Friday, August 27, 2010

What's On My Nightstand: August

Ack! I was horrified to discover last night that I had forgotten this past Tuesday was the monthly Nightstand post over at 5 Minutes For Books and I had missed it! Bummer.... But then I got to thinking, just because I missed it doesn't mean I can't still post something, right?

This summer has been very busy... Wait, I mean the last 8 months of my life have been extremely hectic. I am working more than part-time all the while I am taking care of a three year-old, have volunteering/ministry obligations, a house to keep in order and meals to cook, and still find time to a wife. Then with what's leftover I try to fit in some "me" time. I still get reading in, but not as much as last year. I still get blogging in, but it has to be scheduled. But I digress.

Since my What's On My Nightstand: July post I am happy to report I was able to read ALL three books I listed, plus a couple others I mentioned and one or two I didn't. Looking back I don't know how I fit it all in, but I did. Hurray for goals met!

Now, looking ahead to September! There will be plenty to read in the weeks ahead and here's what I'm planning:

1. For my book club, which will be meeting at the end of September I need to read Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton.
I know nothing about this book, but it has come highly recommended and am especially curious to read a book set on the African continent.

2. September 15 marks the 120th anniversary of Agatha Christie's birth. To celebrate I not only plan to read more of Agatha Christie's novels...

I have also signed up to participate in the second annual Agatha Christie Blog Tour (September 1-30, 2010) that Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise has organized, so be sure to watch for some special posts on Monday, September 6. (Yikes! That's only a little over a week away!)

Interested in joining in the fun? There is still time. If you are a mystery reader, mystery lover, or mystery writer be sure to: 1. Sign up to participate (there are yet several dates available) and/or 2. Mark your calendar so you can take the tour and read what other mystery readers/lovers/writers have to share. There might even be some give-aways!)

3. Also current on my nightstand is Dr. Dobson's Bringing Up Girls. I've read some good reviews on this book. I am not far into it, but look forward to digging deeper in the coming weeks.

4. Towards the end of September I will be gearing up for my own special blog event:

October 1-31, 2010 I will be hosting the second annual Maud Hart Lovelace Reading Challenge. This challenge will coincide with HarperCollins Publishers' re-printing and re-release of The Deep Valley Books. To learn more check out my official Maud Hart Lovelace Reading Challenge announcement and watch for more information towards the end of September. Oh, and spread the word!

5. If I have time after all of this I hope to finish off some lighter novels. Perhaps another Angela Thirkell or D. E. Stevenson. Or maybe I'll choose something totally different, perhaps a book that has been sitting on my TBR list just waiting for space on my nightstand. One thing I like about reading per whim is that it's always an adventure. I'm never quite sure which book I'll read next until I begin.

Curious to know what other bloggers are reading? Check out the August installment of What's On Your Nightstand at 5 Minutes for Books. And while you're there be sure to link up your own September reading list.

Happy reading!


Nana Fredua-Agyeman said...

A lot to read then... it's good to still find time and read. Would be waiting to read your thoughts on these novels

Carrie said...

SO excited about the Betsy-Tacy challenge. I read through Heavens to Betsy and Betsy in Spite of Herself. Next up - Betsy Was a Junior!

Marie said...

I loved CRY THE BELOVED COUNTRY when I read it in high school.Good luck!

Brittanie said...

I am looking forward to the Betsy Tacy challenge too. :)

S. Mehrens said...

if any of you want the MHLRC button email me at: libraryhospitalblog [at] gmail [dot] com.