What’s On Your Nightstand?
This is a new feature that I tried in February, and I just love taking inventory of the books that are in my current reading pile…and this month I am still working through last month’s pile! March is a great time to be reading, but I have been too busy to really enjoy it! I have most of these 1/2 done at this point, but I have a few days ahead, off for holiday from work, so I can hunker down and get reading! Here’s the low-down:
Books from last month:
Books reading in March:
As you might notice, I am off the cookbooks. I am loving them, and still reading them, but not anything new in that department. I am finding time to read…I just have to finish. It’s the finishing that I have always struggled with. Note to self. Here’s the run-down of my books:
The Life We Bury, Allen Eskens
Another riveting read! I am loving this exciting book so far, and can’t wait for the twists to come around the next corner. Last month I read his other book, The Life We Bury, and was really wanting to read this one. I am not disappointed. If you like detective stories, this one has the main character, as a detective trying to rehabilitate his reputation, after rumors of corruption. His latest case spirals from a simple car crash to a trained assasin, to his own personal life exploding. It is fun and not at all scary, so I love this kind of read!
Unstuffed, Ruth Soukup
I am reading this as part of the launch team for the author. I am so privileged to be a part of her book launch! She is a great blogger, and author, and famous for her “living simply” and paring her life down to the essentials, while keeping it real and very open about her missteps that led her to this place of needing to “unstuff” her life. I have more to share with you on this, like free bonus checklists and challenges from Ruth, but you’ll have to stay tuned in for that!
Do you do this? My book has been tagged with sticky notes, and dog-eared for things I love. There are lots of things I love, green for quotes, and orange for tips, and dog-ears for “must-do’s”! Seriously. Do you? I hope I am not alone on this one…
It is packed with great tips, and wisdom, along with practical approaches to de-cluttering your physical spaces, and also your personal ones like the relationships you choose. Her viewpoint is shown here in a metaphorical and literal interpretation of the “unstuffing” as a way to live your life more fully. I am greatly enjoying it and studying it to put all these tips in place!
The Joy of Less, Francine Jay
This is not pictured above, because I got an advanced e-reader copy, which means it’s not totally done yet, but the publisher lets you read it and do a review before the book is released. Since I have had lots of family members with birthdays this month, there’s been much joy in having lots…not less, so this one is still waiting for me to read it! If you could see the hurricane my house has become, you would know that I need to read this asap! I think it dovetails nicely with the Unstuffed book as a comparison for me, so I got it on the iPad to read in between all the other things! This was previously published in 2010, so this new release is a 2016 publication that is due to release about April 26th. My review on this will follow soon!
The Boundless, Kenneth Oppel
I am just starting this as a read-aloud to my 3rd and 5th graders. I wanted them to read it, but they didn’t seem interested on their own to pick it up. It’s gotten great reviews and he’s the author of the Silverwing Trilogy, which wasn’t immediately available, so I got this. We shall see on this one, and I will probably have more to say on it for April.
The Unforgiving Minute, Craig M. Mullaney
A memoir of a young Army Officer reflecting on his experience as a soldier, and getting an “education” in the dark realities of war. The author, is now serving in the Department of Defense as a Principle Director for Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Asia, and was formerly an Advisor to President Obama. I find his experiences reflected as a student, soldier and finally leader, to be very interesting and enlightening, as I am not a soldier, or a man, and have no direct experience with war- and I like memoirs of growth and reflection, so I am happy to still have this on my side table to get into a bit more.
Books Listened to in March:
None, so far. Ewww. I was on a roll, but somehow I haven’t made it to the library to get something. I was told that the Harry Potter series in audio is awesome and the reader is phenomenal. I only made it through to #6, so I have one left to read, and I can’t bring myself to actually take the time to re-read these in paper form, so I think audio is the way to go here, especially as I will be doing it on my commute, so it will be fun to hear the story from the start! I was finally inspired to go get it, for this post, so I will be getting down to audio-reading starting tomorrow!
That’s it! So tell me: