What’s On Your Nightstand: July 2015

What's On Your NightstandThe folks at 5 Minutes For Books host What’s On Your Nightstand? the fourth Tuesday of each month in which we can share about the books we have been reading and/or plan to read.

I love when the Nightstand posts occur actually near the end of the month, as they do this time. It’s been a busy month, but let’s see what’s been accomplished on the reading front.

Since last time I have completed:

Walking With God in the Season of Motherhood by Melissa B. Kruger, reviewed here. Excellent.

Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens, reviewed here. Not my favorite Dickens, but I did enjoy it.

The Captive Maiden by Melanie Dickerson, a retelling of Cinderella, reviewed here. Very good.

The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C. S. Lewis by Alan Jacobs for both the Reading to Know Classics Book Club for July and the Chronicles of Narnia Reading Challenge hosted by Carrie, reviewed here.

In addition, last time I had finished The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry but hadn’t reviewed it yet. That review is here. Ended up liking it quite a lot, though I thought it was odd at first.

I also started two books that I set aside due to language. I haven’t decided yet whether to finish them or lay them aside permanently. One was a classic, one was a modern true story that I had really wanted to read.

I’m currently reading:

Running Scared: Fear, Worry, and the God of Rest by Edward T. Welch. Enjoying it very much so far.

Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw.

Things We Once Held Dear by Ann Tatlock

Next Up:

The River and Child of Mine by Beverly Lewis

Unlimited by David Bunn

Through Waters Deep by Sarah Sundin

Emma, Mr. Knightly, and Chili Slaw Dogs by Mary Hathaway for the Austen in August Challenge. I am very curious!

If I finish those I have a stack of unread books on the bookshelf in my bedroom as well as a lengthy TBR list and a multitude of Kindle books to choose from.

Happy reading!

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6 thoughts on “What’s On Your Nightstand: July 2015

  1. I admire your fortitude with all you’ve read. My reading has fallen off this last month. I hope to resurrect it soon. I always enjoy seeing what you’re reading and then the reviews afterward.

  2. Isn’t it difficult to decide when to stop a book? I go through those kind of dilemmas too.

    I have Running Scared on my to-read list but haven’t gotten around to it. Glad you’re enjoying it so far. I’m trying to eliminate some of my bookshelf books this year, but the Kindle backup is a whole other monster. ha.

  3. Ooo – I look forward to hearing your thoughts on Pygmalion. I really enjoy “My Fair Lady” and have been thinking about it more and more frequently recently since Daniel’s been dancing with Tirzah Mae to music from a variety of musicals (including “My Fair Lady”). I read Julie Andrews’ memoir a few years back (she played Eliza Doolittle in the original Broadway cast) and she mentioned that Rex Harrison (I think it was him) was always referring back to the play – and had noted that love is NEVER mentioned between Doolittle and Higgins. He argued against including a love song in the musical – and the musical writer agreed, axing the love song and writing “I could have danced all night” instead.

  4. Ha — I, too, enjoy it when the monthly wrap-up happens near the end of the month 🙂 And I also hate it when a book has offensive language. That seems to happen frequently. Not sure if many “real life” people just use offensive language a lot, or authors feel the need to add it?? Anyway, I’ve read and enjoyed a book by Ann Tatlock. The Jane Austen book sounds interesting as well!

  5. I didn’t take part in the narnia read this year. I just wanted to stick to a few authors and trying to dig up books to do with Narnia was too time consuming right now. 😉
    I too have started books that I have decided to shelve due to language I would never have thought was in the book I chose. Surprising!
    That’s ok because there are lots of wonderful, clean books out there!
    Hope you have another great reading month! 🙂

  6. oooo…I love retellings. I just checked and my library has Captive Maiden. Excellent, that answers a question to what I will read once I am done with the books I’m currently reading.

    Running Scared sounds like a good book and not just for those who may classify themselves as fearful, worrier, etc. This book has gone onto my to-read list.

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