What I actually read this month was…
(Click on the titles to see my reviews.)
- Love Comes Softly by Janette Oke
- The Quest by Nancy Moser
- Second Time Around by Nancy Moser
- American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation by Jon Meacham*
Read some great quotes from the introduction.
- Become a Better You by Joel Osteen
- The Best Apron Book Ever edited by Julie Johnson
- Community Quilts by Kavava and Skemp
- The Cross of Christ by John Stott
I also wrote copious notes on this title.
- It All Changed in an Instant: More Six Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure edited by Smith Magazine
- Marry Him: The Case for settling for Mr. Good Enough by Lori Gottlieb
I also wrote up a post of quotes from this book
- The Myth of a Christian Nation by Greg Boyd
Also see my various thoughts related to this title from my weeks of reading it together with a book club
- The Organized Home by Real Simple
- See What I’m Saying: The Extraordinary Powers of our Five Senses by Lawrence D. Rosenblum
- Southern Living Homestyle Cookbook
I made and modified four recipes from this book: Peanut Butter Squares, French Toast Casserole, Southwestern Turkey and Rice Soup, and the amazing Arlene’s Herb Biscuits.
- Children’s Picture Books author ASCH-AZORE (95 titles)
including several Moonbear titles by Frank Asch
some bird books by Dianna Hutts Aston
and some read aloud favorites by Jim Aylesworth
- The Animal Shelter Mystery created by Gertrude Chandler Warner
- Inside The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by Bell, Pyykkonen, and Washington
- The Phantom Freighter by Franklin W. Dixon
- The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee*
I generally review what I can prior to my nightstand post and figure that I’ll leave what I didn’t get to un-reviewed. I DO NOT want to do that with Jon Meacham’s American Gospel or Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird–both are too excellent to not write about. I hope to write about both over this next week–the reviews will be linked in my “Recap” post that comes out Saturday evenings at 11:59. So if you want to read my thoughts on either of those books, check back sometime on Sunday for the link. Otherwise, if you see a linked title on this post (or any other of my nightstand posts), the link will lead to my review.
Currently in the middle of…
- Dug Down Deep by Joshua Harris
I’m still working on this one slowly with my book group–I’ll let you know when I’ve got a formal review done!
- Founding Faith by Steven Waldman
A history of church and state in the United States. So far, quite interesting. It makes a case for there not having been a uniform religion among the Founding Fathers–leading to interesting discussions of the interactions between church and state.
- Proverbs: The Wisdom of Solomon translated by Rabbi Rami M. Shapiro
I’m reading this along with my daily Bible reading (which currently has me in Proverbs.) This is a free translation (somewhat akin to the Message, only by a Jewish rabbi who appears to be rather secular)–and it makes for some interesting reading and comparison.
- A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken
Lisa reviewed it, I recapped it, Casandra raved about it–and then she lent me her library copy so I could read it (Casandra’s my roommate, for those who were wondering!) Thus far, this is a spectacular true story.
On this month’s nightstand:
I’m going easy on myself this month, recognizing that I’m starting up quite a few new things that’ll likely eat a significant portion of my time. Thus, there are only (!) 13 titles on this month’s nightstand (not counting the homemakey books and the children’s picture books, of course.)
- By Way of the Silverthorns by Grace Livingston Hill
- A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
- Love’s Enduring Promise by Janette Oke
- Love’s Long Journey by Janette Oke
- Masquerade by Nancy Moser
- Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
- How to Write & Publish a Scientific Paper by Robert A. Day
- Manufacturing Depression by Gary Greenberg
- The Narnian by Alan Jacobs
- The World According to Mr. Rogers
- Your Best Life Now by Joel Osteen
(After reading Osteen’s Become a Better You, I’m not sure whether I’ll read this one or not–I’m guessing I’ll skim it just for the basics so I can dialogue about it in an informed manner. Please read my thoughts on Osteen for a better understanding of why I’m reading/skimming this title.)
- A dozen craft/decorating/homemakey books
- Children’s Picture Books author BA-?
- C.S. Lewis: The Chronicler of Narnia by Mary Dodson Wade
- The Homeschool Liberation League by Lucy Frank
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