Monday, June 22, 2015

What's On Your Nightstand - June

What's On Your Nightstand

June ended up not being too bad when it came to reading. I did do a lot of my reading in the end of the month since my parents were here in the beginning. Sleepless nights always help my reading list, though I can't say they help me very much.

I have four books down for the month of July. I intend on reading more, but right now I'm at a loss at what to read. I have books sitting on my shelf, but they just aren't grabbing my attention. So for right now I am leaving it as it is and will read as the spirit moves!

For July:

From May's Nightstand I read:
  • Consider This: Charlotte Mason and the Classical Tradition by Karen Glass - Thought provoking and deep. This is one that I'll definitely need to read again.
  • French Leave by P.G. Wodehouse - Enjoyable. Not my favorite Wodehouse, but a bad Wodehouse is much better than a lot of other things out there.
  • The World of Pooh: The Complete Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne - This was a read-aloud with my kids. While Winnie-the-Pooh is great for the younger ages, I think you get more out of it when your older. My youngest enjoyed the stories, and though my 15 and 12 year old  were kind of skeptical at first it wasn't too long before I could hear little snickers and by the end loud laughs.
  • Just David by Eleanor H. Porter - If you have read Pollyanna, or even watched the film, you can see the author's hand in this book. Some of the same themes from Pollyanna run through this story also. This was a very a great story with a very sweet end.
I also read:
  • The Blue Sapphire by D.E. Stevenson - A good little read.
  • The Duke's Dilemma by Elizabeth Chater - I read another of Chater's books last month and felt so-so about it. I didn't think I would read any more (My version is a four story pack.) Well, for some reason I ended up reading the next one, which I found to be a much better story.
  • The Scent of Water by Elizabeth Goudge - Wow, Goudge is a wonderful writer. Beautifully written story.
I listened to:
  • David Copperfield by Charles Dickens - To be honest I really didn't have much of a clue of the story of David Copperfield beside the fact that it is considered autobiographical. I found about two-thirds of the book to be kind of tedious, but then it seems that in the last third of the book it all of a sudden got very interesting. This was a book for The Classic Club so I will have a more thorough review coming up.
See what others have read over at 5 Minutes for Books.


  1. I've been reading more and more blogs that mention Mason - and I've been a fan of classical education for a while. Perhaps I should pick up Consider This. Of course, I've got a little time since Tirzah Mae's only 8 months, but reading about homeschooling has long been one of my hobbies :-)

  2. A bad Wodehouse IS a lot better than many other books out there. :) Love that.

  3. Oh, unfortunately, I so get this: "Sleepless nights always help my reading list, though I can't say they help me very much." When people ask me how I read so much, sometimes I want to answer: "Insomnia." ha. That's one reason I love my Kindle Paperwhite because I can read it in bed with its own light without having to turn on a lamp and wake up my husband.

    I haven't read John Croyle's book, but I've heard so much about him and his wonderful ministry. He spoke recently at my husband's workplace and was very inspiring (they said).

  4. I loved David Copperfield. I've been thinking about listening to it later this year.

    I've heard Goudge is good but have only read The Little White Horse, which I didn't like as much as I had thought I would. But I would like to try some of her other books.

    (Some Blogger blogs aren't letting me comment via my WordPress bog, so I am having to use my Google account, but the link to my blog is there.)

  5. I really need to get my hands on 'Consider This' - I keep hearing so much about it. I'm a big fan of Classical Ed. & Charlotte Mason.



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