The Nightstand

Now that the business if moving is behind us and we are enjoying a gorgeous week of weather for spring break, I am just itching to do some reading. But, alas, finding the time has been the issue of late! However, that doesn't mean that I don't have a to-read list percolating. :)

On my want-to read list right now is:
:: The Strong Willed Child by Dobson (A-hem.)
:: One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp - it's taking me way to long to finish this and not because it's not excellent!
:: The Moffats by Eleanor Estes - want to preread this for girls.
:: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan - I recently finished the Percy Jackson series and am still on the fence on these books. There's no denying that they are hard to put down but at what age would I let a child read it. (Probably not as early as a lot of kids do read them). I think these could be a fun addition to a study on Greek mythology for a middle schooler if discussed.
:: The Mysterious Benedict Society - I am leaning towards reading the first book in this series with N1 this summer. I can buy the whole series on my Kindle right now for only $9.99 which is a killer deal since I only have the first book. It's calling to me. :)

Well, that's enough to keep me busy for a while now if I can find me a chunk of time to read! Any recommendations that I should add to my list?

Linked up to Five Minutes for Books monthly Nightstand carnival!


  1. $9.99 for the whole set?! You almost make me want to buy a Kindle!

    "You Can't Make Me: But I can be persuaded" Cynthia Tobias Ulrich. I read Dobson but he's always too academic for me. I need someone to tell me what to do when my 2 yr old is screaming to go outside with everyone else but insisting on wearing slippers (in 45* with lots of mud) instead of shoes. Ulrich is more practical. Although I don't agree with her on everything. ;) She also writes from the perspective of a strong-willed child all grown up AND a mom of a strong-willed childed. As a strong-willed person, I learned a lot about ME from reading this book! :)

  2. The Mysterious Benedict Society has been sitting ignored on my shelves. Soon.... I hope.

  3. Anonymous3:35 PM

    My 3 DEVOURED the Percy Jackson books--however, they were all middle school when doing so. They did make a fun addition to Latin and Greek studies at school. I read them myself and enjoyed them, but I agree that 10-11 and up would be a good age.
    And 1000 Gifts is best as a slow read, I think. I'm in the middle of it myself but am in no hurry.

    Elizabeth from

  4. I have a copy of One Thousand Gifts headed my way. (I'd kinda like to read the title while everyone else is reading/talking about it.) We'll see.

    Wow! Good price for MBS!

    LOVED the Moffats!

    And I picked up a copy of Percy Jackson which was at a vacation rental we stayed at last year. I made it one chapter in (I wasn't trying very hard - we were with friends) but I wasn't drawn in. I'll be curious for your thoughts.

  5. Anonymous6:28 AM

    My girls (all middle school age) LOVE LOVE LOVE Rick Riorden! AND you hit the nail on the head, they may know more about mythology and those basics of lit now than I do (and as an english major with Lit emphasis in my former life that is saying something) I truly can't speak highly enough for using those books as teaching tools. The Red pyramid series handles the Egyptian mythology and Lost Hero begins with Roman gods.

    My girls also ALL LOVE Mysterious Benedict Society. I think Olivia has read them all twice. Just thought you might want to hear from another girl momma.

  6. Sounds like a great list! Happy April reading!


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