Tuesday, August 24, 2010

What's On My Nightstand - September

What's On Your Nightstand I am very excited to be reading again. I read few books this summer and nothing that was challenging. This fall, just in time for back to school, I am challenging myself to learn something. I have some thoughts on educating myself, what excites me about learning, and my goals for education. All will be posted another day.

For today, here's what is on my nighstand, er, coffee table.

It's a huge pile of books and there is no way I will complete them all before they are due back at the library. Some of them are my husband's books and others are reference material. For instance, I borrowed a chronological study Bible just to see what it's like. At first glance, I love it. If I still like it after reading a bit, I'm going to purchase one.

Top priority books:
Lies Women Believe and the Truth That Sets Them Free - I've seen this one highly recommended around the blogsphere and thought it was worth checking out.
The Jesus You Can't Ignore: What You Must Learn from the Bold Confrontations of Christ - I received this as a review copy and need to finish reading it this weekend.
Love & Respect - Another book that was highly recommended to me. So far I keep saying "yes, yes, I do that." But I'm almost half way through the book and I want to know what I'm supposed to do about it. More later.
The Well-Educated Mind - I've actually finished reading this book but I marked a few spots where I need to go back and take notes. I need to finish up quickly, as it's a very popular book at my library and I'm sure I won't be able to renew it.
Canterbury Tales - My husband keeps challenging me to read a classic, so I asked him to pick one out for me. I've never read Chaucer, so I'll be interested to see how I do with this massive piece of literature.

What are you reading this month?


Anonymous said...


Wow! You sure have much reading to look forward too! I have a "pile" like that too, although it's on one of the bookshelves in our "library room."

I love reading, but I read too slow. Therefore, it seems to take me forever to finish anything.

BTW, I read, "The Canterbury Tales" a few years ago From what I remember about it, it's an interesting and delightful little tale. :)

-Lady Rose

P.S. I know that I still owe you an email. I have not forgotten.

Cassandra said...

Lady Rose, I love to read. I actually read too fast and thus don't retain much. I have to consciously slow myself down as I'm reading so that I can remember something about what I read.

Thanks for the encouragement about Canterbury Tales! I'm nervous about starting it.

I look forward to receiving your email, whenever you write it! I forgot to ask for your address as well, so if you think of it... :)

Lauren said...

What a pile! I read the Canterbury Tales in high school and had to memorize a portion of it in Old English. I don't remember much except for a character named the Wife of Bath!

morninglight mama said...

The cool thing about The Canterbury Tales is that it's essentially a bunch of short stories, so you can read some of them and still get a taste!
-Dawn, 5minutesforbooks.com

bekahcubed said...

You're right--you do have quite a list today. I love The Well-Educated Mind (even if I've never followed it to the letter). And I've heard very good things of Love and Respect from married friends. It looks like you're in for a good deal of fun reading!

(By the way, thanks for the tip about Bethany's books to bloggers program--I signed up last night and can't wait to start!)

Missie said...

Canterbury Tales! Awesome read!

Cassandra said...

Ooh, lots of endorsements for Canterbury Tales. I really look forward to reading it.

D and A said...

ummmm, Are you me? I always hgave a huge list going too (or that I want to have going) AND when we lived in the states, I often checked things out from the library before I purchased them too.

Amy @ Missional Mama

Cassandra said...

Amy, it's nice to find other people who appreciate a huge pile of books. Do you have a large to-read list? I keep mine as a wish list on Amazon and I have almost 300 titles listed. When I'm making my list of books to check out at the library, I peruse my to-read list and pick out interests me that day.

Ann@His Grace To Me said...

Canterbury Tales, that takes me back 20 years to my college English classes!

Please share more about what non-fiction you are reading. You have inspired me to read more and I'd like to get a "to read" list started. I'm looking for ideas.