What's On My Nightstand: Snow Day Edition

So it snowed this week where we live, and while my raised-in-the-tropics children all wanted to get bundled up and head outside into the freezing temps, I really wanted nothing more than to snuggle up under a warm blanket and read the day away. {Spoiler Alert: with 5 kids, that didn't happen.}

Still on my list of books that I'm "actively" reading are The Bonjour Effect and Eleven Minutes Late. Both of them take more brain power than I have by the time I crawl into bed at the end of the day, and I've been averaging 1-2 pages before I find my head nodding and the words swirling around the page. Don't get me wrong - they are great books - I'm just, if not old, at least more tired now.

Since I hate the feeling of a never-ending book, I keep throwing an Agatha Christie/Hercule Poirot mystery into the mix so that I have some sense of accomplishment, and still knock out books towards my Goodreads goal of 50 books in 2018.

This last week I finished up Cards on the Table (you can read my review of it on Goodreads) and started reading Cat Among the Pigeons - a murder mystery set at an all-girls school. Dead teachers, hidden treasures, forbidden marriages and, of course, the always brilliant Hercule Poirot to sort it all out.

Looking Ahead: I have two books that I'm quite excited about reading, but won't allow myself to start until I finish Bonjour and Eleven (motivation to keep going). The first is A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-1918 by Joseph Loconte, and the second is Why the Dutch are Different by Ben Coates (being married into a Dutch family, I thought it might be good to know - HA!). Check them out on Amazon, and if you're interested in joining me in a read-together, online book club (of sorts), let me know in the comments or on Facebook.

What are YOU reading?


  1. I just read a Door in the Wall by Marguerite De Angeli. It was on a reading list for my kids' history curriculum. I enjoyed it. Took place in Middle Ages, not a time period I usually read about but each time I do, I really enjoy the book!

    1. Your comment worked, Maya! :) Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I'm doing school, which means I've got to stick mostly with reading old favorites for right now, so it doesn't distract me too much from all the required theology reading. I'm re-reading one of the very few classics I actually enjoy - Jane Eyre. It's been about 15 years since my last time through it, and I've learned so much about personality since then... and it's helping me finally understand why I love it so much (the immense relatability of Jane).

    1. You know, I've read Jane Eyre, but it's definitely NOT a favorite, Elizabeth. Interesting to hear your take on why you like it though (the personality aspect). I might have to try it again for that reason. Happy Reading!

  3. PS. I've had the Hobbit, Wardrobe, Great War on my list for a while, and just haven't had opportunity to get it yet. I look forward to hearing what you think of it!


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