May 24, 2011
What's On My Nightstand - May
It's time once again for What's On My Nightstand over at 5 Minutes for Books. I'm still trying to stay with the 3-book plan, which has been made easier with my new found love of the audio book.
~Lady Susan. A quick and delightful book of letters. Obviously early Jane, but fun nevertheless.
~How Do I Love Thee? I didn't know the story of Elizabeth Barrett Browning. This was an interesting novelization of her life, with plenty of strange truths.
~Loving the Church: God's People Flourishing in God's Family. I wasn't particularly fond of the format of this one, but John Crotts has some really good things to say about the role of the church and the members within it.
~Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague. To say I enjoyed novel about the plague in a small 17th century England doesn't quite fit, given the subject matter. I will say that it is a compelling study in how people deal with tragedy. The ending left me unsatisfied, still I would recommend this book.
~A Place for Weakness: Preparing Yourself for Suffering (Kindle, non-fiction). The discussion at Elizabeth's on Wednesdays is worth reading, even if you aren't reading the book (although I HIGHLY recommend that you read it!)
~Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy (audio, biography). I'm finally on the last disc. It's been a very interesting story, although a bit long and detailed for my taste. I have learned much about the Third Reich and Hitler's power over Germany, and have been fascinated by the Christians who opposed him.
~The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (fiction). I decided to give this a whirl after reading Carrie's post that included it among books she's happy were recommended to her. I'm only a few chapters in, but already adore Flavia de Luce. I can't wait to read the next two books in this series.
~Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (audio, fiction)
~A Walk with Jane Austen: A Journey into Adventure, Love, and Faith (biography). This one has been on my list forever, but I am going to get to it!
~The Organized Heart: A Woman's Guide to Conquering Chaos (Kindle, non-fiction)
~Christianity and Liberalism (Kindle, non-fiction), as part of Challies' latest Reading the Classics Together.
~The Sisters from Hardscrabble Bay (fiction).
Concern about what I've been reading - particularly fiction - has been gnawing at me. I didn't understand it at first, because I'm very careful to choose "clean" books (I find certain language offensive). Still, I decided to cull my bookshelves again. I had accumulated a large number of Christian romance novels, but the prospect of reading them no longer appeal to me. Then I read this article by Russell Moore, which confirmed my convictions. I'm determined to focus on classics and works that are more thought-provoking and witty (while clean at the same time).
If I want to be more intentional in my life, I must also be more intentional in my reading.
What about you...what are you reading these days? Are you intentional about what you read? Do you have any recommendations for me?
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