Books, books, books!

So, once again, it’s time for 5 Minutes for Books’ monthly carnival where inquiring minds want to know: “What’s on your nightstand?” In other words, what’s everybody reading? I am currently reading…

Yes, only two titles in my “reading now” stack, if you can believe it.

It’s also fall (yes and amen) which means it is time for Katrina’s Fall Into Reading Challenge. This is a fun reading challenge that I’ve participated in off and on ever since I first entered the blogging realm. The rules of engagement are pretty simple: you post a list of books you hope to read, you read, and then at the end of the challenge you post about what you read (or didn’t read). Plus Katrina has fun prizes and stuff throughout the challenge! Want to find out more? Click here for Katrina’s Fall Into Reading introduction.

So, what do I hope to read this fall? For once I don’t really have any firm goals but here’s some titles that have languished on my To Be Read list for quite some time plus a few titles that are soon to be released…



As always, I’d like to read some classic literature, maybe something by Thomas Hardy since my friend Kim always mentions him when I ask for recommendations. As a Southerner, I feel as if I should read Faulkner and I tried. Once. Maybe I’ll try again. I’ve also been in something of a British detective novel stage, P.D. James in particular, so no doubt some of those titles will make my reading list. I’ve also enjoyed the first couple of books in Ellis Peters’ Brother Cadfael mysteries. So, yeah, I’m pretty much non committal, keeping my fiction options wide open.

But here’s the real fun of these reading challenges: finding out what everyone else is reading! So, what are you reading this month? Link up over at 5 Minutes for Books. And what reading goals do you have for the fall? Join Katrina’s challenge and let us know! And if you have any really really good books you’d like to recommend, by all means pass them on here in the comments!

Happy reading!


Author: Lisa Spence

Wife, mother, Bible teacher, bibliophile, occasional blogger

14 thoughts on “Books, books, books!”

  1. Isn't Challies is reading The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul?Don't waste your time on The Eyre Affair. I think Carrie would agree.Women's Ministry book is great, I enjoyed Same Kind of Different, too.I haven't made my list for Katrina yet. Hope to soon. Yours looks great, as always.

  2. I'm reading a biographical tome, and I mean tome, on Augustine of Hippo by Peter Brown. My secondary book I am working through is "Orthodoxy" by G. K. Chesterton. It's interesting, but sometimes a bit out there.

  3. I love the variety on your list. Glad you'll be reading along with Challies, too. I enjoyed "Same Kind of Different as Me" – I think you'll like it. I'll look forward to what you say about the women's ministry book – sounds interesting.

  4. My girl is reading P&P for her author project. I think she has to read something like 800-1000 pages by Austen.Check out my first post today (posted just before/below the Random Dozen)- as I was reading it and typing the review, I thought "Lisa will like this book."

  5. Lisa, I am new to your blog and enjoy your writing and reading insights. It is rare for me to find someone with tastes similar to mine.I also found This Body of Death by Elizabeth George to be profound. I had never before considered things in this light, which is what a great writer does. Another author I discovered about a year ago is Irene Nimerovsky. She was a Jewish convert to Catholicism who moved to France from Russia and was sent to Aushowich (sp?) before her last two books were published. Her young daughters kept her manuscripts and got them published recently. Fire in the Blood, and Suite France. Someday I would like to read an earlier book she wrote, the title escapes me at the moment.I also was very proud of myself for getting all the way through Chesterton's, The Everlasting Man. It is about the effects of the incarnation of Christ on all of civilization. It was challenging because the author is just so darn witty and profound that it takes a while to get very far in one reading. I will never think of the proverbial "cave man" in the same way. I will never again assume that civilization is progressing. This is a good book for a Christian to invite a non believer to read in a study group. Chesterton was the author who convinced C.S. Lewis to believe in Christ!I must say something about In the First Circle by Alexander Solsynhetsyn. It was bizarre, it was a challenge for me to comprehend, but it was well worth it to better understand the insidious nature of communism. I am never going to forget the shame and temptations for the wives of the men who were sent to those various prisons within the Gulag system. I would like to read more Solzenhetsyn, but will have to wait until cheerier times come my way. Just last week I read Chekov for the first time. The Duel was an easy and thought provoking read. It may cause me to rethink my ideas about short stories and characters. The main character is a man made weak by his own immorality and his antagonist thinks he is the stronger, but perhaps his assumptions are delusional. Interesting for discussion, but don't know anyone who has read it!And now I will be self serving and recommend my own book, Holy Women of the Past, published last year by Calvary Press. It is a collection of portraits of twelve women from Scripture who still matter today. It began as a quest for me to understand God's meaning for womanhood. I spent several years working on it. I think it is good for a women's study group or individual reading. As an unknown with no platform, I was blessed to find a publisher. But still challenged to find readers! I think, perhaps in blog world, I have taken up too much space! Sorry. Blessings, Barb Gardner

  6. Oh, I believe Kim said she loves P.D. James. I do too! Have you read The Children of Men? The move version was horrible. Read the book, very prolife message. Perhaps a bit of a complementary perspective as well.

  7. @ Carrie Your snippet helps. Thanks!@Kim I love PD James too!@Linda Headed your way now! :)@Barbara I've read that Elizabeth George novel and liked it. I haven't read The Children of Men but will look for it on my next outing to the library. I'm actually sort of reading the Dagliesh novels in a backwards order. I read the last five or so and have now started with the first. Not sure where The Children of Men fall in the line; is a Dagliesh novel? Will definitely check into your book; thanks for telling me about it.@Becky Thanks for the heads up!

  8. I will be very curious as to your thoughts on The Road. I haven't read that one yet — it's one I keep thinking I *might* want to read, but I'm afraid I'll hate it. I've heard so many good reviews about…but am thinking it just might not be my style. So I'll let you try it out and then decide. 🙂

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