Tuesday, August 26, 2008

What's on My Nightstand -- August

What's On Your Nightstand


I am happy (and a bit surprised) to say that I actually finished everything on my July list except for The Shack by William P. Young. In spite of coming across a powerful review at Big Mama, I am not even sure if I'll get to it this month, but I might, so I'll leave it on the stack. I'm just not feeling it (I want to read it, but it just doesn't feel like it's going to get read this month. If I can't say that to fellow bookworms, who can I say it to?).

By far my favorite book that I read last month was Harry Potter #5 by J.K. Rowling (which I just finished last night). I had been on a long Harry Potter break. It had probably been a year or more since I finished the fourth one, and it was delightful to return to Hogwarts. You'll notice that year six is not on my list. I think that I will take another little break, and draw out the final goodbye to these friends.



A few of these books do have an interesting story:

Pride and Prejudice, for our Classics Bookclub. It's from the Complete Works of Jane Austen there on the bottom. I purchased that two years ago. After I had challenged myself to read one of Jane Austen's books for one of Katrina's Reading Challenges, I decided I'd definitely like to read more.

Wife in the North
-- It's a review copy, but I'm really looking forward to reading about the City girl who moves to Alaska after getting married.

Saturdays with Stella -- Another review copy. I've started this one, and it's delightful. A woman makes application from the training of her poorly behaved dog to the way God sees us and we submit to His commands.

When the Labels Don't Fit -- Another review copy that looks at parenting your children based on their personalities.

A Season of Night: New Orleans Life After Katrina -- The author Ian McNulty is my new sister-in-law's cousin. I met him at the wedding last September. He's delightful and charming. He's a writer who lives in New Orleans, and I'm looking forward to this one as well.

Enchanted Thyme -- This is another book with a personal connection. It's a children's chapter book, the first in the "Delicious Adventure series." It has a story and recipes. The chef is my friend Amy's brother-in-law (I met Amy on the Disney Mommy Blogger trip). Amanda's already given this her thumbs up.

Click on over to 5 Minutes for Books to participate in this month's carnival, or just click over and see what the blogosphere is reading.

20 comments:

stephanie said...

I had high hopes of adding Pride and Prejudice to my stack this month, but alas, I checked out a massive pile at the library this month. I finished The Shack a few weeks ago and it's definitely different...

Shannon (muzbeecrazy.com) said...

Kudos to you for finishing your July list! My husband is a huge fan of the Harry Potter books and has read them all. I don't know why I haven't picked them up yet. He keeps insisting that I should. Maybe someday...

Melissa @ Breath of Life said...

Oooh...a couple of those look very interesting!

I have "The Shack", but haven't read it yet. I've been otherwise occupied with my job for a certain website ;-)

Julie said...

I had been re-reading Harry Potter as well, getting all excited about the movie in November...and then they moved it to July!! Oh well, just more time to start from the beginning lol. I can't wait to read your reviews of that super stack of books.

Bluestocking said...

I realistically don't think I'll finish my book pile this month. But I'll die trying.

My post is linked to my name.

Katrina said...

Looks good, though I don't know how you can take Harry Potter breaks. I would need to just keep reading them. :)

I think Pride & Prejudice is going to be on my Fall Into Reading list, since I've never ever read it.

When the Labels Don't Fit looks good too.

gail@more than a song said...

My daughter read the last 3 or 4 Harry Potter books this summer! I haven't read any of them. I had been thinking I'd read The Shack; my hubby listens to Hank Hanegraaf on the radio and we'd heard a not so good review of it there so I'm trying to decide if I'll read it...I think he came from an accuracy standpoint and what the author is teaching elsewhere in churches but I didn't hear the whole thing! I didn't finish one of mine from last month and might add it later.

Michele said...

Wife in the north sounds interesting. You're going to love the next Harry Potter!

Kimberly/Mom in the City said...

It's interesting that you mentioned "The Shack". My minister recently said that he was reading it. I want to read it but I hear that there are some pretty heavy themes in it and I have to be in "the right mood" to tackle it.

Nise' said...

My sons tell me I need to read the HP books! One of these days. I still am going back and forth on whether or not to read The Shack.

Carrie said...

Ha! I have the same feelings about The Shack. I want to read it but the strong desire hasn't struck.

Enchanted Thyme sounds interesting so I'll look forward to your review of that!

Lindsay said...

Glad you liked the 5th Harry Potter book.. I love that series! I love the Jane Austin collection book that you have!

Ladybug said...

I love Harry Potter and definitely couldn't take a break when I was reading them! You have a great collection there! :D

Lauren@Baseballs&Bows said...

When I first saw the pic, I thought, "What is that huge book?" Then I read that you aren't reading the entire book this month. :) Hope you are enjoying P&P!

Angie said...

I read the last two Harry Potter books last year...never had read the others so since I enjoyed them so much I decided to read the others. I'm a little backwards.

I have Pride and Prejudice in my TBR pile along with Emma...one of these days I'm going to read them.

Corinne said...

Can't wait to hear how you liked Enchanted Thyme -- it sounds like the perfect book for my culinary-minded 10 year old. My husband started The Shack and didn't finish it -- he didn't agree with some of the theology in the way God was presented. It has never been on my "to read" list because of the underlying subject matter -- that kind of stuff keeps me up at night. Anyway, you've got a very diverse and interesting list -- will be looking forward to the reviews.

Casey said...

I love looking at the pictures of the book stacks. I love books, and even looking at their spines makes me happy. :)

Lisa said...

I've read many good reviews of Jane Austen's books, but have never read any myself. I may have to tackle Pride and Prejudice as part of the Classics Bookclub.

Sarah said...

I just finished Franny and Zooey on the bus yesterday. gorgeous, gorgeous book. ahh the classics.

Sarah Mehrens said...

I'll be sure to let you know - link to my review of the book. So far I am enjoying it.