Thursday, May 16, 2013

May Twitterature: The Books on My Nightstand

I'm linking up with Anne at Modern Mrs. Darcy again for this month's Twitterature, where we report what we've been reading--the good, the bad, & the ugly--in short, pithy blurbs replete with hash tags and affiliate links because, well, every little bit helps, right? :)

What I've Read


Hamlet (New Folger Library)

Hamlet, William Shakespeare

"Get thee to a nunnery!" Was Hamlet mad? Grief-stricken? Whatever the case, this classic tragedy is filled with parenting lessons, teenage angst, & humor. #revengeisneversweet

The Hidden Art of Homemaking

The Hidden Art of Homemaking, Edith Schaeffer

My go-to source for inspiration as a SAHM. Tons of ideas on how to make your home a haven and use your God-given talents in the process. #homemakingisanart

Mourn Not Your Dead (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James, #4)

Mourn Not Your Dead, Deborah Crombie

4th in the Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James series. Highly respected major murdered in his home but mourned by none. Appearances aren't always as they seem. #Britishwhodunit #Texan author #beachreading


What I'm Currently Reading

All Shall Be Well, Deborah Crombie

3rd in the series (yes, I'm going backwards). Follows Duncan's investigation of his neighbor's suspicious death.  #veryAgathaChristie #morebeachreading #greatseries

Madame Bovary

Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert

One woman's quest for fulfillment, which continually leads to disappointment. Very evocative, especially for 19th century, pre-Hollywood lit. An easy read for a classic, but a bit disconcerting even in the 21st century. 

The Passionate Mom: Dare to Parent in Today's World

The Passionate Mom: Dare to Parent in Today's World, Susan Merrill

My new favorite mothering book that's really encouraging me to be more intentional with my time and attention to my kids. #passiontakesaction

That's what's been/is occupying my nightstand. What about you? 

Have you been reading any good books that I need to add to my Goodreads shelf? Please leave a comment sharing your suggestions.


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  1. Gertrude very nearly made my list of terrible fictional mothers. I haven't actually read the book since high school, though.

    1. Yeah, Gertrude's pretty raunchy. Hardly forgettable. But I think Polonius takes the award for "Worst Father of the Year" in his spying on his kids and using them for political advancement.

  2. I love, love The Hidden Art of Homemaking. I like to read it once a year. And the Passionate Mother sounds really good. I'm going to add it to my list. =)

    1. Yeah, I really need to just buy The Hidden Art of Homemaking because I check out from the library at least once a year :)

  3. The Passionate Mom sounds very good. Is it applicable to moms with all ages of kids? Mine are 6, 8, and 19.

    1. It is very good and yes it's for moms of all age children including children of adoption. Merrill has five kids, two adopted, and talks about all age ranges.

    2. Thanks, Keri. Definitely sounds like one I'd like, and even NEED to read.

    3. You're welcome. I'm hoping to offer a copy for giveaway soon :)

  4. I'm going to have to check out The Hidden Art of Homemaking. I'm horrible. I'm trying to read Desperate and Give them Grace. I'm in the trenches in this season with littles. But I'm trying to treasure each moment because I know they won't be little forever.

    1. I am in the trenches with littles, too, Whitney. Mine are 4, 2, & 1, so I can relate completely. Last night my oldest had her Pre-K "graduation" and I bawled. They grow up too fast!

      I haven't read Desperate or Give Them Grace, but I've heard great things about both. In fact both are on my list of books to read.

      The Hidden Art of Homemaking is great because it draws on your strengths and passions individually and provides outlet for creativity in the home, so your whole family--even you--profit from your creative expression. It's encouraging, insightful, and rooted in the Word of God. It's definitely worth a read.

      Blessings to you!

  5. Always love these! I am just about done with Passionate Mom myself, truly enjoying it. And in case I haven't said it recently, I'm so glad you are reading the classics, I keep thinking I'll make time for them...

    Thanks again for linking up with Cozy Book Hop!


  6. As another Homeschool Mom who enjoys good books, I appreciate your recommended list. I haven't heard of The Hidden Art of Homemaking before. I will have a look for it. I just finished a book by Catherine Palmer set in Naivasha, Kenya. It may not interest everyone, but I live in Kenya and was really surprised at how accurate the setting was. Just a suggestion for an easy read with an African flair. Happy Reading!

  7. Yes, I just finished The Artist's Daughter, which I will review on my blog tomorrow. I love Edith Schaeffer's The Hidden Art of Homemaking! I read it as a newlywed 10 years ago and it significantly impacted the way I view my job.