Tuesday, February 27, 2018

What's On Your Nightstand - February

This month was a busy month with my kids getting ready to go to a competition. Our life has kind of been turned inside out. My final reading list ended up being a lot better than what it felt like it was going to be. We have another week and half before the competition begins and then maybe I can find my reading groove again. It has been a successful month though. My daughter is sewing the binding on her quilt and then it will be finished. I'm feeling quite accomplished! (All those nagging encouraging words I was giving!)

For March:

From February's Nightstand I read:

  • A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner - I really liked Meissner's Secret's of a Charmed Life and wanted to read more by her. I first picked up A Bridge Across the Ocean and realized it was a ghost story and so that was dropped immediately (personal preference). I can't say that A Fall of Marigold was a big hit either. Meissner did a good job telling two stories that happen in two different times, but I just couldn't relate with one of the main character so the book fell flat for me.
  • The Antelope in the Living Room by Melanie Shankle - Another book from one of the hosts of The Big Boo Cast. I really enjoyed this read. Laugh out loud fun!
  • Women in the Word by Jen Wilkins - A good solid Christian book. I think the biggest thing I took away from from this book was her simple way of studying scripture. 

I also read:

  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford - I read this for book club. I can't believe I have never read this book. It was sooo good! 
  • Howard's End by E.M. Forester - I read this along with the Close Reads Podcast. Reading along with them helps me broaden my reading horizons. You have to read to the end to appreciate the story which was a good thing since it put me to sleep every time I read it.
  • The Vanderbeeker's of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser - This book has a lot going for it but I only liked it. I wanted to really, really like it but I just couldn't. I read it as an e-book so I don't know if that is why I just wasn't connecting with the story like I wanted to. It could be that the story moved too fast or the characters were undeveloped. Maybe it's because I'm not a 10 year old kid! I'm just not sure.Anyways, the story is very reminiscent of The Penderwicks, The Melendys, and All of a Kind Family but set in modern day time. I don't think a kid would be disappointed in the story. I will definitely read the next book in the series maybe the magic will happen in the next story. (Whew! There are a lot of maybes happening here!)

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