January 22, 2013

What's on My Nightstand in January?

January isn't quite over yet, but it's time to write about the books we've been reading this past month for What's on Your Nightstand?  (Really, I read for my own pleasure and to learn, but I am sharing there!)

I have only completed two books this month.  Both are linked to my reviews and both are likely to be favorites this year! 
A Woman's Wisdom

Pat of Silver Bush, by L.M. Montgomery.  This might be LMM's well-kept secret.  I delighted in it and am anticipating reading Mistress Pat soon.  Anne fans will sincerely appreciate Pat, too!

A Woman's Wisdom: How the Book of Proverbs Speaks to Everything, by Lydia Brownback.  This was a book truly full of fresh wisdom from the Bible.  Enter the giveaway here!

So Long, Insecurity: You've Been a Bad Friend to Us, by Beth Moore.  This was my first Beth Moore book.  I was unsure of her going into it, but found that I really like her style.  Moreover, this book really speaks to women...whether highly insecure or only a little.  (I was deeply disappointed in this audio version though.  It is the first time I have ever encountered an audio book that allowed the tracks to last for such a long time.  Each track certainly lasted longer than 20 minutes, and sometimes approaching 40.  This may be fine in a car which keeps track of where you left off, but when listening in your home and trying to listen when you have a chance just makes this irritating.  I hope Tyndale Audio doesn't always do this!)

Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery.  I enjoy listening to or reading the first Anne book each January for the LMM challenge.  Maybe some day I will own the audio version, but for now I am content to borrow it annually from the library.

With the Children
Betsy and Tacy Go over the Big Hill, by Maud Hart Lovelace.  We are slowly reading the Betsy-Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace (or at least her younger books) together.  (Betsy-Tacy was also my daughter's first "real" chapter book!)  We read this book while waiting for the bus in the mornings.  I leave it in the van, and they we eagerly await it.  Both my 4 year old son and 6 year old daughter enjoy and appreciate these books!

Up Next?
In February, I hope to read at least three of the items below.

Keeping House: The Litany of Everyday Life, by Margaret Kim Peterson
Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand
 Pioneer Girl manuscript I began last year for the Laura Ingalls Wilder Challenge.
A Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne- for the Reading to Know Book Club.
 Mistress Pat, by L.M. Montgomery

What are you reading?  Leave a comment recommending a great book or link up!

~ Annette {This Simple Mom}


  1. I have read my first LM Montgomery books this month! I can't believe I have never read them before now! But I LOVE them. I have So Long Insecurity but it keeps getting pushed down on the stack... Looks like we are participating in all the same challenges next month! I forgot to list The Scarlet Letter but I have to get to it. It has been on my list for a long time.

  2. I'm planning to tackle A Scarlet Letter next month as well. I sure hope I like it more than I did in high school...

    I hope you get to read Unbroken! I guess I'm not the only one who hasn't read it yet. ;) Happy reading!

  3. I'm with Cassandra - curious to see what my opinion of The Scarlett Letter is going to be now. The last time I read it I was also in high school.

    I'm so glad that you read the Pat books. I sort of feel like we share a little secret between us now since you also liked her. :D

  4. I've never heard of that LMM book! I do love Anne though. :) I don't think I read the Betsy-Tacy books as a kid but I'm really curious about them, I hear so much about them.

    Enjoy Unbroken, such a great story. Happy reading!


  5. I've had Keeping House on my bookshelf forever. I should read it. And thanks for the Proverbs giveaway -- I entered.

  6. I am listening to Anne of Green Gables right now for the umpteenth time and enjoy it as much as I always do!

    I am a big fan of the Betsy-Tacy books. I think I need to delve back into them.

  7. What a great list! I'm going to have to check out Mistress Pat! Those are some of the only L.M. Montgomery titles I haven't read. I loved A Woman's Wisdom...what a wonderful book!!

  8. Thanks for commenting on my LMM post. : ) I think I may have to put Pat down for next year after both you and Carrie have revisited it - it's been years since I've read her and I need to reacquaint myself with her story!


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