One of my bloggy goals for the new year is to participate in the monthly meme “What’s On Your Nightstand” hosted by 5 Minutes for Books. I’ve participated many times in the past, but I let it fall by the wayside back last summer. Well, I’m back!
So far this month, I have finished four books:
- Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson
- Magic for Marigold by L.M. Montgomery
- Betti on the High Wire by Lisa Railsback
- Kilmeny of the Orchard by L.M. Montgomery
Of these books, I’ve only reviewed one so far here on my blog (and it’s linked above), but stay tuned–reviews of the others are coming!
I currently have two books in progress:
- One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
- Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer Holm (audiobook)
It’s been an odd month of reading for me. There are so many books I really want to read, but I mostly read in snippets of time–while I’m nursing the DLM; in the van (when Steady Eddie is driving); in the van (when I’m driving–but only when I’m stopped at redlights, etc. 😉 ); for a few minutes before I go to sleep at night; at school while I’m waiting on my students to finish their work –you get the picture. I actually started a couple of books that I finally rejected because I decided that I had other books that appealed to me more and with the limited time I have, I just figured it wasn’t worth slogging through something I wasn’t enjoying. I started This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All by Marilyn Johnson, a book I really wanted to love. It was okay, but I felt like I was reading the same information over and over again with each successive chapter. The premise of the book is one I believe: librarians provide a valuable–nay, a vital–service to our world. As a trained librarian, I love that! The book just didn’t grab me, though, and I had a TBR pile calling. The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeanette Walls is a well-known book I’d attempted at least once before. I just couldn’t get past the somber subject matter and the preponderance of vile language. I don’t think I’ll try it again. I mention these books because it’s unusual for me to give up on a book. I know what I like well enough to not even attempt books that I won’t see through to completion. (Well, with the exception of Les Miserables—I’m still mad at myself over that one.)
The other part of my alone reading time this month has been spent in reading the book of Job and just over the first half of Genesis. I’m attempting to read the Bible through chronologically this year (or as long as it takes). Reading the Bible through the last half of last year gave me the confidence that I can do it now, and so far I’ve found this go-through enjoyable. I loved reading Job. It might be one of my favorite books of the Bible to read. I would love one day to come back and record (either here or just in a journal) all the wonderful verses that I was inspired by or simply the ones that startled me with their loveliness. Maybe I’ll do that on the next read though. 🙂
My reading to the girls this month was mostly spent one schoolish stuff. We did read The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame for fun; my review of it will be up for Read Aloud Thursday this week. We also read The Egyptian Diary by Richard Platt, which we picked up as part of our studies, and Nim’s Island by Wendy Orr, which was inspired by our science studies. Up next is Hitty: Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field. I’ve never read it myself, so I’m looking forward to it.
Lulu is reading up a storm these days. Mostly she’s reading short-ish series fiction, like My America books and little chapter books from the American Girl series. I’m attempting to list all the chapter books she reads this year over in the sidebar, but I’m not sure how long I can keep up with it. She’s definitely outpacing me!
I have published a review a week so far this year, not including all the Read Aloud Thursday posts. All of these books are ones I read toward the end of 2010:
- Her Daughter’s Dream by Francine Rivers
- A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
- The Year the Swallows Came Early by Kathryn Fitzmaurice
I think the books I’ve enjoyed the most this month have been Turtle in Paradise, which was recently named a Newbery honor book for 2010, Forge, and One Thousand Gifts. Reading One Thousand Gifts has been like reading “the rest of the story” (to quote Paul Harvey) that I’m already familiar with from reading Ann Voskamp’s lovely (inspiring! convicting! comforting! and a thousand other adjectives by turns) blog. I’ve already composed practice reviews for both books in my head; I just hope I can remember half of what I want to say about them when I finally begin writing it all down.
It’s been a month of good reading–volumes of reading–here at the House of Hope. I don’t exactly know what February holds, but I know it will be good, too. Happy reading!
(More Nightstand posts here!)