Tuesday, February 28, 2017

What's On Your Nightstand - February

What's On Your Nightstand 
Oh, February where did you go? Into March I go hoping to to get a little more non-fiction going and figuring out what I want to read for fiction. I am feeling very stymied. Hmmm, that may be sign to put a little P.G. Wodehouse on the list. He is always my go-to when I can't figure out what to read. As of right now I'm going to leave my Nightstand a little sparse and see what happens!

For March:

From January's Nightstand I read:
  • How To Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind by Dana K. White - What a practical book! I have quite a few routines down pat in my house, but there are a few areas that just never get done as often as I like. This was just a nice healthy dose of reality along with the reassurance that you may never get it perfect but just doing something will make a difference. Brilliant, right?
  • Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy L. Sayers - I read this along with the Close Reads podcast. An enjoyable read, though I was surprised to find Sayer's allowing Lord Peter to be "judge and jury" concerning the murderer as a resolution of this story. I'm not sure if this was done with a lot of thought or just an easy way to end the book.
  • Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery - On a home school list I'm on this particular book came up as the subject of having 4% of the text edited in the Bantam edition. Since I owned the re-issued, unedited version I decided to re-read it and see if I could tell a difference. I have read and listened to this book numerous times and honestly, without reading each page side by side I only found one part that stood out to me and it had been edited out of the Bantam edition. That being said I still thoroughly enjoyed the book and I don't think it was the extra 3,000+ words that did it.
  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson - I have some friends that have been doing a book club for years and I have always wanted to go. This year I'm attempting it and this was this month's choice. I realized that I have had three of my kids read this and yet I had never read it. Well, that is now rectified. A fun, adventurous read.
I also read:
  • Evidence Not Seen by Darlene Deibler Rose - This was a family read-aloud and I won't admit how long it has taken us to get through this, but I finally determined to get this one done. The subtitle is 'A Woman's Miraculous Faith in the Jungles of World War II' and this is an amazing story that I wanted to share with my kids. If you need your faith raised this is a good place to start. (Our inability to get get this book read wasn't because of the content, but rather on our inability to get our act together!)
  • One Corpse Too Many by Ellis Peters - Last month I read the first in the Bro. Cadfael series and this month I delved in a little deeper. I am really enjoy this series so far. 
  • Monk's Hood by Ellis Peters - another Bro. Cadfael
  • St. Peter's Fair by Ellis Peters - and yet another Bro. Cadfael
I listened to:
  • Ember Falls by S.D. Smith - All my kids listened to this a few months ago and then wanted to discuss it with me. Unfortunately, I hadn't listened to it yet which brought howls. My daughter has pestered me and I finally finished it today. This is a great adventure story and I can see why my kids love it. Unfortunately, I was getting lost which they did their best to help their mother out. I think I need to just order the books and read them.
 See what others have read over at 5 Minutes for Books.


  1. Evidence Not Seen is one of my all-time favorite non-fiction books. I have been wanting to try Sayers but haven't yet. Some day I am going to get to Treasure Island, too. I am surprised that they edited Rilla of Ingleside - I am curious now about what part. I have the older version, too.

  2. I would love to do Treasure Island as a read-aloud- Glad to know you liked it!



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