Monday, October 26, 2015

What's On Your Nightstand - October

What's On Your Nightstand

October has flown by. It didn't feel like I read in very much, but I did make through 1037 pages of Gone with the Wind. I am counting that for more than one book. My November nightstand is smaller since my mom is coming for a two week visit in November. I making my goals manageable.

For November:

From September I read:
  • The Excellent Wife: A Biblical Perspective by Martha Peace - I know a lot of people really like this book, but I found the author's tone very overbearing and harsh. There are some great books on the market for a wife that is wanting follow God's Word that I can't recommend this one at all.
  • Hands Free Mama: A Guide to Putting Down the Phone, Burning the To-Do List, and Letting Go of Perfection to Grasp What Really Matters! by Rachel Macy Stafford - You don't have to be attached to your phone or technology to gain insight from this book. Excellent advice for learning to live in the moment and focus on what is important right now rather than letting your life be filled with unnecessary busyness. Excellent read!
  • Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell - So I finally made it through this very aggravating book. No, I did not like it. I can't find anything enduring about Scarlett at all. And the ending! Ugh! Yes, I knew how it ended, but reading it was still galling. I guess I am too much of a romantic and I need my books to have perfect endings. Anyhow, I did read it. I am in the know and from there we will call it good. One day I will get around to doing a more thorough review. 
  • My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell - Oh what fun! This is a re-read and as a homeschool mom this is a book I can really appreciate and it has hysterically funny parts to top it off. This tells the story of Gerald Durrell and his family who relocated to Corfu, a Greek isle. He loves natural history and spends his time wandering the island collecting and studying it to his heart's content. A fun read. (Just so you know: This is a PG read including language and drinking.)
 I listened to:
  • A Long Way from Chicago: A Novel in Stories by Richard Peck - I love this series by Richard Peck. One of my kids listened to them so I decided that I would also listen to them before they had to go back to the library. They were just as good as I remembered.
  • A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck - Ditto and this one even made me cry and it had the perfect ending!

See what others have read over at 5 Minutes for Books


  1. I am reading (or rather listening to) Come Rain or Come Shine now - love it.

    Thanks for your perspective on GWTW I have never wanted to read it - didn't like the movie and thought Scarlet was a self-centered brat - but every now and then I would think I should read it because it is a classic. But it would be such a major investment of time, especially for something I didn't like in the first place.

    I thought The Excellent Wife had some good things to say (if I remember correctly - it's been years since I read it), but I did not like her tone, either, so have not recommended it to people.

    1. I just read GWTW recently as well! Right there with you both! I HATE Scarlett!!!

      On the other hand, I did find Rhett rather endearing and so liked it for that reason... Also found it oddly thought provoking (like seriously, it was all I could think about for weeks!)

      It is a tough read though!

  2. I love the premise of Hands Free Mama (and I don’t even have kids at home anymore!). We all can benefit by learning to live more in the moment.

    When I was young, I really loved GWTW. I wonder what I'd think now as an adult...but I won't take the time to re-read it again. I probably did that enough as a teen. ha.

  3. GWTW was one of my favorites as a teen as well. Not so sure I'd like it now but my romantic teenage heart sure loved it!

    I feel the same about the Excellent Wife - while I can agree with some of what she says her tone is harsh.

    Hands Free Mama sounds good!

  4. Hmmm....I am one of those who has not read Gone with the Wind and it holds absolutely no appeal to me. It seems to be a book that people love though, so I am probably missing out.

    Excellent Wife was the highly touted book to read in the 90s -- it made me feel that if I didn't read it and follow what it says that I was a loss cause....many "self help" type books - Christian ones - tended to do that, or maybe it was the circle I was in. I bet there are better godly wife books out now that maybe herald us to have grace towards ourselves and others?...I hope so. (I've not read the book-I own it though, of course - so maybe it does point towards grace but I didn't get that feeling from the tone of how it used to be spoke about)



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