Tuesday, June 28, 2011

What's On My Nightstand: June 2011

Generally speaking I don't give much thought to how quickly time seems to pass until I get ready to do something like write the monthly "What's On Your Nightstand" post as hosted by 5 Minutes for Books. It is at this point I stop and exclaim, "Wait!? It's the end of the month? Where did ____ go!?" In this case I can hardly believe it's the end of June and in a week's time we'll be past the 4th of July and well into summer.

Despite the fact my blog has been suffering from my lack of posts I have been reading. Unfortunately I have yet to finish all the books I set out to read in June. Instead I've read a lot of books I didn't plan to read.... Yeah... So maybe that's what summer is for -- making plans and then dropping them altogether to do something entirely different.

End of May to mid-June Reads that I plan to review:
* Gerald And Elizabeth by D. E. Stevenson
* The Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall
* The Red House Mystery by A. A. Milne
* Chaff in the Wind by Edna Walker Chandler
* The Demon in the House by Angela Thirkell
* Taken At the Flood by Agatha Christie

So that's what I have been reading, what has been on my nightstand, but what is currently sitting there waiting to be read?

Carried over from last month's post -- The Passion of the Western Mind by Richard Tarnas. I have less than 2 weeks to complete the first section -- The Greek World View" before our next book club meeting. I'm making slow progress because this is a meaty read and it simply cannot be rushed.

Also, I need to finish Atingone by Sophocles. I have been putting this one off for the same reason I'm dragging my feet in Passion of the Western Mind, I know I should read it. I know I will read it, but it's not a fast read for someone with little attention span. Nevertheless, I will finish it in time. Just wait and see.

And on the side when I'm feeling lazy and unwilling to focus entirely on a challenging read I can be found devouring:

  * Crooked House by Agatha Christie
* August Folly by Angela Thirkell

So that's my plan for the next four weeks. We'll see how I do.

What about you? What are you reading this summer? Leave a comment and let me know or link up your own nightstand post at 5 Minutes for Books. Happy reading!!!!


Brooke from The Bluestocking Guide said...

Crocked House was good.

Here is mine

morninglight mama said...

I've got the new Penderwicks book on our shelf right now, too, and my son and I are going to read it together next.

-Dawn, 5M4B

Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

I read and enjoyed Penderwicks #3 this month. I think it's great that you're focusing on classics, too. Great list!

Carrie said...

Well, yeah, I guess you HAVE kept up with the reading. =) My reading has slowed down somewhat considerably. Thankfully Narnia talk gives me time to catch up on other stuff to some degree. =)

And I think our summertime MIGHT have just arrived. (It's raining today but it's still 74 degrees so I think that can count for summer, right?!)

Nana Fredua-Agyeman said...

I was looking for an Agatha Christie and I found it. lol.

I am currently reading Dew in the Morning by Shimmer Chinodya (from Zimbabwe)... I plan reading Orwell's 1984 and other African writers.

The Cul-de-Sac said...

What a great blog! I just discovered you via www.5minutesforbooks.com and am so glad I did. I love that you have some Agatha Christie on your list; I read *all* of her books in the fifth grade (which was awhile ago....) and still have them on my personal library shelves. I was thinking I might make a winter project out of re-reading them. I look forward to perusing your site for more great reading ideas. Thanks!