Wednesday, September 30, 2015

On my nightstand

The reason I share ‘what’s on my nightstand’ every now and then is because of how much I love getting good book recommendations – it’s as simple as that.  Do I always enjoy the same books my friends or other bloggers do?  No but there are usually one or two I find that way and it’s worth starting a few that don’t appeal to me to find that one I can’t put down.  Because I’m a library girl, I can check out a whole stack of books and maybe only end up reading a couple of them all the way through – and it doesn’t cost me anything!

I do like to read reviews to get an idea what the book might be like before I reserve them at the library but sometimes I know I like an author or it’s one I’ve been waiting for a long time… like this first one on my stack today:

come rain
Come Rain or Come Shine by Jan Karon
The latest in the Mitford Novel series just came out this month.  It’s a wedding!
(Don’t start with this one… be sure to read the whole series!)

wright bros
The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
I learned a lot about something I knew nothing about. 
Where was my head during history class?

Nobody’s Cuter Than You by Melanie Shankle
I’ve read Mel’s blog for years and didn’t want to miss her latest book.  Not as good (for me) as her previous books on parenting and marriage but full of her characteristic humor!

Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee
This is the much-anticipated and much-maligned sequel to “To Kill A Mockingbird.”  I’d like to sit in on a book club discussion of this one.  I just don't know what to say about it.

For The Love by Jen Hatmaker
I thought the premise of the book was really good – giving grace.  I’m not sure how all the chapters fit under that topic and my outline-oriented self found it was confusing.  The chapter on church was really good and the chapter on what tweets would be back in the 70’s was funny.

Life and Death in Shanghai by Nien Cheng
This Chinese woman was put under house arrest in 1966 at the beginning of the Cultural Revolution and ended up spending years in prison under incredibly difficult circumstances after being falsely charged as a spy.  Again, because I somehow failed to retain one iota of information I read in my history classes, I learned so much about communism and socialism through her experience, as well as what impact the cultural revolution had on that enormous country.  Very good.

1 comment:

Tilly said...

Hi Becky:) I always appreciate your book reviews, what I really love is the broad spectrum of books that you read! I tend to get in a "rut" of reading the same types of books:) There were a couple on this review today that really peaked my interest! you friend, thank you!

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