Tuesday, March 28, 2017

What's On Your Nightstand - March

What's On Your Nightstand 
I had a great month of reading in March, but we won't talk about my lack of sleep. April is a big month for us--baseball starts, my youngest will turn 9,  and my older kids will be competing in a competition doing poetry, expressive readings, preaching, playing chess, entering sewing and photography projects, plus a few more things--so much of my time will be spent helping them prepare. I'm not sure how much reading I will get done, so I'm keeping my Nightstand on the lighter side and who know maybe I'll get some sleep.

April's Nightstand:

From February's Nightstand I read:
  • Simply Classical: A Beautiful Education for Any Child by Cheryl Swope - The premise of this book is giving kids a classical education who are special needs or struggling students. I found the beginning of this book to be an encouraging read, but when it came down to getting actual ideas I felt that most ideas seemed to weigh more on the special needs side rather than a struggling student. Overall, it was an encouraging read.
  • The Leper of Saint Giles by Ellis Peters - Another Bro. Cadfael mystery which I found quite interesting.
I didn't read:
  • The Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Harrison Warren - I read quite a bit of this book before it had to go back to the library. I realized I wasn't getting much out of it so I'm going to forgo reading the rest.
I also read:
  • The Enchanted Barn by Grace Livingston Hill - A favorite Grace Livingston Hill book.
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel - I read this for book club--this is not a book I would pick up to read voluntarily. I was going to pass on reading this one but decided to power read it instead.  It was weird. 
  • The Lost Girl of Astor Street by Stephanie Morrill - On the other hand this was a fascinating read. I'm not sure whose recommendation I read, but I'm glad I checked it out. 
  • The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsill - After Life of Pi I didn't have much to read and I was still waiting on my Wodehouse book to come in at the library so I decided to raid my kid lit shelves at home. The Penderwicks were a perfect pick. I still like them as much as I did the first time I read them.
  • The Sanctuary Sparrow by Ellis Peters - Another Bro. Cadfael mystery.
  • Killing Patton by Bill O'Reilly - Oh my, what an interesting read. O'Reilly does a great job of writing this in "this is the facts" manner yet it still flows like a story.
  • The Power of a Praying Church by Stormie Omartian - Read this for ministry purposes. 
I listened to:
  • Fervent by Priscilla Shirer - I started reading the book and then switched to audio since I wanted to use some information in it for our church's ladies meeting. I will definitely be re-reading this title.
See what others have read over at 5 Minutes for Books.


  1. Lots of good stuff here! First, I enjoyed hearing about your kids and am envious you still have one so young :) One of my teens loved and read Life of Pi. Now I'm curious about its weirdness! I just finished a PShirer Bible Study on the Armor of God. It was good. I've read most of O'Reilly's "killing" books, but not Patton -- will need to.

  2. Sounds like you won’t get as much reading done in April, but you’ll do lots of living!

    I remember thinking the Life of Pi was weird too. Good, but weird. As was the movie. Someone had a good imagination though! ha. I’ve had Killing Patton on my to-read list for awhile; glad to hear a personal recommendation. I read through Fervent fairly fast; it likely deserves a re-read in the future from me as well.

  3. Sounds like you have a busy month ahead! I haven't read The Life of Pi but I did think the film was weird. Somehow I completely missed out on the Penderwicks - I've only recently heard of them.

  4. I have to put the Penderwick's on reserve at the library! What a good idea to read with my kids- or for me! I liked Life of Pi- yes weird which made it a bit confusing, but I liked the magical nature of it.

  5. MY! You are preparing for a busy month! Reading about what you've read this past couple months encourages me that reading time will recover (even if it means some missing sleep) as children get older. It will, it will.



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