What’s on Your Nightstand? (April 2012)

What's on Your Nightstand? buttonAs I typed the title of this post, I realized that most of the books I’m reading are not on my nightstand; they are on my e-reader. And that, my friends, are words I never thought I’d write.

I’ve done more reading lately. This month, I read four books and started a fifth one this afternoon.

1. Wordsmithy by Douglas Wilson. His books are so fun and enjoyable to me. I recommend this to anyone who writes.

2. Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners by John Bunyan. Thought I didn’t fully realize it, I needed to read this book. Bunyan’s honesty about his struggles has lifted my spirits. He shares his thinking and prayers regarding his imprisonment and his desire to not do anything that would shame Christ or hurt the church. What faith and endurance!

3. The Babylonians: A Survey of the Ancient Civilisation of the Tigris-Euphrates Valley by H.W.F. Saggs. This is a detailed history of ancient Babylon. This one is part of a long-term reading project. Last year, I worked my way through the poetry section of our local library, just reading as much as I could for enjoyment and exposure. No way did I read every single book of poetry in our library, but I enjoyed as much as I could in one year. In 2012, I want to go through the history section. Thus, The Babylonians is on my nightstand.

4. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I keep up with the vlogbrothers (John and Hank Green). They’re nerdy and silly and quirky, and I like them. I hope I’m not too old to be a nerdfighter. Despite all my liking, I had not planned to read John’s book because it is YA Fiction, which is not really my favorite genre. But a few nights ago, I read a short review that piqued my interest. I made a late-night, impulse purchase, and began reading. I couldn’t stop until I swiped the last page around 2AM. (Review to come!)

That’s it for me this month! What are you reading?

12 Comments on “What’s on Your Nightstand? (April 2012)

  1. I’m intrigued by your idea of reading through sections of your local library! Wow! Have you done other sections, or is history your second? (You mentioned having done poetry) What a great idea!

    Thanks for participating!

    5 Minutes for Books


  2. The Fault in Our Stars has taken the literary world by storm. It’s on my list to read, but still waiting for it to come to me from our local library. Hopefully soon!


    • I’m not sure if I had low expectations at the beginning, but I think it’s brilliant.


  3. Douglas Wilson is definitely a favorite of mine, and this book you mention is so fun and easy to read, while at the same time packed with great advices.

    I am not reading one section of the library -which by the way I think is a great idea- 🙂 but I do want to read several books on art this year as well as several of C.S. Lewis that I have not read before. I will soon start Saving Leonardo and The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis

    Right now, on my nightstand, I have the biography of J.C Ryle by Eric Russell, The Beatitudes by Thomas Watson, and on my Kindle I have A Shot of Faith (to the Head): Be a Confident Believer in an Age of Cranky Atheists by Mitch Stokes

    Love you, friend!


  4. “Swiped the last page…” my favorite part of your post. 🙂 I used to make plans to read through my own bookshelves (I’m a big re-reader.), but I never thought of doing that at the library. It sounds kind of intimidating! I’m currently re-reading The Three Musketeers. We watched the new movie the Brits made a few weeks ago, and I’m always driven to read the book again after watching a movie, just to see how good a job the actors and writers did. I’d forgotten how funny the book is to me. There are a lot of good one-liners that make me laugh.


    • I loved The Count of Monte Cristo; I bet I’d enjoy The Three Muskateers. I guess the library project sounds intimidating, but I don’t put any pressure on myself at all. No timetable, no requirements, all enjoyment. I know I won’t be able to read them all from cover-to-cover in one year, but it will improve my knowledge of history (I HOPE!).


  5. A great list of books you completed. I am having a hard time getting any read time in. I love to read and I think I have found a couple that will find their way onto my nightstand! Thanks for sharing your month with us!


  6. I have yet to read a John Green book, but own at least one. I need to change this, read the one we own and then add Fault in our Stars. Thanks for igniting the curiosity flame for the book. 🙂


  7. John Bunyan is undoubtedly my favorite author. Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners is a great one. I’d love to read your thoughts on that if you review it.


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