Tuesday, February 28, 2012

What's on My Nightstand - February 2012

This month, I find myself with a LOT of non-fiction on my list (check out other lists at What's on Your Nightstand at 5 Minutes for Books)

Fortunately, I've really enjoyed the non-fiction books I've read recently. I have a big list in general, but I'm also looking forward to Spring Break at home with no schedule, no agenda, and with Amanda off on a mission trip, Kyle and I will truly just be able to chill, so I'm hoping for vacation-level reading!

NON-FICTION (for review):

The Source of All Things: A Memoir by Tracy Ross
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books by Tony Reinke
Just a Minute: In the Heart of a Child, One Moment ... Can Last Forever by Wess Stafford

All of those are for review, and in light of my reading goals***, I stumbled across a great deal on the Kindle for Mitali Perkins' Ambassador Families: Equipping Your Kids To Engage Popular Culture, so I downloaded it, and have actually started reading it!

FICTION (for review):

The Land of Decoration by Grace McCleen
The Rebel Wife by Taylor M. Polites
These Girls by Sarah Pekkanen

FICTION (just for me)

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers -- I've been wanting to get to this, but I think I will read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins first, a re-read in preparation for the movie's release in March. I listened to the audiobook the first time, years ago, and I'm not sure if I'm going to listen again, or if I'll read it. I did borrow the book free, thanks to the amazon prime kindle lending library, so I can do whichever. I did enjoy the audio version, but I wonder if reading it might be a different experience.


Jordan Sonnenblick is one of mine and my daughter's favorite new (to us) authors. Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip is his newest release, and I can't wait to hear it.

I just started The Night Swimmer by Matt Bondurant. I haven't gotten into it yet, but I hope it picks up. I think it will.

***How are my reading goals going, you ask?

My two primary goals were to read at least 12 books this year just for me, and to better catalog the books I've read, and I'm doing great with both of them.

I just finished Run Your Butt Off!: A Breakthrough Plan to Lose Weight and Start Running (No Experience Necessary!), which I loved; as well as finally getting to Tim Challies' The Next Story: Life and Faith after the Digital Explosion, which was also interesting, and I'm almost finished with A Year by the Sea: Thoughts of an Unfinished Woman by Joan Anderson (which isn't as depressing as it sounds). I had already read one personal pick in January, and as I mentioned above, I've started another, so I'm on my way to completing five, with 2 more on my list this month.

I think that making the goal has freed me up a bit, and it's accomplishing it's purpose.

And the reason I can remember all this is that I do indeed have a Google doc set up where I'm tracking my reading. I had a good reading month:

3 audiobooks (2 YA and one memoir)
2 novels read
3 memoirs -- started and finished one, started 2 others to be finished in March
2 nonfiction books started (still in progress), and finished a 3rd and 4th, both of which I started in January
2 middle-grade novels -- finished 1, another one recently started


Modern Day Disciple said...

I love the way you organize and write your list! So many interesting reads as well! You have inspired me both to read, track and post!

Barbara H. said...

I've seen Quiet and Lit! mentioned a lot over the past few months. I read Redeeming Love ages ago. I'm glad it is still being read.

Great work on your goals!

Melissa @ Breath of Life said...

I just finished The Hunger Games trilogy (glad I'm not the only one who's late to the party). I'm reading Lit! right now.

Jennifer Donovan said...

Thanks all!

Barbara -- both of these have been on my list forever. Hope to finally get to them!! I've only heard good things.

Melissa -- Mine is a re-read, not the first time. We'll see if I get to it.

Hopewell said...

"Lit!" sounds good. DIdn't care for "By the Sea" and I need to read "Run your butt off" and get back to running!! Great list!

Bluerose said...

Lit! was great!! Just a Minute and Quiet are two that I'd really like to read.

Monica said...

You have me curious about Lit! Looking forward to your review, I read those at Amazon...interested!

Hope you have some time for recreational reads!

Nancy said...

I've seen Lit! a lot in the past few months, it's a popular one. I'm curious about The Night Swimmer it sounds interesting. Great job on your reading goals!

Lisa notes... said...

I keep getting tempted by Amazon Prime...

So many non-fiction books that I want to read here. More temptations.

I loved "Redeeming Love". I started "The Hunger Games" but just couldn't get past the premise. My daughter has been reading the trilogy though and loves them all.

You did have a good reading month!

morninglight mama said...

I'll just say this-- if Sonnenblick's other books made you tear up, have a box of tissues at the ready for Curveball. I L-O-V-E-D it.

Beth said...

I so want to read Lit! and hopefully will be ordering it soon.

Carrie said...

Yup, that's a good reading month alright!

Yeah for Lit! (I think everyone should read it.) I just finished Just a Minute. And my copy of The Land of Decoration just arrived as well. (I couldn't resist the sounds of it. We'll see who likes it! You? Me? Both?)

Love Bears All Things said...

Years ago, I started keeping a list of books read in my current journal. It helps when I wonder if I've read a certain book or not. I also keep list for the last and current year on my blog.
All of your selections sound like good reads.
Mama Bear

ibeeeg said...

Nice list of books. I will admit, I am not good with non-fiction. Those books usually takeme a long time to finish...that is if I read it from front to back without skipping around.

Katrina @ Callapidder Days said...

I loved Lit! And I'm still curious about Quiet...even looked at it in the bookstore the other day. Maybe for Spring Reading Thing? As always, your reading list is impressive!

Cassandra said...

I really want to read Lit!. I've heard it's REALLY good.

Redeeming Love is a wonderful book! I hope you enjoy it!

Happy March Reading! :)