Tuesday, January 27, 2009

What's On My Nightstand?

Well, I saw at Lisa's that it is time for What's on Your Nightstand over at 5 Minutes for Books. I think I'll participate this month.

By the way, Lisa had some interesting books on her nightstand that I think I want to check out, and I'll bet that other participants do, too, so I need to go browse the posts linked over there, I do believe.

Here's what's on my nightstand and pending:

Just finished reading:

The Gospel According to Jesus: What is Authentic Faith? by John MacArthur - I started this one a while ago, but it took me longer than usual to finish because it's the kind of book I like to take my time thinking about and digesting. In fact, I want to read it again. I highly recommend it.

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett - Really, really enjoyed this book! Drew recommended it to me back when he read it while he was in Kuwait (tells you how long ago that was!), but our library 'on the island' did not have it, though I read some others by the same author that I enjoyed. Anyway, I bought a copy from the bookstore before we moved, and this was an excellent book. Drew just finished the sequel, World Without End, so it is now in my 'Hope to Start Soon' pile. I'll say more about that in a minute.

Currently Reading:

The Collectors by David Baldacci - Have I mentioned before how much I like this author? Well, I'm saying it again.

Loving God With All Your Mind by Elizabeth George - Well, technically this one is not on my nightstand yet, but I've ordered it from Amazon and it should be arriving tomorrow, I'm told. I'm listing it here, though because we are reading and discussing this book during our women's group meeting at my church, and I've read some parts from a book I borrowed from a lady in my small group. By the way, it feels so good to say that our new church is my church now. We joined Sunday! More on that in another post, I'm sure.

Just Enough Grace:Reflections on Ordinary Miracles by Heather Nations - Okay, I'll admit I'm glad I'm taking my time reading through Heather's book because it gives me another opportunity to plug my friend's book! I read all these chapters while she was living them and writing them on her blog, but somehow it is really special to read them all together in her book now. Love you, Heather!

To Be Started Soon:

World Without End by Ken Follett - Drew was reading this while I read The Pillars of the Earth, and he was joking about how he needed to speed up because I devoured that book so fast he was afraid I'd take his book from him before he could even finish it. Pillars was just that good. I'm really looking forward to starting the sequel. Drew said it was just as good.

The Last Sin Eater by Francine Rivers - Okay, this one isn't technically on my nightstand, either. It is also part of that Amazon book order that will be arriving this week. But the women's group at our church has a Book Club, and this is the book they are reading for the meeting at the end of February, and I want to be in on that fun evening, so I ordered this one, too. I have to admit, I've never read anything by this author, but our pastor's wife and some of the other ladies who have already finished it say it is very good. I'm looking forward to it.

Pride and Predjudice by Jane Austen - Another one that is in my Amazon order. It has been a very long time since I last read this one, and I want to read it again now that I'm an adult. That and the fact that so many of my favorite bloggers just rave about Jane Austen.

Well, there are probably a few more I could mention on my to be read list, but my nightstand is already full enough. I'll just have to save them for next month.

That was fun. I need to pay more attention to these blog carnivals and join in more often!

Check out other people's nightstands over at 5 Minutes for Books.


Nise' said...

I really enjoyed Pillars of the Earth and World Without End too! Pride and Prejudice will be one you read over and over again.

ibeeeg said...

I loved Pride and Prejudice but for whatever reason have not been able to get into a few other Jane Austen books.

The Last Sin Eater is one my friend's favorite books. It has been on TBR list for months. Maybe it is time I read this book.

Heather said...

Thanks for the plug! :-). Love Ken Follet (but the first book is better than the second) and P&P is my favorite Jane Austen, too. Enjoy and STAY WARM!

Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

I LOVE Francine Rivers! She is an amazing, Godly woman who writes beautifully. I think you'll really enjoy The Last Sin Eater. If you like historical fiction especially, you might also try her Mark of the Lion (?) series.

Lindsay said...

I read Pillars last Spring and LOVED IT! I have not read the next one yet.. but its waiting for me! Have fun reading this month :-)

Jennifer, Snapshot said...

Yeah, it's fun to browse the lists!

I haven't read David Balducci in a long long time. DH and I both used to read him.