Tuesday, May 24, 2011

What's On My Nightstand: May 2011

Another month drawing to an end and I am happy to report I read all three of the books I mentioned in my April Nightstand post! Ah, these little accomplishments in life sometimes make everything seem less stressful.

It's been an extremely busy spring for my family and I. What I expected to be a quiet February through May ended up packed with house-sitting, a family funeral, long-distance travels, home improvement projects, pushing forward in a new business venture my husband started in 2010, child-rearing, and some definite changes in my career. (I'm working more as a consultant than an employee, which means more flexibility come 2012... which is a good thing considering we'll be starting the new year with an addition to our family).

Some how through it all I've managed to keep reading, which for me is important. I want to keep an outlet for my creativity amongst life's general business, even if the business means I don't have always have time to write.

As for reading... I have a very short list for June, but I'm sure as was the case with May I will find additional books to read and will share my thoughts as soon as I can.

For now my nightstand line-up includes:

The Passion of the Western Mind by Richard Tarnas. This was chosen by my book club. We will be reading and discussing just section one of the book, "The Greek World View," for our next meeting.


In addition we are all to read at least one Greek play, Antigone by Sophocles. If time and humor allows I may also read The Histories by Herodotus or another Greek play, but we shall see. Greek literature is a weak area in my reading repertoire and I'm not sure how I'll do.

 If time allows I also plan to do some "fun-fluff" reading including:

The Penderwicks of Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall. This is the third in the Penderwick's series and is hot off the presses this month.

Taken At the Flood by Agatha Christie, the next in my personal Agatha Christie reading challenge.

From there... who knows. There is always some book I have heard of or seen and can't wait to read. In the meantime be sure to check back on a weekly basis as I endeavor to get back into a weekly posting of reviews.

For those of you who have your own nightstand list for June be sure to stop by 5 Minutes for Books and link up your own Nightstand list.

Happy reading!


Jennifer, Snapshot said...

I'm hoping to get to the new Penderwicks this summer! I'd really like to reread the first two with my kiddos first.

Thanks for linking up.


Hopewell said...

Thanks for the reminder on the new Penderwicks!! Can't wait!

Cassandra said...

Wow, what a varied list! It's been a long time since I've read any Greek literature. Hope you enjoy it!

Melissa @ Breath of Life said...

I've not read any of the Penderwicks. Thinking I need to check it out.

Sarah M. said...

Melissa, I read and loved the first two Penderwick books. If you are interested you can read my reviews here: http://libraryhospital.blogspot.com/2008/11/penderwicks-summer-tale-of-four-sisters.html

and here: http://libraryhospital.blogspot.com/2009/02/penderwicks-on-gardam-street-by-jeanne.html

Carrie said...

You have had a busy, busy spring!

Didn't realize that there was a third Penderwicks book. I know that they are well-loved but I just couldn't seem to like them myself. Still, I'll keep an eye out for your thoughts on this one!