Thursday, December 27, 2012

What's On Your Nightstand - December

What's On Your Nightstand
I didn't think that I would have much reading accomplished in December, but I guess I was wrong. My parents came for Christmas and I also spent quite a bit of time sewing (thus all the audio books).Right now I'm really focusing on getting a couple other books read before the end of this year so I haven't really thought through what I want to read in January, so my list may end up being very tentative for January.

My Nightstand for January:
From my November nightstand I read:
Sprig Muslin by Georgette Heyer (This was an okay read by Georgette Heyer. I've read better.)

Revolutionary Parenting: What the Research Shows Really Works by George Barna (This came highly recommended to me. There were a few worthy points, but for the most part it was just an okay read when I wasn't disagreeing.)

I am currently reading:
A Philosophy of Education by Charlotte Mason (I am trying to get this finished before 2012 is finished. This is a hefty piece of work that is making my mind work too hard!)

I also read:
Full Moon by P.G. Wodehouse (A Blandings novel. Wodehouse always makes me laugh and comes up with the craziest plot lines.)

The Matchmakers of Butternut Creek by Jane Myers Perrine (This a book I discovered on the new shelf at the library. I took a chance on it since I really enjoy reading about the Harvey Girls. I enjoyed this more than I thought. It also dealt with World War I soldiers and the Spanish Influenza.)

Naughty In Nice (A Royal Spyness Mystery) by Rhys Bowen (Reading through this series)

Wish You Were Eyre (Mother Daughter Book Club) by Heather Vogel Frederick (The last book in the Mother Daughter Book Club series. This time the focus in on Jane Eyre and the girls all have new experiences and have to practice "getting their Jane on." I have enjoyed this series, but felt this book was a little lacking compared to the earlier books.)

Cleaning House: A Mom's Twelve-Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement by Kay Wills Wyma (review)

The Guilt-Free Prayer Journal for Moms by Jeannie St. John Taylor (A handy book I used during my devotional time. Its focus is on praying for your children.)

I listened to:
The Convenient Marriage by Georgette Heyer (I absolutely loved this book. This story was set during the Regency Period and was a lot of fun, though there were a few times I wanted to plug my ears since I couldn't stand the suspense.)

Murder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Piorot Mystery by Agatha Christie (Piorot solves a murder on the Orient Express. The murderer is a surprise. I am discovering I enjoy the books that Hastings does not appear in.)

Peril at End House: A Hercule Poirot Mystery by Agatha Christie (Piorot and Hastings work together to solve a murder at End House. This was an okay read.)

Three Act Tragedy: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot Mysteries) by Agatha Christie (I would have to say this has been my least liked Poirot Mystery so far. Very different and a sad ending.)

See what others have read over at 5 Minutes for Books.


  1. My goodness -- and you still managed to fit in Christmas with all that reading? :) I enjoy Agatha Christie books as well -- too bad that the parenting book wasn't better. The book with the Jane Eyre focus sounds interesting to me as JE has been my all-time-fave for years. Happy New Year!

  2. The Jane Eyre-related book sounds good to me, too.

    I've heard of Georgette Heyer but never read her. I'll have to keep an eye out for The Convenient Marriage.

    I did see the Masterpiece Theatre version of Murder on the Orient Express -- the culprit was indeed a surprise. It was kind of disturbing! I should try some of her books on audiobook some time.

  3. I like your description of Revolutionary Parenting. :-) It proves we can't always rely on titles alone.

    I love discovering an accidental find at the library. I didn't do that enough this year.

    Great list!

  4. I'm hoping to read Wish You Were Eyre soon, just read Home for the Holidays this month. Such a cute series :O)

  5. I love your interest in mysteries...I like listening to Agatha Christie on audio...never read P.D. Wodehouse sister likes those...if you like mysteries with a young sleuth...check out The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie...set in 11 yr old girl who loves chemistry solves a local mystery related to a rare stamp...

  6. That's an impressive list! I want to read a couple of Mason's books but haven't convinced myself to tackle them just yet. ;) I hope you're able to finish it before the end of the year!

  7. My 12 year old will be receiving his first Agatha Christie book from his grandparents this weekend. I remember enjoying so many of her books when I was younger!

    Happy new year!
    -Dawn, 5M4B

  8. Great mix this month! I read the first 2 Mother-Daughter Book Club books and would love to get back to those. Happy reading!


  9. Wow! That's a lot of reading! I should give Heyer a try sometime.



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