Wednesday, February 09, 2011

books :: the bedside table

I have just noticed that while this stack of books is on the bedside table, there is also a slew of others on the floor and a crate of them in the living room. People, I can't help it. And I will share those books with you later in the week. But for today, I thought I would share my current daily reads.

One Hundred and One Devotions for Homeschool Moms :: My friend, Cindy, recommended this book to me a long time ago and I have been reading through it this school year. It is full of great encouragement, just right for those who homeschool.

Amish Peace :: I saw this book months ago at a local bargain outlet. I was intrigued by it and considered purchasing it, but I wasn't really sure, as I had never heard of the author. Weeks, even a couple of months went by, and I kept thinking of it. I finally went back in the store and after digging for a while, I found it and decided to read a chapter in the store. And, well, now it is on my bedside table. (And would you believe I have seen it in two other stores since then?) I am really enjoying this book. I love to read about the Amish and am intrigued by their simple life. I read a chapter each day (they are only a couple of pages). Each chapter ends with a few questions to get you thinking about simplicity. I love the way it has challenged me during a time in which I have been trying to simplify our lives.

The Girl Who Chased the Moon :: I just realized that the same bargain outlet that led me to the last book, also led me to this book. Sarah Addison Allen also wrote a book called The Sugar Queen and after seeing it at the bargain outlet, I checked it out at our library. It was just the right amount of quirky with some fantasy (not my usual read) and I decided to check out another of her books. So far, this one is proving to be just as interesting. Oh, and apparently the author lives only a hour from me.

The Sacred Echo :: I recently read Scouting the Divine by Margaret Feinberg. I must admit that it was the first non-fiction book that I actually read all the way through to the end. It was such a wonderful read and made me see things in the Bible in a different light. I was very fortunate to win The Sacred Echo through a giveaway on Margaret's site and it is proving to be a great read as well.

I hope that these book posts aren't too boring. I love seeing what other bloggers are reading and I find a lot of great books that way. Oh, and remember when I said that I didn't want to count my collection of vintage books for teenage girls for fear of the number? Well, I counted anyway, and it turns out I have 63. Not the astronomical number I had feared, but they do take up quite a bit of shelf space.

What is on your bedside table right now (or next to your bed)?


Janelle said...

* Tummy Rub, Stretch Mark Butter by Mama Mio (cream, not a book)
* Beauty Secrets of the Bible, by Ginger Garrett (yes, a book)
* Baby Bargains, 8th edition, by Denise & Alan Fields (very cool, but very daunting)
* A bunch of other junk in which you wouldn't be interested!

I love ALL of your posts!!

the fabled needle (jen) said...

the amish have always fascinated me, even when i was a little girl. there is something very alluring about an extremely simple and thoughtful life...when i was a kid one of the things i wanted to be when i grew up was a nun! (and i'm not even catholic.)

right now i'm reading book 2 in the enola holmes series. it's a series for kids (i'm guessing ages 8-14) and i love the series so far. so i have that and some nivea cherry lip balm - none too exciting!

The Corner Girl said...

Right now I'm mostly reading college textbooks because I'm in the middle of a busy semester and working. However, I have found time to read Everyday Italian Cooking by Giada de Laurentiis. It's a great book and I've already tried a few of her recipes and love them!
I can't wait until I get the chance to read other books as well. My bookshelf is getting lonely. :/

Cindy said...

Glad you are liking 101 Devotions. Janelle, I have been washing my face in goat milk and oatmeal since reading that book a few years ago. Now, like Amy, I am reading too many at once: Sacred Echo, One Thousand Gifts, The Country Diary of An Edwardian Lady, How to Think Like a Horse, Embroidery Companion and Little Birds. No wonder it takes me forever to finish a book!

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