Belated Nightstand Books: July 2017

Well, it’s not the first Wednesday of the month… and we’re over halfway through July (WHAT?) but here we are with another round of “What’s on YOUR Nightstand?”

Nightstand Books

I hadn’t done a nightstand books back at the beginning of July because I really didn’t have anything new to show you! What with spending most of my spare time editing Minstrel’s Call and doing all the behind-the-scenes prep for the Silmarillion Awards, I haven’t had a ton of time for reading. This means that I am still working my way through The Aeronaut’s Windlass from back in May… I renewed it from the library TWICE and maxed out my ability to renew the book and had to take it back. Thankfully, I have an amazing husband who went to the bookstore over his lunch break and bought me my very own copy! (Young ladies, take note… jewelry is nice, but a man who will take time out of his day to go get you the book you are bummed about having to put down… #dreamy)

I have had a couple of nights at the pool watching our girls take swim lessons and have gotten a bit more time to read lately, which means two things. 1) Sadly, I am nearing the end of the book I am currently reading. 2) I can start thinking about new books to read!

So, here’s what is in my near future. From the bottom up:

How to Study Your Bible for Kids by Kay Arthur & Janna Arndt – this is something I’m going through with Leiana and Nathalie this summer. It’s a really neat way to introduce your kiddos to the concept of inductive Bible study. It frames everything in “detective lingo” and has fun things like crossword puzzles and fill-in-the-blanks and word searches to make it more kid-friendly. So far, we are enjoying it.

Alora: The Wander Jewel by Tamie Dearen – this was the Fellowship of Fantasy’s June book club book. I have… fallen behind a bit on the book club readings. But that doesn’t mean I won’t catch up at some point!

When Hope Springs New by Janette Oke – I started re-reading the Canadian West series last year and realized the other day that I hadn’t finished it. So this is a re-read, but I enjoy Janette Oke.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer – With the characters from the Lunar Chronicles making a solid appearance in the Silmarillion Awards two years running… I figured it was high time I started reading them to see what all the fuss is about. Haven’t started it yet, but am expecting to enjoy this series.

More Stories from Grandma’s Attic by Arleta Richardson – the book I’m currently reading out loud to the kids through the summer.

The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket – Derek is currently reading through the Series of Unfortunate Events to the kids in the evenings. I’ve read them before, but it’s fun listening to them again.

Not pictured, because I couldn’t find it, Nathalie and I are reading a book she won at the library in their summer reading program called Wildborn: Spirit Animals book 1 by Brandon Mull. I was a bit leery about it at first, but two chapters in and it seems like a pretty fun fantasy. We shall see how it continues.

And that’s about it for reading plans for the near future.

I hope you’ve been enjoying the Silmarillion Award Presentations! So far we’ve been entertained at this year’s Wisest Councillor and Least Competent Henchman presentations. Today we will get to attend the ceremony for Most Silver-Tongued Bard… which is one where I am really hoping for a certain outcome. Though Kiernan Kane didn’t make it into the top five this year, there is a certain bard I am very much hoping rises to glory and receives a Silmaril of his very own this year, because he greatly deserves it. Also, this is my favorite category… as bard-characters are rather near and dear to my heart. THE LINK IS NOW LIVE!

Have you been enjoying the Silmarillion Awards? Have you been pleased with the winners? Surprised? Which award presentation are you most looking forward to? Don’t forget, the fun doesn’t end on July 28th… we are having a celebration of LOTR’s 63rd birthday on the 29th and you are welcome to participate with a blog post of your own celebrating Tolkien or Lord of the Rings. We will also be announcing the winner of the One Grand Prize to Rule Them All giveaway on that day!

And what’s on YOUR nightstand, dear Reader?

~ jenelle


DJ Edwardson

Yes, I think I will have to bow to the will of the people myself and check out Cinder at some point in the future, though I’m not personally all that big on fairy tale retellings, with all due respect to Mrs. Stengl. (Your story was the exception to the rule, however, for I very much enjoyed it, they’re just not something I usually get very excited about on my own. Call me an Originalist, I suppose).

And as much as I love Narnia, I’m thrilled that so far we’ve had winners from three different books and none of them written by our dearly beloved Jack. Last year’s awards felt a little too much like the Narnian Awards. It’s nice to see a little variety. Though the awards aren’t over yet! And the Narnian team made the top five in several of the remaining categories so we shall see…


Anne Elisabeth doesn’t actually do very many retellings… her latest book was a retelling of the 12 Dancing Princesses… but her Tales of Goldstone Wood are all original. They do have a fairy-tale FEEL… so definitely in the fantasy/fairy-tale genre. Each of hers is better than the last, and can generally be read out of order (Veiled Rose and Moonblood go together) but other than that… they’re pretty stand-alone-y.

DJ Edwardson

Oh, right. I was actually just referencing her role as editor of the different “five” retellings anthologies. :)

Deborah O'Carroll

Yay, nightstand! :D Mine was later in the month too, and I’ve been too busy with Camp NaNo and life to read as much as I’d like… *cough* Cinder (as well as Wingfeather) has moved up on my read-soon stack, though review books are taking precedence… Now I need to read Inkheart too! :O And I’m behind on the bookclub as well — haven’t had time to read for that lately, but I’ll jump back in if one catches my eye. :D I read a Brandon Mull book once and enjoyed it okay. :) Happy reading! (Amidst SilmAwards and EDITING! *heart eyes* Hope that’s going well!)


Inkheart was good…. though that is a rare instance of “I liked the movie better” so… you know. The book just kind of felt really slow for some reason. I liked the sequel better. Haven’t gotten around to the final book in the trilogy yet.

Happy reading to you, too! Editing is going well… just slowly. Summer sort of exploded all over the place on me.

Madeline J. Rose

*silently flails because you’re going to read Cinder* GAH I HOPE YOU LIKE IT! :D It’s one of my favorite series of all time! I mean, no hard feelings if you don’t like it, but, I have a feeling you will. ;)

Savannah Grace

You’re reading The Lunar Chronicles! Yay! That series is one of my favorites <3

I've got too many books on my "nightstand" to count – I recently bought … well, too many books to fit on my BOOKSHELVES, much less my nightstand! Let's hope I can find room for them all xD.

Happy reading, Jenelle!


Yup! I meant to last year after all the hubbub in the SilmAwards… but never got around to it. This year reminded me about them, so I went straight to the library and picked up the first book!

Yes… the ever-near-drowning-beneath-books fate of the voracious reader… I know it well.

Thanks! I haven’t watched your book-haul vlog, but I intend to… as I would like to see all the books you got!

Abbey Stellingwerff

I think it’s great that there are books out there teaching kids how to study the Bible in a fun way!

You’ll have to tell us how you like Cinder! I’m so curious to hear what you think of it.

Isn’t Brandon Mull the guy who wrote the Fablehaven series? Have you ever read that one? I’ve seen it at many a thrift store and garage sale. It looks whimsical and fun.


I have not read Fablehaven, either… but I have seen them around, and you’re right, they always do look whimsical and fun. Yes, apparently that is the same author. Who knew? So far, Wild Born is pretty fun. It’s definitely meant for a younger audience, but I’m enjoying reading it to my five-year old. I may have to see if the library has Fablehaven, now that I know it’s by the same author….


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