On My Nightstand...

...you will find:


{Still reading} Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel by Helen Simonson
{Re-reading} Anne of Windy Poplars by L.M. Montgomery

What are YOU reading?

{In Review}


Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery
I must have been about seven when I first picked up a copy of Anne of Green Gables, stumbling over some of the larger words, but falling in love with it (and my ability to read it by myself) nevertheless. In the years since, I have lost count of how many times I have read my way through the Anne books, but I do know that the last time I picked them up we were living in the beyond-hot tropics of Papua, Indonesia and reading Anne was like a quick trip home. While I was down with the crud two weeks ago, I used my unexpected free time to re watch the Anne films (with Megan Follows and the always-handsome Jonathan Crombie), which made me want to pull out my Anne books as soon as I was feeling better. The books are, of courseso much better than the films, and each time I work my way through them I am re-delighted by the humor, romance, descriptive scenes, and lovable characters.

All the Money in the World: What the Happiest People Know About Getting and Spending by Laura Vanderkam
I mentioned this book in my previous Bottom Line post, and I have plans for a more in-depth review of All the Money in the World later this month. However, it was also one of the books I finished last week, so it's only fair to include a short review of it in my Nightstand post. I've read several finance books in the last few years, including The Money Saving Mom's Budget and The Total Money Makeover, but none of them have resonated with me like All the Money in the World. Vanderkam managed to put into words the very ideas and discussions that Peter and I have been having over the last few months, including making some financial choices that would probably cause some to raise an eyebrow. However, as she discusses in the book, it's really not about a dollar figure, as much as it is about being content and being willing to do what it takes if you want to take action on your bigger dreams. I'll go into this in more detail in a later post, but suffice it to say, I would highly recommend picking up a copy (or Kindle copy) of All the Money in the World.

{Note: I did receive a preview copy of All the Money in the World, but all opinions are totally my own}



  1. I keep hearing great things about Major Pettigrew. Thinking maybe I should add that to the list...

    I'm so glad you liked All the Money and that it resonated with you guys. (I'm so curious about the specifics--are you gonna share those? hint, hint :) )

  2. I am laughing my way through Ron Snell's It's a Jungle Out There (which is even funnier if you HAVE been there...) and am also reading Chesterton's St. Francis of Assisi.

    Re: the Anne movies...my family LOVES those movies only slightly less than the books! But the first time I saw "Matthew" in another movie, he was playing a villain, and it completely ruined the other movie for me! :)

  3. Anne - I'm still undecided about Major Pettigrew. I heard so many good things about it, but I'm almost half-way through the book and it just hasn't "grabbed" me yet, like some other books have (thinking specifically of the "Guernsey" book). We'll see. As for All the Money - I might share some specifics when I write my longer review. :-)

    Jamie - Ron's books cracked me up. I've read all three and just being married to a Peruvian MK makes me appreciate the stories. Good stuff! And for the record - how in the world could "Matthew" ever play a villain?! That is SO wrong.


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