On My Nightstand (and in my purse, and on the table…)

I’m a feast or famine kind of girl when it comes to reading.  Seems like I’m either in binge mode, staying up far past my bedtime with an un-put-down-able something or other, or I’m not reading much of anything (except those books I read aloud to my kids).

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This year I decided to change all that by putting myself on a bit of a reading plan.  I say ‘a bit of a reading plan’ because I follow it somewhat loosely.  If, say, I come across a book at the library that looks especially interesting, and it’s not on the plan, I end up grabbing it anyway.  Still, having the plan in place means that I’m never looking for a new book.  It saves me time and means that I’m reading more consistently than I have in the past.

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Historically I’ve read one book at a time because I don’t enjoy having myriad plots and premises floating around in my head.  But this year, for one reason or another, I’ve broken my own rule and am currently working through several books at once.

They are:

Age of Opportunity, by Paul David Tripp (non-fiction, on parenting teens)

New Collected Poems, by Wendell Berry (with the kids)

Cousin Betty, by Honore de Balzac (on my own)

The First 50 Pages, by Jeff Gerke (writing craft book, on my own)

Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo (with the kids)

Long Day’s Journey Into Night, by Eugene O’Neill (play, on my own)

What about you?  Do you read as the mood strikes, or do you have a list you’re working through?  Do you have any good book recommendations?  Feel free to share them in the comments.

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9 thoughts on “On My Nightstand (and in my purse, and on the table…)

  1. I’m almost always reading one non-fiction and one fiction. Which I choose in the moment depends on my mood and which one is closer at hand.
    I would like to read your review of Tripp’s book when you’ve finished. (Maybe post it on here?) It’s on my stack, but I haven’t picked it up yet.

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  2. I am feast or famine as well. I am in famine right now. In fact I have been for a long time. Happens to me when I go through a series of excellent books. I am still mourning the fact that I have already read Le Guin’s, Lavinia.

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  3. In THEORY I enjoy reading one book at a time, but it does happen that I am engaged with a few at a time. One might be a novel and then the others may be non-fiction, educational theory, parenting, history, Bible-related, etc. And of course the kids and I always have one book going. It looks you have delved into some good quality ones now.

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  4. Les Mes ….UGH. So beautiful (minus some of the war chapters which I could have done without). Also a huge Berry fan, and I love that you’re reading those with your littles!

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    • Yep. Wendell Berry’s newest collection of poems is truly beautiful. The kids (13, 12, and 11) don’t fully understand all of them, but they often get the feeling he wants to convey. Les Mis is great, of course, but it’s the book that never ends. 🙂

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