The Night Stand

What’s on my night stand? (Or my audible player?):


The Brutal Telling

by Louise PennyThe Brutal Telling by Louise Penny

I am absolutely loving the Inspector Gamache series, but I am trying to make it last all fall and at least up to the holidays. (Props to me if I can make it last all winter!) The Brutal Telling is the fifth in the Gamache series and at this point I love that I am getting to know all of the characters, including the best character of all — the town of Three Pines itself — a little more with each story. They are believable, enjoyable, engrossing mysteries. But it’s about so much more than murder, it’s about humans and emotions and real life. Penny’s writing has caused me to pause and think about my own life in new ways.



by R.J. PalacioWonder by RJ Palacio

Wonder was a book club pick and I doubt I would have picked it up otherwise. But this well written middle grade novel is so worth the read! About a boy with a facial disfigurement starting middle school, I think there are aspects of Auggie’s life that we can all identify with. Making new friends, feeling out of place or self-conscious, finding our way, figuring out where we fit, learning who our true friends are — these are things we all must go through! I would HIGHLY recommend this for middle schoolers, and really for any reader interested in how kiddos tick.




Another Day Another Dali

by Sandra OrchardAnother Day Another Dali by Sandra Orchard

Watch for a full review coming soon! Another Day Another Dali actually surprised me. Yes, it was fairly formulaic and pretty simple plot-wise, but it left me wanting to know more about Serena’s life, and maybe even be friends with her myself. It’s pretty fluffy, but given the chance, I’d pick up another Sandra Orchard novel to spend a few hours in Serena’s world.





Minimalist Parenting

by Christine Koh and Asha DornfestMinimalist Parenting by Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest

I’m listening to this one on audio, and I have to admit, I’m not convinced yet. I heard about Minimalist Parenting from a conversation had on Tsh Oxenreider’s podcast, The Simple Show, episode 42. It piqued my interest when her co-host mentioned learning about the concept of a person’s “golden hours” (most productive time) and how to spend it after reading this book. However, I haven’t heard anything very eye-opening yet. And I’m not sure if it’s just be the narrator’s voice or the writing itself that feels patronizing…




The Snow Child

by Eowyn IveyMinimalist Parenting by Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest

This is another audio book I’m listening too on my way home from work or when I take Fi for a walk. It has taken me some time to get into, but I eventually became engaged in the story. That said, I’m not rushing back to it at every chance, and just yesterday I realized that while I’m not quite half way through, not much has actually happened yet! I’m sticking with it though. There is something very fairy tale-like in the telling of this childless couple happening upon a young girl in the deep woods of the Alaskan wilderness and slowly discovering who she is — and who they are.




The Quotidian Mysteries

by Kathleen NorrisThe Quotidian Mysteries by Kathleen Norris

I heard about The Quotidian Mysteries often enough from Modern Mrs. Darcy that I had to check it out for myself. I ordered the slim copy from Amazon and immediately began devouring it. The book all about daily ritual, liturgy, worship and laundry so fits into my life right now. I had to slow myself down so I wouldn’t miss out on the richness of it. Armed with a highlighter, I felt like this book spoke to something inside of me. I plan to let it settle for a while, and then read it again, perhaps in the depth of winter. Yes, I think this will be a good winter read.




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2 thoughts on “The Night Stand

  • October 24, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    I think I read The Quotidian Mysteries too quickly in my frenzy of trying to read a lot of books, so I didn’t get way too much out of it… Or it could be that Tsh Oxenreider and Anne Bogel have both raved about it so much on their podcasts that I had really high expectations and it didnt quite reach them… Either way, I want to give her another chance with The Cloister Walk soon.

    I LOVED Wonder! Such a sweet book and so well written!

    Here are my september reads:

    • October 24, 2016 at 4:23 pm

      Hi Elena,
      I can completely see where you’re coming from, it took a lot of raving about The Quotidian Mysteries for me to pick it up! Admittedly, there were a few places where I felt the text wander from the central themes, but other areas were so dense with insight that it made up for it as far as I’m concerned! I’d love to try The Cloister Walk as well.

      And I’m so glad Wonder was a book club selection, because I’m not sure I would have ever picked it up without that nudge and then I would have missed out!

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