My nightstand in August-September

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The month has flown by and I got less reading done than expected.

Look here to see what I have been doing with my time.

On my list for the coming month:

  • Finish John Adams by David McCullough for Book Club in September.
  • Finish Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs
  • Fearless by Max Lucado for Thomas Nelson Bloggers
  • Let Go by Sheila Walsh for Thomas Nelson Bloggers
  • The Cruellest Month by Louise Penny – #3 in the Three Pines mysteries
  • Finish The Divine Comedy audio book from ChristianAudio.com. I finished The Inferno and I’m deep into Purgatory now.
  • Into the Looking Glass by John Ringo – borrowed from a relative – good science fiction with quirky humor.

How did I do on last month’s list?

  • I got through 4 or 5 more chapters in John Adams by David McCullough for Book Club in September. that puts me right on schedule.
  • I’m successfully reading a chapter a week in Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs
  • Emily’s Quest by L. M. Montgomery to complete my Emily series this year – I read it the day before the last post. It was shorter and not as engaging as the other two Emily books. We knew how it had to end, and it took a long time and some struggles to get there. I find the most interesting part is watching Emily develop as a writer.
  • On the Incarnation by Athanasius – This was not very engaging and not very enlightening. I would have liked more expansion on some of the topics he touches on, rather than touching on so many in one small book.
  • The Painted Veil by Somerset Maugham – Interesting story, but a little depressing. The story of Somerset Maugham isn’t very inspiring either. There was so much potential for this story, but it didn’t go far.

Other books that I read this month:

I finished my “car” book. I ended up at a meeting an hour early and that got me within a few chapters of the end, so I had to bring it in and finish it. Luckily, I got some good books at the library used book sale so I have a “new” book in the car. The Eleventh Commandment by Jeffrey Archer was very good. It probably isn’t a very good recommendation that it took me 6 months to get through it. The story was very interesting and I did want to see how it ended. But it was also the perfect car book. It has a small number of characters and each is different in profession and personality so it was easy to remember them. The plot is not overly complex or subtle. This means it is easy to just pick up where I left off rather than trying to remember what was happening. I have enjoyed the Jeffrey Archer books I’ve read so I’m always on the look out for others.

I also veered away from my list to read My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult. I had it on my TBR list and it was on the buy 2 get 3 sale table at BN. It was as good as I’ve heard. Every character was handled well, even the brother. I had read the ending in a review of the movie, but I was still surprised and saddened by it. (Yes, it ends differently from the movie.) I felt it was very well written, but at the same time the issues that this family had to deal with were suffocating. I found myself reading it each night with the desire to finish so I wouldn’t have to live with this family any longer. Because it was so real. I highly recommend it, and will be looking for others by Picoult.

I finished Eat This Book by Eugene Peterson. It was free from ChristianAudio.com last month and was very good. I still need to finish Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places, part of the same series.

I also read the first four juvenile novels that Robert A. Heinlein wrote in the 50’s. They were collected together into a book called Four Frontiers and were very interesting. I enjoyed Heinlein when I discovered him years ago, but then I wandered into his later works and got tired of them. It is refreshing to read real science fiction, when it was expected that we would be colonizing other planets and moons.

One I enjoyed was Unspoken Words by Elizabeth Musser. I don’t read much Christian literature usually – it just isn’t something I spend much time on. This was well done with a good story.

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5 Responses to My nightstand in August-September

  1. Wow, that’s quite a bit of reading! Are you reading the Burroughs book with Challies? It looks really good.

    Thanks for joining us! Happy Reading!
    .-= Lisa writes…´s last blog ..If only… =-.

  2. Fonda says:

    How did you get through Eat This Book? I very much want to read it and have started it three times, but I can’t get past the second chapter?

    Great list!
    .-= Fonda´s last blog ..Where Did The Time Go =-.

  3. Laura says:

    Lisa – Yes – I am reading Burroughs with Challies. It is a good book, but my version is small print with very small margins so it’s a bit tough.

    Fonda – I think the only way I got through it was because it was an audio book and if I just hit play as I started my morning routine I was trapped in the shower and getting dressed, etc, so I couldn’t just put it down and move on. It was really good in places and I got some good stuff out of it, but I also found it wandered a bit and I had trouble keeping with it at times.
    Probably one thing that helped is I was teaching Sunday School and it was all Old Testament so that kept me interested in what he had to say from the OT point of view.

  4. Bluestocking says:

    I need to start the Inferno. Here is mine
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  5. Just Mom says:

    Your list is very impressive – you had a great month!
    .-= Just Mom´s last blog ..Blogoversary winner ….. =-.

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