Tuesday, July 22, 2014

What's on my Nightstand for August

What's On Your Nightstand

Last month, I read: (though I haven't posted my thoughts on most of these yet)

The Dyerville Tales by M.P. Kozlowsky(Giveaway)

The Body in the Library (Miss Marple Mysteries) by Agatha Christie

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Cats of Tanglewood Forest by Charles de Lint

It seems like I read so much more than that! I have to be forgetting something.

August Reading Plans:

I'm challenging myself to read better, and for me, that takes some planning.


The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien(This will be a reread from high school.)

Emma by Jane Austen

This is my challenge for myself as part of Annette's Summer Reading Challenge. I also just learned about Austen in August, and realized even more how perfect of a time it is to read some Austen!

A Blunt Instrument by Georgette Heyer


I read a good bit of non-fiction, but when it's not for review, I tend to do a whole lot of "cheese platter reading". Really, there's nothing wrong with that, but I want to challenge myself to read these non-fiction books the whole way through this month:

I need to finish Raising Raising Real Men: Surviving, Teaching and Appreciating Boysby Hal and Melanie Young. A very sweet friend gave me this book, and it's FULL of wonderful advice concerning the world of raising boys.

Parenting is Rocket Science by Beth Brown

I've already done a bit of "cheese platter reading" in this book, and it looks to be packed full of great advice, too.

When Children Love to Learn: A Practical Application of Charlotte Mason's Philosophy for Today by Elaine Cooper

We officially enter the world of homeschooling this school year, as Grasshopper becomes a kindergartener. I plan on mostly using the Charlotte Mason approach, and this just looks like a helpful book!

Fiction for Fun:

As far as other fiction, I'm really enjoying getting to grab whatever my mood asks me to read, so I don't want to do too much planning in that area.

I do want to finish Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters. I'm enjoying it so far!

I'd also like to read Just Jane by Nancy Moser, as part of Austen in August. I've had it on my kindle for awhile, waiting patiently.

These are a few that are especially calling my name right now, so extra reading will most likely be picked from this stack:

A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle) by Ursula K. Le Guin

Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey

The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle and The Hero's Guide to Being an Outlawby Christopher Healy. I read and loved the 1st book, The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, and I'd like to finish up the series soon. It's fun and humorous!

What kind of reading do you have planned?


  1. I'd like to re-read The Giver before the movie comes out. For some reason. I guess so I can be one of those annoying commenters during the movie, "This is NOT what the book said." ha. (So maybe I don't need to re-read it first!)

    I listened to The Hobbit on audiobook a couples years back and it was delightful that way.

    I read A Wizard of Earthsea last fall. I was surprised how much I liked it because I don't typically read from that genre but it was good. Hope you like it too.

    Happy reading!

    1. When you put it that way, maybe I shouldn't have re-read it! ;) I always tell myself to wait until I've read the book to watch these movies, and then a couple of years later, I still haven't read or watched it. I was trying to get on top of things this go around. I imagine I'll annoy my husband when we watch it now! :)

      The newer cover (of Wizard) that I grabbed at the (online) library looks much less science fiction-y, so honestly, I was a little worried when I saw that older cover. I have a harder time getting into hardcore science fiction. I'm glad you liked it, though!

    2. The Book Thief is an exception I made to always reading the book first. I saw the movie and loved it, but still haven't read the book. But I hope to soon! I think my daughter bought a copy so I'll just borrow her copy this winter. :)

  2. The Hobbit is a great read - we just read that aloud last year. An Austen summer read sounds like a very fun idea.

    1. I read The Hobbit in high school, but I really don't remember much. Plus, I'm making myself read the book before watching the movie, and I really want to see the movie(s). :)

  3. Wow, that's a big reading list. What did you think of The Giver? I liked it. Made me think.

    1. Most of them are kindle books, which I read much quicker than normal books, for some reason. Plus, I'm already already well into 2 of them. But, yes, my eyes are always bigger than my time! ;)

      I liked The Giver better this time around! I don't remember being overly impressed last time around, but it definitely made me think deeper this time.

  4. I'm thinking about reading The Giver because of the movie. Not sure if/when I will, but if I plan on seeing the film (probably not til DVD), I will likely want to read the novel.

    Ooo! I vaguely remember reading Just Jane. It was pretty good if I recall. :)

    Happy reading.

    1. The movie coming out is what made me go ahead and re-read it. I probably won't see it until it comes out on DVD, too.

      I'm looking forward to Just Jane! :)

  5. I love The Hobbit. I used an audiobook last time that really enhanced my enjoyment of it.

    I enjoyed Raising Real Men even though mine were mostly raised by the time I read it.:-)

    I'll have to look into the Austen challenge.

    1. That's a good idea! I might just pull my earphones out and listen to The Hobbit during quiet times. :)

  6. I still haven't read The Giver surprisingly but definitely will before the movie comes out!

    1. I've already looked at some of the cast in disappointment. :S They're not even close to how I pictured them, but maybe they'll change my mind. (another negative to reading the book first) ;)

  7. What a great list! adding a few to my list.....

    1. These memes always add more books to my overflowing wishlist! :)

  8. So encouraged to see our book, Raising Real Men, on your reading list! We have a blog that you may be interested in, too: http://raisingrealmen.com and a really neat community on Facebook of folks raising godly sons: http://facebook.com/raisingrealmen.

    I'd love to hear what you think about the book when you're done! PM us on FB if you are interested in our blogger team.

    Thanks for reading our book!

    1. I've already been enjoying your page on FB, but I'm adding your blog to my reading list now. :)

      Your book has already been a great encouragement for me!

  9. I have NO idea where to start on commenting. :D I'm totally lost!

    Did you like The Cats of Tanglewood Forest?? So curious to hear your thoughts on that one!

    Also I would really love to hear your thoughts on Raising Real Men. I had that on my Amazon wishlist for forever and then eventually removed it because I just had never gotten around to it. Curious to know if you think I should give it a read.

    I read Crocodile on the Sandbank years ago and LOVED it. I left her books at that title though and I've always wanted to go back and read that one again and then read further along into the series. It was so fun.

    I also want to know about Dragonflight because my oldest is fascinated by dragons and I don't know which titles are worth it.

    Your whole list is fun. Fun, fun, fun.

    1. I adored Cats of Tanglewood Forest! I keep meaning to write up posts on all these books. (hopefully, in a little while)

      I loved Crocodile, too, so I'll probably add the next book to my pile soon. I just loved the dry humor of Amelia!

      I'm starting Dragonflight next, since it's due back at the library in a few days. :S

  10. I've seen `Just Jane` mentioned on a few blogs.
    It must be a good one.

    I would like to read the Agatha Christie book

    1. I've only read 2 of Agatha Christie's books, but I've become a fan! :)