What’s on Your Nightstand

I love books. I love reading. I love it more than writing. Plus I love writing a whole lot. Is “a whole lot” proper English?  Probably not. It is in Texas, fer sure.

So, since I love books, and since I have had a book I’m reading on my bedside table for my whole life (maybe not when I was a baby), I have decided to write about what I am reading. It’s my two loves meeting! Yea!

I’m not a photographer, and this is not a photo blog. But, I am going to show you a pic of my book stack. Don’t look too critically at the photo. It’s not good, but here it is:

  • The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones….This one we are reading aloud sporadically with the kiddos. I would highly recommend this as a very good children’s Bible that is a pleasure to read and keeps the attention span of a broad range of ages!
  • The Reason for God by Timothy Keller….I just started this book. It is a thinking about your faith deeply kind of book. This is good for me since it stretches my brain in weaker areas. Not that I don’t think. I used to be smarter before I had four kids and learned a foreign language. I just…well, nevermind.
  • Streams to the River, River to the Sea by Scott O’Dell….I picked this up at the library the other day for my 5th grader. It is a novel based on the story of Sacagawea on the Lewis and Clark Expedition. She read it in two days. She recommended it to me, and I am really enjoying it. It is an exciting adventure based on history!
  • Brooklyn by Colm Toibin…..I haven’t read this yet, but I’m starting it next. It is a story of an immigrant. I bought it for my mother-in-law for helping with the kids while I was away on my last writer’s trip. I was in a famous bookstore in DC close to Dupont Circle. I loved it! I would’ve spent hours there and lots of dollars, but I restrained myself as I had neither. My mother-in-law said it was a good book. She said it causes you to consider some very important points in life.
  • Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink….This is an old book (originally published in 1935) that I started reading aloud to my two older daughters (9 and 11 years). Tonight they kept begging me to read another chapter. We are fascinated by Caddie who is a tomboy in the 1860’s. It is a fun story. I would recommend it as a family read aloud.

I don’t always have this many books in my stack, but it makes me happy. I’m thinking of adding Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard, but you’ll just have to wait and see if Annie makes the cut. 🙂 Now, tell me, what’s on your nightstand?

What's On Your Nightstand


4 thoughts on “What’s on Your Nightstand

  1. I LOVE reading too. Isaac read Caddie Woodlawn in 3rd grade when we were homeschooling. I’m reading The Life and Death of Charlie St. Cloud, simple easy read I’ve thrown in my purse several times this week. I’m also reading The Distant Hours by Kate Morton–I’ve read all her stuff, but this was is my least favorite so far.

  2. Great list! I love Caddie!! And I’ve had The Reason For God on my “want to read” list for awhile now…I really like Tim Keller! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on that one…maybe I can borrow it when you’re done. 😉

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