What's on My Nightstand? {July 2014}

Nightstand sneaked up on me.  Again.  Yet I do love to keep track of what I've read.  So for anyone eager to know what I've read and enjoyed this month, here you go.  These are affiliate links.

Saving Amelie, by Cathy Gohlke.  A good writer makes you think and may transport you to another time. Saving Amelie does just that.  I felt this book was an excellent read.  It takes the reader to Germany during WWII.  We learn a bit about eugenics and more about Hitlers' intentions with eugenics and the Aryan race.  More than that, I appreciated how I felt for the "regular" German citizens.  They weren't all on board with Hitler's plan, but the SS made it nearly impossible for anyone to stand up and fight against his ideals.  Saving Amelie delights the reader as we get to know the characters and just how a young, deaf girl's life might be saved.   (During the first couple of chapters I had a hard time keeping track of characters, but be sure to stick with it.  This is a top read of 2014.)
place, and makes you care.  HIGHLY recommend.

The Praying Life, by Paul E. Miller.  I read this for the first time several years ago.  I had a paid opportunity to read it again to create a book review for a magazine.  I have yet to complete the review, but suffice it to say that this book is full of practical thoughts and ideas for the everyday Christian.  Paul Miller experiences his own difficulties with prayer, including cynicism and other problems many Christians have.  HIGHLY recommend this book (again) to those who know their prayer life is less than it should be.
wanting to reread it, and had the perfect

Out to Canaan, by Jan Karon is part of the Mitford series.  I listen to the books through my library on CD...and will finish the series this summer or early fall.  I read the series years ago, at the recommendation of Derek's grandmother, and enjoy listening to them now.

I continue to read The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins as part of the Summer Reading Challengehosted by me.  Feel free to join, even if you haven't yet.  This classic is easy to read and very interesting, even if it is a bit lengthy.

I'm still reading 101 Dalmatians with my children.  I haven't started The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe yet.

Up Next
I recently bought Women of the Word.  It comes to me highly recommended.  I also have on my list to read Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full and a birthday gift from my husband, Miss Penegrie's Home for Peculiar Children.

I also read and created a unit study for A Mouse Called Wolf.  My daughter and I worked through this delightful book, and tomorrow I will share the first part of the unit study.  I already shared the vocabulary bookmark printable.

Now in a bit I'll be off to see what others are reading this month.

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~ Annette
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  1. Saving Amelie sounds quite interesting! I enjoyed The Woman in White earlier this year, my first Collins novel but not my last. I read Women of the Word this past month and loved it.

  2. I just finished Woman in White and loved it. I haven't started anything new yet but, you have listed some very interesting sounding books here. Will have to check them out.

  3. Yay, for paid reading! :D

    I hope to read Women of the Word soon. I loved Treasuring Christ! I grabbed a copy of Miss Peregrine at a thrift store for 50 cents last year. I've been a little scared to actually read it, though. I'm excited that now you can tell me whether or not to go ahead and read it(after you do, of course). :)

  4. Going to definitely read Saving Amelie. Thanks!

  5. Thank you so much for reading and your review of Saving Amelie, Annette. I'm delighted you enjoyed the story and that it raised questions in your mind--wonderful! God's blessings for you and your readers!

  6. The kids and I just finished reading The Lion, THe Witch, and the Wardrobe.

  7. Looking forward to reading your post about A Mouse Called Wolf!

    Loved that you bought Women of the Word. I think you WILL love it.

    I saw Saving Amelie but wasn't sure whether or not it would be a decent read. I figured someone else would review and I'd then form an opinion. Good to know that you liked it because I was curious about that one in particular!!


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