Tuesday, August 25, 2009

What's On Your Nightstand (August)

The August round-up of one of my favorite monthly memes, What's On Your Nightstand.

The Immortal Fire by Anne Ursu
The Greatest Knight by Elizabeth Chadwick
Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran
Fearless by Max Lucado
Opening Atlantis by Harry Turtledove
Ash by Malinda Lo
Putting the Amazing Back Into Grace by Michael Horton
The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Fancy Pants by Cathy Marie Hake
The Storm in the Barn by Matt Phelan

and my current library loot.

The Immortal Fire by Anne Ursu
Currently a little slow-going. I don't know why the pace of this one reads differently--to me--than the first two in the trilogy.

The Greatest Knight by Elizabeth Chadwick
Started slow, but things are going much better now that I'm almost halfway through with this one.

Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran
I am really enjoying this one now! I had wanted to read Antony and Cleopatra by Shakespeare before tackling this one, which is why it took me so long to get started. And then, just my luck, I happened to catch a little documentary on Cleopatra last night, and that sure was motivation to make this my top priority!

Fearless by Max Lucado
This one is due September 8th.

Opening Atlantis by Harry Turtledove
This is my first experience with Harry Turtledove. And I am LOVING it. Just loving it.

Ash by Malinda Lo
I've stalled halfway through this one, but I want to finish it. So I'll give it another try.

Putting the Amazing Back Into Grace by Michael Horton
I started this one a week or two ago. But I haven't picked it up lately. This is a reread for me--one of my favorites in the Christian nonfiction category.

The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
I wanted to commit to reading this one in August. But I'm only three chapters in. It's a long one too. I do *want* to read it. I just don't know where to find the time.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
I wanted to reread this one so that I could appreciate several other Frankenstein themed stories. (Pride and Prometheus; A Monster's Notes; Mary Shelley & The Curse of Frankenstein).

Fancy Pants by Cathy Marie Hake
I recently have read some other Cathy Marie Hake books, so I'm catching up on the remaining ones in my pile.

The Storm in the Barn by Matt Phelan
This one only arrived yesterday, but I couldn't wait! It's a graphic novel about the Dust Bowl but with some magical/fantasy elements. Very cool.

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Anonymous,  4:46 PM  

I am amazed! I can only read one book at a time (possibly one fiction and one nonfiction, but no more than that). Happy Reading!

Lauren from 5 Minutes for Books

A Buckeye Girl Reads 6:49 PM  

I saw that documentary on Cleopatra-she really was ruthless!

Cindy 7:47 PM  

Becky I am always amazed at people who can read more then one book. I was currently reading two and had to stop because I was getting confused with the storylines LOL.

You are reading some really good books. Can't wait to hear your thougths on them.

Happy reading.

MissDaisyAnne---Annette 8:48 PM  

I have a lot on my night stand also, although I really keep the books I'm currently reading in a blue plastic carrier by my reading chair.
Rose House by Tina Ann Forkner
Spiritual Warfare by Jerry Rankin
Fireflies in December by Jennifer Valent
A Sister's Secret by Wanda E. Brunstetter
Mark of the Cross by Judith Pella
and Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
I also have 4 books to review in the next month.
You Were Born For This by Bruce Wilkinson
The Arms of Immortals by Ginger Garrett
Learn To Study The Bible by Andy Deane
and Trading Fathers by Karen Rabbitt


Ceri 4:43 AM  

I've been hearing good things about Cleopatra's Daughter :-D I still can't wait to see what you think of Frankenstein.

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