Monday, July 21, 2014

What's On Your Nightstand - July

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What's On Your Nightstand

I had an excellent month this month for reading, but that is because life finally slowed down to a nice pace. Unfortunately, August goes back to being very busy so I have picked a light load for this month. I am secretly hoping to get more read than these, but we will see.

For August:

I read from June's Nightstand:
Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms by Mary Jo Tate - (Review forthcoming)
Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life by Crystal Paine - Encouraging read.
Busman's Honeymoon: A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery with Harriet Vane by Dorothy Sayers - Lord Peter and Harriet Vane are finally married and of course discover a corpse on their honeymoon. Interesting to see how they adjust to marriage. This was a fun series to read.
Faro's Daughter by Georgette Heyer - I thought this was going to be a ho-hum read, but it got really interesting when the heroine kidnapped the hero. Fun read.
Fired Up (Trouble in Texas Book #2) by Mary Connealy - I always enjoy Mary Connealy.
Hitty Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Fields - On my Classics list. Hoping to get to the review up soon.

I also read:
Plan Your Year: Homeschool Planning for Purpose and Peace by Pam Barnhill - I probably didn't "need" this book, but I did enjoy it. It has helped me get working on the upcoming homeschool year plans. Ties in nicely with the following book.
Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler's Guide to Unshakeable Peace by Sarah Mackenzie - Very uplifting read. I bought this as the ebook, companion journal, audio companion. The audio's are the cream of the bundle. This is a book that I will be revisiting soon.
Setting the Records Straight: How to Craft Homeschool Transcripts and Course Descriptions for College Admission and Scholarships by Lee Binz - Read it--have yet to implement it. On my Reading Goals for 2014 list. This will stay on my resource shelf.
Too Blessed for This Mess: The Frazzled Female's Guide to Overcoming Stress by Cindi Wood - This was a free Kindle book. Nothing earth shattering.
The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary - Edited this post to add this book. This was a read-aloud with my 6 year old daughter. She pulled it off the shelf and said she wanted to read it so we did!
Stuck Together (Trouble in Texas Book #3) by Mary Connealy - Finished the series.

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


  1. I'm reading the Teaching from Rest for August. I bought the bundle, too, and am glad to see that it's a worthwhile purchase.

    I checked out a Heyer to take with me in vacation but didn't even manage to get Great Expectations finished. One day I'll see what all the fuss is about. ;)

  2. I tend to read more in the summer, too. My kids and I sometimes just lay in bed together and read together late at night because we don't have to get up as early!

  3. I love notebooks so the The Living Page book looks very interesting to me. Faro's Daughter sounds like a fun read! Praying you have a blessed new school year ahead with your kids!

  4. Ooo.... good books on this list! I kept saying - i love that one... must read that one... ;-)

    I just purchased Teaching from Rest as well and I so look forward to getting into it. Definitely a good thing to read before starting a new homeschool year.

  5. When my kids were little our library had a video of The Mouse and the Motorcycle that we just loved, but somehow we never read the book.

  6. I've been seeing Teaching from Rest everywhere, it seems. I'm curious! I've already put Say Goodbye to Survival mode on my list. It seems like a book I need. :)

  7. I want to read The Living Page. Can't wait to hear what you think of it! I'm hearing a lot about Teaching from Rest so I might need to add it to my list.

  8. Teaching From Rest. Hmmmm....gotta look that one up!

  9. I love when things get a little less busy so reading can get done - but I'm much more likely to have times where I let things slide so reading can get done :-) Lots of good homeschooling resources to gear up for the next busy year - hope you all get off to a good start, and find rest amidst the busyness of the next school year!



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