What's on My Nightstand in February

This was a very good month of reading for me because of some incredible book choices.  It's time to share What's on Your Nightstand with 5 Minutes for Books...a bit late.  (But my youngest has been very sick this week, so it took a while to get to this post.)

Last month I said I wanted to read five books.  I thought it wouldn't happen, but it did.  The credit does not go to me, the reader.  I was only able to read the books because they were so good and difficult to put down!
Keeping House by Margaret Kim Peterson
This was an encouraging book, written for Christians, about the day in and day out aspect of keeping house. It basically validates all that I do...and encourages me to do more.  I wrote some book inspired thoughts about hospitality here.  You might be interested in the review that prompted me to buy the book.
Mistress Pat by L.M. Montgomery
This was a favorite of mine!  I think I actually like Pat more than Anne!!  I was inspired and just connected well with Pat in this book, even moreso than Pat of Silverbush, linked to my review.  (This book also inspired some of those hospitality thoughts linked to above.)  Highly recommend!
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
I had heard what a great story this was, but I was still shocked as to how much it impacted me.  The story of  Louie Zamperini...a track star turned WWII prisoner of war.  I was amazed at how he resisted all of the horrors that were brought to him, and the courage in which he faced each day.  Though non-fiction, it reads like fiction, and was actually a very quick read for me, despite its length.  This book made me think of my grandfather (on a few levels) and certainly provided me with a deeper understanding as to why Japanese-Americans were so hated during WWII.  It was a history lesson like no other.  Highly recommend!
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
I read this as part of the Reading to Know Book Club.  Actually, I feel like my brain just isn't capable of understanding it at a deep level that others do, though I do understand the basics, I hope. However, I'm glad I read it.  Just this month as I was reading it, there were two Jeopardy questions related to The Scarlet Letter which I was able to answer thanks to reading it.  (Read on my Kindle Fire.)
Pioneer Girl Manuscript by Laura Ingalls Wilder
(Linked to my thoughts.)  This was the manuscript that eventually became the Little House series, in a rather rough form.

Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood
Fifteen year old Penelope finds herself a governess for the first time...of three children raised by wolves.  When I completed the book I quickly went to the computer to make sure my library had book 2 in the series.  Highly recommend!  (Middle grade children's fiction.  Good for ages 8+)

Next month I intend to reread Emily of Deep Valley for the Reading to Know Book Club, my favorite book by this author.  It's actually my month of choice, and I opted to allow readers to choose any Maud Hart Lovelace book.

Other than that, I will read a biography for review and ???

What are you reading and planning to read?

~ Annette {This Simple Mom}


  1. I love the L.M. Montgomery Pat books! Did you know that Ann Tatlock has a new book coming out?

    1. I didn't know about Ann's new book. I hope it will be available for review! :) If not I'll be patient to get my hands on a copy!

  2. You did do a lot of reading in Feb.! I'm SO glad you read Unbroken. Isn't it wonderful? I've recommended it to so many people. I really want to read that housekeeping book. And I have the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place on my Kindle and still haven't read it. (I'm really bad to get Kindle books and then not read them.)

    1. Amy, I'm bad about reading books on my Kindle, too, but I have only purchased one. Definitely queue Ashton Place soon!! I don't think you'll regret it!

      It may have been your review of Unbroken that made me want to read it. It was so long ago, I'm not even sure!

  3. I have the Maryrose Wood book waiting on my shelf that I need to read! I also NEED to read Keeping House! :S
    It looks like I'll be re-reading Emily of Deep Valley, too, since it's already on my shelf(thanks to you). :) I adored Emily, though, so I'm looking forward to it!

    1. I actually bought Keeping House over a year ago, but review copies kept me so busy that I just didn't have time. I finally took a short break from reviews and had a month of reading for ME. It was so fun!

      I'm looking forward to Emily, too!

  4. So glad you were able to read Unbroken -- tremendous book!

    I haven't read anything by Lovelace before, so I am looking forward to trying her out for this challenge.

  5. You DID get a lot read. And with a sick child! Way to go. And they are all such fun, wonderful books! I'm so glad that you enjoyed Keeping House in particular. I kind of feel like I'm due a re-read here ....soon...ish.


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