Tuesday, August 28, 2012

What's On Your Nightstand - August

What's On Your Nightstand
Well, it has been another incredibly crazy month around the Starr house. Yes, I have found time to read and no, I haven't found time to blog about what I read. So this month I'm putting some short and sweet thoughts after each book that I read just in case your curious.  My reading plans for September include:

I'm sure I'll read more, but I'm leaving myself open for new possiblities, recommendations or as the reading spirit moves! From my July Nightstand I read:
  • Love Finds You in Groom, Texas Janice Hanna - I have enjoyed other book by Janice Hanna/Thompson, but I found this one extremely boring. The only reason why I finished it was to help me go to sleep at night. This is the second book in the "Love Finds You" series that I have read and will probably be the last.
  • Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo - A book by the author of War Horse. I found this young adult book very dark and depressing and would NOT recommend it for young adults.
  • Deconstructing Penguins: Parents, Kids, and the Bond of Reading by Laurence and Nancy Goldstone - A book about hosting book clubs for young children and showing them how to unlock books "hidden meaning." This book gave me a lot to think about, but I honestly think if a kid did this all the time it would totally suck the fun and delight out of reading.
  • A Mother's Rule of Life: How to Bring Order to Your Home and Peace to Your Soul by Holly Pierlot - I read this book after reading quite a few blog reviews. This is written from a Catholic point of view (which I am not) and terminology, which I found very hard to trudge through to find much worthwhile that spoke to me.  

I am currently reading:

I also read these books which caught my eye at the library plus a few freebies that I had loaded on my Kindle:
  • Chameleon (The Ravensmoore Chronicles) by Jillian Kent - I can't begin to say how much I enjoyed this book. It keeps you on your toes trying to guess who is the chameleon. The author has built this series around mental illness which bring a different twist to the story.
  • Child of the Mist by Kathleen Morgan - Scotland and romance--need I say more!
  • Miss Julia to the Rescue by Ann B. Ross - Miss Julia is at is again! This time she has to rescue Hazel Marie's husband, Mr. Pickens all the while she is trying to do a major remodel on her house. Always good for a laugh.
  • Remembering You by Tricia Goyer - The journey of a World War II veteran, accompanied by his granddaughter. They follow the path through Europe he took during the War. I liked the story of the veterans and really disliked the granddaughter and her romance that is taking place on the journey. The book is worth checking out just to read the author's notes on how she was able to interview veteran's of the war and the remarkable story she tells of a how a medic saved a baby's life and how they were reunited years later.
  • Rain Song by Alice Wisler - This a new to me author. This was a fun read that definitely kept me intrigued until the end. My only complaint is that the ending left me hanging and I had to conjure up my own perfect ending.
  • Get Organized! Your 12 Month Home Clutter Killer Guide: Organizing The House, Decluttering And How To Clean Your Home To Perfection by Colette Leigh - Nothing phenomenal, but I seem to gain one tip from reading books like this.
  • The Girl's Still Got It: Take a Walk with Ruth and the God Who Rocked Her World by Liz Curtis Higgs - Who doesn't love the book of Ruth? This is a different way to do a study of the Bible which is filled with  plenty of humor, yet bringing home the truth of God's Word.

See what others are reading over at 5 Minutes for Books.


  1. Re: Penguins-I totally agree. If everything becomes fraught with meaning, and the object of reading becomes discerning hidden meaning, the joy is lost. On the other hand, I remember my wonder and delight in starting to tease out hidden meanings from books when I took British lit from my aunt in ninth grade. So both can be fun--but neither all of the time.

  2. Lark rise to Candleford, as in the tv show? Hmmm. . .

    I've wanted to read Deconstructing Penguins, buti get what you're saying about it, too.

    You did a lot of reading! :-)

  3. I just put Lark Rise to Candleford on my TBR list. I don't think I had even heard of the program, but the books sounds really good.

    I've often wondered if there was a way to teach literature without sucking the life out of books. I love my Lit. classes, but there were some teachers who made it a joy and others who made it so dry, and I don't know quite what made the difference except their own enthusiasm.

  4. Lark Rise to Candleford is on my to-read list, I think because I found the movie at the library and realized it was based on a novel. I like reading the books first so added the movie to my queue for when I finish reading the book. Whenever that will be. ;)

    Your review of Love Finds You made me laugh. I tried one of the books in the series but wasn't taken with it. I'm not sure I would read more either. It's always amusing when you find your opinion doesn't align with the glowing reviews on Amazon or Goodreads. Most reviews I've read rave about the Love Finds You books but I'm not so sure. :)

  5. I like to leave room for new possibilities too. You never know what great book may pop up! I find I constantly get free books on my Kindle too. I'll never get around to reading them all--which is probably how it should be. ha.

  6. The Ravensmoore series sounds interesting. You have some great books on your list this month!


  7. I totally hear you about finding a bit of time (here and there) to read but not the time to write up reviews. I'm hoping September is bit calmer? But I think that might be too much to ask . . .

    Oh well, we take what we can get, right?

  8. I read a couple of the Love Finds You books - a nice diversion, I thought. The Higgs book on Ruth sounds interesting!



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