What’s on Your Nightstand?

April 14, 2018

Since moving last June, we’ve had our own series of unfortunate events. There were the two back to back floods that filled our garage and basement with water. Then there was the failure of the frig, the oven, the washing machine and the garage door. We’re now on our third oven hood as well. There were creatures to contend with–namely 4 possums and 2 skunks wielding an all out turf war under our deck. There were days when I’d open my dryer to find that all the newly washed and dried clothes now smelled of skunk. That sleeper sofa we ordered for our basement quarters didn’t work properly and repairmen had to come not once, not twice, but three times to rebuild it from the inside. Things were looking up as we headed into the holidays but winter brought with it three fever viruses including one case of the flu, some colds, a stomach bug and a lice infestation (still, infinitely preferable to the pinworms of the year before). Except for that last stomach bug, I have been healthy. I really thought I was going to escape this winter unscathed until Sunday night happened.

All that to say, I’m taking a two week break from the I John series while I catch my breath and prep for some teaching I’ll be doing for the women at my church next weekend.

But first, I wanted to share what I’ve been reading since the beginning of the year.

Too Late the Phalarope Alan Paton
Hatchett Gary Paulson
The God Who is There D.A. Carson
The Charlatan’s Boy Jonathan Rodgers
The Hole in our Holiness by Kevin DeYoung
Station Eleven Emilie St. John Mandel
3 short novels by Katherine Anne Porter:
Old Mortality
Noon Wine
Pale Horse, Pale Rider

Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
A Man For All Seasons play by Robert Bolt
Emma Jane Austen
This Side of Paradise F. Scott Fitzgerald
What’s the Big Deal: Why God Cares About Sex by San and Brenna Jones
Made for More by Hannah Anderson

My reading goal this year was to read more of the books I already own which is why I picked up Katherine Anne Porter, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Bolt. My kids outread me by a long shot, so I like to pick up a few of theirs as well to have an idea of the kinds of stuff they’re feeding on. That’s why Hatchett and The Charlatan’s Boy made the list. I re-read Pride and Prejudice every year. And often, once I’m done with that, I turn to Emma as well.

These are the titles currently on my nightstand:

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
The Mortification of Sin by John Owen
Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O’ Connor
Divided By Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America by Michael D. Emerson and Christian Smith
Not pictured: North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

What’s on your nightstand?



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  • Elizabeth Daghfal April 14, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    I think my nightstand is smaller than yours 🙂 but I have books lying all over the house that I pick up when I’m near them. To mention a few:
    Austen’s Northanger Abbey (funny, when I read her novels when I was young, I thought they were romance. Now as an adult, I realize the truth of their satire).
    Gary Chapman’s The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted Bible Study (for our church small group)
    Lisa Cron’s Wired for Story (a great non-fiction read on the importance of fiction)
    Michael Hyatt’s Platform (taped together, though, because unfortunately my dog decided to eat the binding two days after I got it)
    Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Ian Fleming’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (classics)
    Liza Mundy’s Code Girls (the fascinating true stories of women in WWII who broke codes for the Navy and Army)
    and a plethora of picture books (a genre you should NEVER out grow). Some of my favorites this year, Peter H. Reynolds’ The Dot, Karen Kaufman Orloff’s I Wanna Iguana, Julia Rawlinson’s Fletcher and the Falling Leaves, and Lindsay Mattick’s Finding Winnie

    • Charisse Compton May 13, 2018 at 6:04 am

      Picked up Northanger Abbey last night at your recommendation =) thanks for listing these!