July 23, 2013

What's on My Nightstand July 2013

This month has been wildly busy.  Even today I couldn't get this post up in the morning!  Better late!

However, while my family and I were at family camp, I had a lot of time to read on my Kindle Fire in our dark room after putting Little Sister down for her nap and bedtime.  (Don't be fooled.  I took little naps, too.  It felt great!)  One thing I love about the Kindle Fire is the backlighting.  Not only does it have it, but it is adjustable and there is a nighttime setting...perfect when you don't want to disturb a little girl!  At home I mostly use my Kindle to check email and other internet things.

Adult Fiction
Fairchild's Lady, by Roseanna White.  This is a freebie book since it is "just" a novella, by an author I thoroughly enjoy.  As a follow-up to Ring of Secrets (linked to my review), I was sure I'd like it, and I did!  Set in 1789, it was a short, but good romance.

Nonfiction
Finding God in the Land of Narnia, by Bruner and Ware.  Oh, this is a delightful book.  I felt like I was reading the best of Narnia with its quotes and summaries.  Definitely recommend for Christian fans of Narnia.  (This was part of the Reading to Know Narnia Challenge!)  UPDATED:  FULL REVIEW!

Children's and Young Adult
The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs, by Betty Birney (author of the Humphrey the Hamster books, but this is on a deeper level).  A boy wants to see the world.  His dad offers him a chance to ride the train to a relative's if he can find seven wonders in his own little town.  An amazing book about appreciating what we have and looking for the wonder all around us.

Audio
(YA) The Land of Elyon: Beyond the Valley of Thorns, by Patrick Carman.  An interesting #2 in this series.  Enjoying some Truth in these mainstream books, though I don't know if it will continue.  This one was more of a cliffhanger than the first book.

We gave up on a dramatization of The Wind in the Willows, but couldn't follow it.  Neither did my 6 year old, so we never got back to it.  I love audio books, but do NOT like dramatizations.  Didn't realize it when I placed the hold at the library.  Oh well.  Definitely want to get the original book.  (I only have an abridge version.)

Working On...
Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home, by Gloria Furman.  Definitely like it!
I didn't get to Bonhoffer on the Christian Life, but must soon.  (After reading the introduction, I had to look at the author's name again.  I have heard Stephen Nichols speak a couple times at the family camp I mentioned above.  He really brings history alive!)

Oh!  My daughter and I finally finished Misty of Chincoteague!  We used to read it in the van waiting for the bus to arrive.  Summer reading has been a lot more hit and miss...but when we read at home, we'd read a couple chapters at a time.  :)  Definitely enjoyed it, though some of the colloquial/local language made it difficult as a read aloud.

What are you reading and recommending??  I'm off to see what others are reading for What's on Your Nightstand, too!

~ Annette {This Simple Mom}
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10 comments:

  1. I'll have to keep that Narnia book in mind for next year. I'm in the last book of the series now and figured next year I'd read a book about it before starting them up again.

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    1. I did like this one, Barbara! I think there is at least one other that is similar in nature. I also have Roar! which takes each book, chapter by chapter, which is perfect for contemplating WHILE reading.

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  2. The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs sounds really intriguing. I've added it to my TBR list. I have half a dozen books about the Chronicles of Narnia, but I'm not sure I've read any of them. Someday...

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    1. It's funny...there are so many good books that we already have, yet we still want MORE!

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  3. Sassafras Springs sounds like a book I'd like. I'll have to look for it.

    I only have a plain ol' Kindle, and while I like the fact that it is not a touchscreen, I'd like it so much more if it lit up. I could read on the iPad, but it's bulky and does have a touchscreen, which I find makes reading in bed a bit difficult.

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    1. I borrowed Sassafras Springs from the library.

      I like using the Kindle in bed, especially. We do not have smart phones or an iPad...so it is IT for me when it comes to apps and touch screens. :)

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  4. Good Narnia selection! Nice list.

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  5. How fun reading Misty of C with your daughter!!

    And Finding God in the Land of Narnia sounds really good. I hope you'll write up a full review of it to share!

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  6. I really enjoyed Finding God in the Land of Narnia! Isn't Glimpses of Grace good? Great list!

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