Tuesday, January 31, 2017

What's On Your Nightstand - January

What's On Your Nightstand 
Due to an unusual circumstance I ended up reading quite a bit of non-fiction so I had a really good month in January. I am keeping my list smallish since I love the freedom of picking up whatever strikes my fancy. We shall see what February holds!

For February:

From December's Nightstand I read:
  • Middlemarch by George Eliot (narrator: Nadia May) - This is my third time through Middlemarch which I still enjoyed as much as ever. This time around I think I got a lot more out of Eliot's philosophical comments that she weaves throughout the story.
  • Miss Dimple and the Slightly Bewildered Angel by Mignon F. Ballard - The last book in the Miss Dimple series.
  • A Handbook to Morning Time by Cindy Rollins - This is a handy little book that Cindy Rollins put together sharing what she did in her morning times. A great resource in a little package.
  • Letters to My Daughters: The Art of Being a Wife - Barbara Rainey - An encouraging read especially for those who are in the first 10 or so years of marriage.
I also read:
  • Miss Dimple Picks a Peck of Trouble by Mignon F. Ballard - Another Miss Dimple book.
  • A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters - I read this back in January of 2008 and decided to go back and revisit it. I really enjoyed it more this time than my first time through--though I couldn't tell you why.
  • Straw Into Gold by Gary D. Schmidt - An interesting and different retelling of Rumpelstiltskin which I really enjoyed.
  • Give Your Child the World by Jamie C. Martin - A book full of book lists that happen in different parts of the world. I love book lists so even though I doubt I'll read even half the books mentioned I found a few I hadn't heard of which will go on our list.
  • My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead - Searching for Middlemarch in the library catalog brought up this book. I decided to check this one out. While there were some interesting tidbits about George Eliot I can't say it was all that interesting otherwise.
  • Nurse Come You Here by Mary J. MacLeod - On the hand, this was a great little memoir. More stories of Mary MacLeod that start out in the first book, Call the Nurse.

I listened to:
  • Living Forward by Michael Hyatt & Daniel Harkevy - This was a free audio for Christian Audio so I gave it a listen. Interesting concept--but it seemed overwhelming to implement. Simple speaks to me!

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


  1. I read Middlemarch for the first time last year, but I can see how a re-read of it would be profitable. Interesting about Living Forward. I just downloaded it and will see what I think. I like simple too, though, so this book may or may not work for me either. :( Thanks for sharing, Beth!

  2. I have Middlemarch on my to-read list for some time in the next month or two. I really enjoyed that author's Daniel Deronda a few years back so I am hoping I like Middlemarch as well.

    I've heard of Letters to My Daughters - I'd like to check into it some time.

    I have Dorothy Sayers down as an author to look into some time as well.

  3. It's nice to have a smaller book list every so often - although it's not in my cards for next month. Like Barbara, I've had Dorothy Sayers on a list of authors to look at for years - and just haven't gotten around to actually reading her.

  4. I have always wanted to read Middlemarch, but it looms large- but audio- of course! My answer to long books!

  5. I just finished Rilla of Ingleside... it was my favorite of whole series!



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