Psalm 45:10-11, 13-15

Listen to me, O royal daughter; take heart to what I say. Forget your people and your homeland far away. For your royal husband delights in your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord. [...] The bride, a princess, waits within her chambers, dressed in a gown woven with gold. In her beautiful robes, she is led to the king, accompanied by her bridesmaids. What a joyful, enthusiastic procession as they enter the king's palace!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

What's on your nightstand?

What's On Your Nightstand

Recently I discovered that 5 Minutes for Mom has a 5 Minutes for Books site, which is right up my ally! The fourth Tuesday of every month is "What's on your nightstand?" sharing what you've bben reading and plan to read the next month.

Let's just say this, I've been a reading madman...rather mad "woman" lately. In the last two weeks I've finished three books from my booklist for the year!

This month I finished reading:
  • Jane Austen (a biography) by Claire Tomalin
  • Through the Shadowlands: The Love Story of C.S. Lewis & Joy Davidman, Brian Sibley
  • Daisy Miller, by Henry James (short and sweet)
  • Prisoner of Tehran, by Marina Nemat (I read this one in two days!)
I'm still reading:
  • Practicing Hospitality, by Pat Ennis & Lisa Tatlock
  • Practical Theology for Women, by Wendy Horger Alsup (I'm a little over half way through this one.)
  • Montessori from the Start: The Child at Home, From Birth to Age 3, by Paula Polk Lillard & Lynn Lillard Jessen (I just started it today!)
  • Mi primera mirada a Los Tamanos/Colores/Formas/Numeros (These are Spanish kids books on size, color, shapes, and numbers. I'm reading them to Joe, but more for my benefit than his. I'm trying to get my Spanish back.)
Next month I plan to read:
  • Lady Windermere's Fan, by Oscar Wilde
  • Radical Womanhood: Feminine Faith in a Feminist World, by Carolyn McCulley
  • Story, by Robert McGee
  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, by Barbara Kingsolver

I really enjoyed reading the biographies/memoir. Prisoner of Tehran wasn't originally on my list for this year, but I saw it in the library a few weeks ago and on my most recent trip I picked it up. I read it in two days. It was really good, but sad. I'm really interested in Middle Eastern culture and literature, especially in regards to Iran. The book is the story of a woman who became a political prisoner during the Islamic Cultural Revolution. It follows her time in prisoner and how she got out.

It makes me want to go back and reread Lipstick Jihad, which I never actucally finished. It'd be interesting to see the difference of Iran from a woman who was coming of age during the revolution and a woman who goes back to Iran as a young adult 20 years after the revolution.

Just a note...

Practicing Hospitality is in conjunction with the book discussion over at Passionate Homemaking with Lindsay. The discussion and questions are posted on Mondays, although I usually post on Thursdays. You can join the discussion here.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life is the next book in Simple Mom's Sound Mind, Sound Mom Book Club. The reading dates are March 19 - May 21, 2009.


Carrie said...

Oh, well, I'm so glad you found us!!! I'll look forward to getting to know you.

I'd heard about Practical Hospitality a long time ago and forgot all about it so I'm glad you mentioned it. Of course, you mentioned a lot of books I'd like to get to!

Robin of My Two Blessings said...

Good job finished the three books. I want to read Through the Shadowlands, will have to put it on my wish list. Of course, all your books sound good.

Ashley said...

I am loving the book study of Practicing Hospitality with Lindsay! It is a great book!

I am also interested in the practical theology for women book. It sounds like a great read!

Thanks for sharing!


Jennifer, Snapshot said...

I'm glad you found us!!

I read like a madwoman at times as well, and then other times take it at a more reasonable pace!

Lindsay said...

Looks like a great list you have! Have fun reading this month :-)

Lee said...

You are a reading machine. Don't you love Practicing Hospitality? I got so much from chapter three.

ibeeeg said...

Great list.
I am going to check into Practical Hospitality. Sounds like something I would like to read about.