What's on My Nightstand? {September 2013}

It's the fourth Tuesday of the month, so it's time to check in to see what everyone is reading with What's on Your Nightstand at 5 Minutes for Books.

I feel like I didn't read much this month, likely because I spent much of the month in the same non-fiction title of Bonhoeffer.  But, really, I did okay.  This post contains affiliate links to Amazon.

Glimpses of Graceby Gloria Furman.  (Linked to full review.)  This is a book that encourages women and moms to go after Jesus especially in the craziness of life.  I did like it.

Ever After: Life Lessons Learned in My Castle of Chaos, by Vicki Courtney.  This was a gift on my Kindle.  And oh, my!  I loved it!  I have so much highlighted.  Vicki writes about the happily-ever-after expectations of marriage...and the realism of life!  I like her candid and honest approach, focus on Jesus, and good writing.  I definitely highly recommend this!  Read Bluerose's Heart full review.  This will be a favorite of the year!

Whispers from the Shadows, by Roseanna M. White.  I finished this book in record time.  Not only did it captivate my interest from the get-go, but I set aside some laundry and other household chores to do it.  As book 2 in The Culper Ring Series (though there is another free e-book novella in between), I definitely enjoyed meeting the children of the main characters from the first book.  Set in 1812, two countries at war...when a British general sends his daughter away to Annopolis for her safety mysteries abound.  Though a romance, there were plenty of mysteries in this book, along with twists and turns that I was riveted!  Definitely recommend this Christian fiction title.  (Book 1 Ring of Secrets review.)  This was definitely my favorite fiction read of the month.  Such fun!

Horten's Incredible Illusions: Magic, Mystery, and Another Very Strange Adventure, by Lissa Evans.  This was the follow-up book to Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms (linked to thoughts).  As far as children's books go, these are great.  Full of fun and adventure!  As I said before, fans of the Mysterious Benedict Society will enjoy this, though significantly shorter!

The Trumpet of the Swan, by E.B. White.  I'll begin by stating that I think Charlotte's Web is an incredible piece of children's literature.  I also really like Stuart Little.  This?  Didn't care for.  Someone, please tell me how much you loved it, because I just found myself annoyed by so much of it!  The story is that a trumpeter swan, Louis, who is born without a voice.  (Being that Big Sister didn't talk until she was basically three, I would have thought I'd like it...)  That is where I stop enjoying the story.  Sorry...

On Audio
The Tenth City: The Land of Elyon Book 3, by Patrick Carman.  This book (like the series) was a bit intense at times.  Definitely recommend this action packed adventure!  (Currently available at Amazon in hardcover for less than $5!)
Still Listening...
Riven, by Jerry B. Jenkins.  I can't say I love this book, but I do like it.  The writing style is a bit slower...not gripping, instead we get to know the two main characters, both who have their own faults and live in different worlds.  I forget who recommended this.  (Was it you??  Let me know!)  I have listened to about 6 hours of story so far and it's just beginning!

Still reading...
Bonhoeffer on the Christian Life by Stephen J Nichols.

Up next...
The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin, recommended by a friend.

~ Annette {This Simple Mom}
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  1. You read a lot!
    We read Trumpet of the Swan back in 2009 and since then have enjoyed the audiobook. Here's my review: http://www.hopeisthewordblog.com/2009/08/27/read-aloud-thursday-the-trumpet-of-the-swan-by-e-b-white/

    I'm reading the Metaxas Bonhoeffer bio now!

  2. Glimpses of Grace sounds good. I'd heard others liked it as well. But you have me more interested in Ever After so I just got the sample sent to my Kindle. :)

    I'll look forward to what you think about Everyday Talk. Love the title and subject.

  3. Ever After definitely sounds intriguing. Have you read "What Did You Expect?" I thought that one was awesome. Along the same lines.

    Everyone is reading Bonhoeffer this month it seems! (Awesome.)

    You DO read a lot. I like that. :)

  4. I hadn't heard of Ever After but Vicki Courtney sure sounds familiar. I just skimmed through her books on her site, but I haven't read any of them. I am wondering if she used to write for magazines.

    Looks to me like you got quite a bit read.

  5. I have been wanting to get a Bonhoeffer book in. Hopefully next year. I sure need Glimpses of Grace, sounds so comforting! *sigh*

  6. Nice list! Trumpet of the Swan was a 'meh for me too but my daughter liked it. I loved The Westing Game when I was a kid!

  7. I also enjoyed Ever After, and we LOVE the Horten books

  8. :) I guess it just feels like I didn't read much since I have spent so much time in Bonhoeffer in the past two weeks...and started it long before that!

  9. Ever After looks like a great read.

    In our house we loved Charlotte's Web, thought The Trumpet of the Swan was okay, and detested Stuart Little! Charlotte's Web is definitely E.B. White's best book.

  10. Yay! I'm so glad you liked Ever After! :D

    You did much better with your reading last month than I did! I've got to focus! ;)


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