What’s On Your Nightstand: October 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 have been a little afraid that my book-related posts may have gotten lost in the shuffle of the 31 Days With Elisabeth Elliot posts, but I’ve enjoyed some good reading this month.

Since last time I have completed:

The Problem of Pain by C. S. Lewis, reviewed here. I was disappointed to find several areas where I disagreed with Lewis in this one, but aside from those, he had some very helpful things to say.

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis for Carrie‘s Reading to Know Classics Book Club for September, reviewed here. Glad I finally read this!

Things We Once Held Dear by Ann Tatlock, reviewed here. Took me a bit to get into it, bit I enjoyed it.

To Whisper Her Name by Tamera Alexander, reviewed here, reminded me that “romance” is not my favorite genre, but I really enjoyed the historical places and people and the setting of TN just after the Civil War ended.

I Dared to Call Him Father: The Miraculous Story of a Muslim Woman’s Encounter with God by Bilquis Sheikh, reviewed here. Fascinating.

The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan, reviewed here, about a “secret city” that sprang up during WWII. Fascinating not only because of the subject but also because that city is not far from where I now live.

I’m currently reading:

Knowing God by J. I. Packer along with Tim Challies’ Reading Classics Together Series. I’ve been sharing impressions of a couple of chapters at a time here. Only one week to go! I will probably write a regular shorter review of it when I am done.

The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins, the last of my classics challenge books.

Come Rain or Come Shine, Jan Karon’s latest. Love.

Next Up:

Child of Mine by Beverly Lewis

Unlimited by David Bunn

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson Have heard great things about this and am looking forward to it.

What are you reading these days?

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

  1. Wow, you read a lot! I set myself a challenge to read 40 books this year and am only up to 27 so far (I don’t think I’m going to make 40 now). I’m loving “A Year’s Journey with God” by Jennifer Rees Larcombe. I’m also reading Michael Card’s book on the gospel of Luke (much longer than I expected), Emily Wierenga’s “Making it Home” (beautiful writing, but longwinded), and the Bible. 🙂

  2. Romance is not my favorite genre. I enjoy reading about the Amish but most of their fiction is romance. Read “Come Rain or Come Shine”.. Pure Jan Karon – I loved it!

  3. Several of these look good to me! I, too, have meant to read “Gilead” for years but have not yet. There are just so many good books out there. It’s amazing, even as much as I read, to realize even how many “classic” books I’ve still not gotten to. Your Tozer books sounds interesting; also the one about the Muslim turning to Christ. Another always-present goal for me is reading more by CS Lewis. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed your Elliot posts!

  4. I never got around to reading The Screwtape Letters again. Maybe another time. You’ve got several books here that I want to read and have added the samples on my Kindle. I tried reading Gilead once but I just couldn’t stay interested. I may be the only person ever not to like it though. ha. So hopefully you’ll enjoy it.

  5. I need to read Screwtape Letters. Sorry that the book about Pain wasn’t fully agreeable to you. I’ve completed Lewis’s A Grief Observed and found it very agreeable to me. The thing about Lewis, he is a deep thinker and sometimes I find him too deep for me yet he still remains fascinating.

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