What’s On My Nightstand

Here’s a look at what I’m reading this month…

Thanks to a recommendation by Sarah of Library Hospital, I recently finished reading The Shuttle by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Fans of Downton Abbey will enjoy this story of an American heiress marrying an impoverished English manor lord. I thought it a charming and delightful if improbably titled novel.

Last night I finished The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton. Um…let’s just say it’s an odd book. Very strange indeed. I think maybe I enjoyed it? To be honest, I’m not sure. Have any of you read it? What did you think?

I am currently reading The Unfolding Mystery: Discovering Christ in the Old Testament by Edmund Clowney in preparation for Bible study this fall and also because I find it interesting.

I’m also begun reading A Woman’s Wisdom: How the Book of Proverbs Speaks to Everything by Lydia Brownback. I picked this one up at The Gospel Coalition Women’s Conference and what I’ve read so far I really like. My friend Jessalyn at Desiring Virtue has chosen this title for her September bookclub.

Speaking of bookclub, some of my blog friends are reading Small Wonder: Essays by Barbara Kingsolver. I pretty much stink at online bookclubs so I haven’t decided if I’ll join the fun or not. I may grab the book from the library just so I can eavesdrop on their discussion with some degree of intelligence. šŸ™‚

Some books I’m looking forward to reading, should the library inventory and/or book budget allow, include

So what are you reading this month? Have you read anything particularly good lately? I’m always on the lookout for recommendations, particularly for that exceptionally good fiction read.

Check out more Nightstand lists at 5 Minutes for Books!


Author: Lisa Spence

Wife, mother, Bible teacher, bibliophile, occasional blogger

9 thoughts on “What’s On My Nightstand”

  1. I've not heard of any of your titles but The Unfolding Mystery sounds really good! My best fiction read from last month – Love Amid the Ashes by Mesu Andrews. It made me want to dig into Job more to see how much of it is true to the Biblical story!Happy reading!Cassandra

  2. I love "The Man Who Was Thursday!" I'm a big Chesterton fan though. But yes, very strange. I think it has to do with his answer to evils of modern society, of anarchy and lawlessness vs. the order of creation, the virtues that bring people together against a common enemy (and nonspecifically against the idea of evil), and much more. Is "The Shuttle" an adult or kids' book? I've read a couple of her children's book (Secret Garden, LIttle Princess, Little Lord Fauntleroy) although not in years. Thanks for participating!Elizabeth from 5MFB

  3. First, I read The Man Who Was Thursday with my book club back in 2008. I remember puzzling it out and then coming to a screeching halt at the end with the surprise reveal. It was not at all what I expected. Still, it led to some great discussion within our group. I think that's what the book needs — other minds to toss ideas back and forth, just reading it on your own without discussion does make it hard to process… at least in my opinion.Second, to EDJ below, The Shuttle is an adult novel. It's a lesser known novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. She wrote several childrens' novels, but also several adult novels. I'm currently working my way through (albeit slowly since it's via kindle on my ipad) another adult novel, A Lady of Quality. Burnett is a good story teller. Another excellent series is The Making of a Marchioness followed by The Methods of Lady Walderhurst. Not of course her best works, but they were still delightful reads.Last, I too can't wait to read J. K. Rowling's new book. I hope it lives up to all our expectations. I'm waiting for a copy via my library as I'm not yet willing to fork over the cash… just in case I hate it. šŸ˜‰

  4. Ooo…Discovering Christ in the Old Testament sounds great. I just finished the chapter in Lit! about priorities in reading and am mulling over its content. I think I'm a little resistant right now because while I love deep theological books and certainly books on the person and character of Christ, I hate spending money on anything–and those types of books aren't the norm at my local library.I love how your lists always challenge me in my reading priorities, because you do read deeply–and variedly, but richly (how's that for just adding -ly to the end of a collection of adjectives?)

  5. I LOVED The Man Who Was Thursday! It was like a suspense/thriller, allegory & satire all wrapped up in one! I did a little piece on it on my blog a while back ago.I'm currently reading about heaven in "Everlasting Life." Very biblical/theological & it compliments my Hebrews study (yes, I'm still on Hebrews!) We are in chapter 11, focusing on holding fast to our confession of faith. Faith looks forward, and that is what this book helps you do.

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