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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