Monday, February 24, 2014

What's On Your Nightstand - February

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What's On Your Nightstand

For March:

Read from January's Nightstand:

I am currently reading:
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo - Yes, I am making headway on this, but goodness, Hugo can ramble for pages and pages about a town, the French Revolution, a convent, or whatever tickles his fancy. Please, just give me the story!!
  • The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth: Live Them and Reach Your Potential by John Maxwell - Umm, yes, this is still on my list. I had to send the book back to the library. I have been finishing it up with an audio CD and only have half a disc left, but haven't much time in the car (the only vehicle with a CD player).

 I also read:

I listened to:
  • April Lady by Georgette Heyer - Probably not her finest work, but still a fun story. Heyer goes into a lot of detail in this book talking about different aspects of life in the Regency Period. 
  • Reluctant Widow by Georgette Heyer - Another fun read. I have decided that Heyer's writing really shines when she includes children or young people in her stories.
  • The Elusive Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy - Book 3 in The Scarlet Pimpernel Series. I have to admit Baroness Orczy does a good job of showing the horrors of the French Revolution.

I quit reading:
  • 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker - I thought I wasn't going to like this book and I was right. First off, a memoir that focuses on a author's "me, me," and "I, I," descriptions really annoy me. I did read 100 pages into the book and to be honest, I couldn't relate or sympathize with her in the least. Secondly, this book addresses what I refer to as "Christian hot topics"--helping the poor and materialism--in the Christian world right now. I want to go on record stating that Christians are to be reaching out the poor and homeless and yes, we can be very materialistic, but social justice is not the answer. Disguising the message of "social justice" in the Gospel of Jesus is not Biblical AT ALL!

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


  1. I read the unabridged Les Miserables a few years ago. I don't know why in the world Hugo spent so much time on side issues like the battle of Waterloo or the history of the sewer system. I usually prefer unabridged books but that's one I recommend the abridged version of.

    I've read The Scarlet Pimpernel but not any others in the series. I Will Repay is on my list to read for the year.

    I think I'd feel the same way about the last book you mentioned.

  2. I've got Les Mis on my list but I have to admit this makes me nervous. ha. Sounds like maybe there'll be pages I need to scan instead of read. I'm not much for rambling details.

    I finally started The Scarlet Pimpernel after all these years. So far, so good.

    The Scrapbooking book sounds interesting; I love typography. I haven't scrapbooked in quite awhile though. Maybe one day I'll start again.

  3. I didn't realize for a long while that The Scarlett Pimpernel was a series of books. I've always meant to read them, but never have. You have several books in your line-up that I've "meant to" and so your nightstand posts usually make me feel the most guilty of all. :D Thanks for that!? :D

  4. I didn't know until recently that The Scarlet Pimpernel was a series - I have it up as my next Classics Club selection. Les Mis is on the list as well - you're making me nervous... I also prefer books that get to the story instead of rambling on (sounds like Hugo needed an editor!).

  5. A friend showed me Seven and I flipped through it and came to about the same conclusions you did. I haven't read it and don't really intend to.

    I think I agree with you about Georgette Heyer's works that involve children. There was one I read not too long ago (Let me run look it up on my "books read" document...Okay, it was Frederica) that included a whole family and I simply adored it. It was just plain fun.

  6. We are enjoying Poirot here as well. The Magic Apple Tree is on my to read list as well. Hopefully I will get to it soon!

    My daughter enjoyed the Scarlet Pimpernel...I wonder if she knows it is part of a series. She is also reading Les Mis. It is hard to keep up with her literary pursuits, lol.

  7. Your Nightstand posts leave me in the dust. They give me hope, though, that mothers with 4 children will get their sanity (& a wee little bit of time) back at some point!



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