From January's Nightstand I read:
- How To Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind by Dana K. White - What a practical book! I have quite a few routines down pat in my house, but there are a few areas that just never get done as often as I like. This was just a nice healthy dose of reality along with the reassurance that you may never get it perfect but just doing something will make a difference. Brilliant, right?
- Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy L. Sayers - I read this along with the Close Reads podcast. An enjoyable read, though I was surprised to find Sayer's allowing Lord Peter to be "judge and jury" concerning the murderer as a resolution of this story. I'm not sure if this was done with a lot of thought or just an easy way to end the book.
- Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery - On a home school list I'm on this particular book came up as the subject of having 4% of the text edited in the Bantam edition. Since I owned the re-issued, unedited version I decided to re-read it and see if I could tell a difference. I have read and listened to this book numerous times and honestly, without reading each page side by side I only found one part that stood out to me and it had been edited out of the Bantam edition. That being said I still thoroughly enjoyed the book and I don't think it was the extra 3,000+ words that did it.
- Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson - I have some friends that have been doing a book club for years and I have always wanted to go. This year I'm attempting it and this was this month's choice. I realized that I have had three of my kids read this and yet I had never read it. Well, that is now rectified. A fun, adventurous read.
- Evidence Not Seen by Darlene Deibler Rose - This was a family read-aloud and I won't admit how long it has taken us to get through this, but I finally determined to get this one done. The subtitle is 'A Woman's Miraculous Faith in the Jungles of World War II' and this is an amazing story that I wanted to share with my kids. If you need your faith raised this is a good place to start. (Our inability to get get this book read wasn't because of the content, but rather on our inability to get our act together!)
- One Corpse Too Many by Ellis Peters - Last month I read the first in the Bro. Cadfael series and this month I delved in a little deeper. I am really enjoy this series so far.
- Monk's Hood by Ellis Peters - another Bro. Cadfael
- St. Peter's Fair by Ellis Peters - and yet another Bro. Cadfael
- Ember Falls by S.D. Smith - All my kids listened to this a few months ago and then wanted to discuss it with me. Unfortunately, I hadn't listened to it yet which brought howls. My daughter has pestered me and I finally finished it today. This is a great adventure story and I can see why my kids love it. Unfortunately, I was getting lost which they did their best to help their mother out. I think I need to just order the books and read them.