It's that time again, time for 5 Minutes' for Books' monthly carnival What's On Your Nightstand? wherein carnival participants post what they're reading, or what they've recently finished reading, or what they plan to read, or a combination thereof. For me, here's a look at my recent reading activity...
Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy. This title has been on my mental "To Be Read" list for a long time and I'm glad I finally got around to it! It's not necessarily a plot driven novel and the reader is able to guess the ending fairly quickly but that does not in any way detract from the enjoyment of the read. In fact, I would say it is the setting as much as the plot and characters that make the novel enjoyable. The pastoral setting of a rural English farm and its metamorphosis through the seasons make a fascinating and charming setting.
I also recently read two Josephine Tey mysteries: Brat Farrar and The Man in the Queue. I much preferred The Man than Brat; I really liked Inspector Grant and in my opinion the Brat storyline grew rather tedious. Of course, I am a huge fan of British murder mysteries and The Man did not disappoint!
- The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara, a Pulitzer prize winning novel about the battle of Gettysburg. So far, it's really, really good. I had never heard of this book but saw it mentioned on a friend's Facebook page when she asked for book recommendations. Shaara's son, Jeff, also wrote a prequel, Gods and Generals, which I may have to check out once I finish Angels.
- Why Church Matters: Discovering Your Place in the Family of God by Joshua Harris I am nearly finished with this title. I like it and think its message an important one. Watch for an upcoming review.
- King's Cross: The Story of the World in the Life of Jesus by Tim Keller. I only just started reading this, an overview of the life of Christ as chronicled in the gospel of Mark. I do like Keller and the other books I've read by him.
Hoping to read next...
I've checked the following books out of the library (which is no guarantee I will actually read them but I do have them in my possession at least temporarily):
- The Zero Game by Brad Meltzer. I saw this mentioned on a friend's blog and I thought it looked intriguing.
- A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khalid Hosseini. I do not like sad books so I don't know if I will actually be able to read this one or not. I once started but never finished The Kite Runner because 1) it was so sad and 2) I figured out where the plot was headed.
- I Still Dream About You by Fannie Flagg. I love Southern fiction but haven't ever read any of Flagg's novels so I have no idea if I will like it or not.
I'm also interested in reading...
- The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis
- Basic Christianity by John Stott
- Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family by Condoleeza Rice
- The Bible or the Axe: One Man's Dramatic Escape From Persecution in the Sudan by William Levi
I may also attempt to revisit 1000 Gifts by Ann Voskamp. I started it ages ago but put it down because I found it difficult to read in terms of simple reading comprehension (I know! I feel so dumb sometimes!). However, a friend is considering blogging through the book and I'm thinking of joining her.
Whew! Am I ambitious or what? The funny thing is I've recently been through a reading drought of sorts where I didn't read anything at all for two or three weeks--I guess maybe I think I have to catch up or something?
So, what are you reading? Have any recommendations for bibliophiles like myself? Let us know in the comments or link up your own Nightstand list at 5 Minutes for Books!