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What’s On Your Nightstand: January 2013

Another year of happy reading!

What I finished reading this month:

  1. #110 The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern This book starts with intriguing mystery, combined with a fascinating world of circus and magic and ends with no definite answer or ending, which is how it gives the illusion of a wonderful novel. But illusion is exactly that; illusion. The writer is very good at playing with words and making them sound delicious, however, which kept me believing that there’s a certain ending I was wishing for. But in the end, I closed the book without knowing what that certain last page would feel like.
  2. #111 Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption by Katie Davis Mommy is a fixer of boo-boos and mender of broken hearts and so is our God except He is a thousand times better plus He is a healer and all-powerful. This book is so powerful, motivating and empowering and changes you to look at life differently. Loved author’s precious heart that loves and obeys God and she is mature and wise beyond her age.
  3. #112 The Wooing of Jane Grey by C.E. Hilbert I was quite bored with this book and I’m glad I’m done. :-(

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What’s On Your Nightstand: November 2012

What I finished reading this month:

  1. #104One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp I picked this book partly because of a review I’ve read and partly because of its pretty book cover. And I’m so glad I did because this book has blessed me so much in so many ways that I can’t even begin to describe. I cried so many times and often I felt God speaking directly to me in such timely manners. At times, He would use the exact words that I was using earlier that day to answer my questions or reassure my thoughts (all through Voskamp book, of course. ^^). I’m still processing this book although I’ve finished reading it a long ago because it contains so many things to think about and ponder. The best thing I got out of this book is the fact that thanksgiving has become a major part of my faith now and I found that it is indeed God’s will for me to do so. ( “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” -1 Thessalonians 5:16-18) Loved this book!
  2. #105 The Power of a Praying Woman by Stormie Omartian This is my third The Power of Praying series book and as usual, Stormie always gives me something to think about and pray about and they are always very timely as well.
  3. #106 I’m Glad You Asked by Ken Boa and Larry Moody I read this book as part of our small group discussion and I enjoyed more than I thought I would. The book covers few hard questions that people ask the most about Christianity and it provides some interesting perspectives as well as few practical ways to answer those questions.
  4. #107 Matched by Ally Condie The Hunger Games meets the Bachelor? :-)
  5. #108 The Bungalow by Sarah Jio This book contained many interesting elements (WWII, Tahiti, murder, love story, etc.) but didn’t leave much room for my imagination. The ending was too predictable and I read it till the end just to finish it, fully knowing how the story is going to end. A bit disappointing since I was looking forward to another book by the author, The Violets of March.
  6. #109 The Girl Giant by Kristen den Hartog I cried and my heart ached for the little “giant” girl. In a way, we all want to be loved by someone no matter how we look and the reality of judgemental nature of human beings saddened me. An interesting book and even more interesting how the author decided to write a book about a giant girl after seeing an old photo of a giant Jewish girl.

What’s On Your Nightstand: July 2012

So I’ve missed past few months’ What’s On Your Nightstand posts and decided that that’s enough! :-)

What I finished reading this month:

  1. #89 Spiritual Common Sense: 77 Guiding Principles for a More Meaningful Life by Bill Halamandaris A friend of mine whom I have much respect for wrote this book and it was very sweet and brought me many good memories.
  2. #90 Being Good to Your Husband on Purpose by Becky Hunter This is a wonderful book written by Becky Hunter, a wife of a pastor. I originally read this book since I was attending her 4 week Bible study on being good to your husband on purpose and though many things in the book are not new to me, it still gave me few new perspectives I didn’t think about before. It really helped me to think myself as a God’s gift to my husband and being good to him on purpose for God.
  3. #91 The Help by Kathryn Stockett  Loved the book and the movie!
  4. #92 Bossypants by Tina Fey I always liked Tina Fey for some reason that I don’t even know. I enjoyed the book and many parts were quite funny, too. However, now that I got to know her a bit better, I know that I don’t agree with many things with her. But she still is funny!
  5. #93 On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep by Garry Ezzo and Robert Bucknam This book came back to me at a very critical time and my life literally had changed and improved! :-) I know this is a bit controversial book (I didn’t know this when I read it for my first child about four years ago but apparently many dislikes this book. I for one, have no problem letting my child cry a bit in the beginning before falling asleep and don’t think that causes a lifetime of trauma or separation anxiety, but that’s just me.) but with any parenting book, you take what works for you and you don’t have to agree or follow everything it says in the book.
  6. #94 On Becoming Babywise: Parenting Your Pre-Toddler 5 to 12 Months by Garry Ezzo and Robert Bucknam I always learn something new from Dr. Ezzo’s book and this was not an exception. I loved the point about ‘not giving a child freedom that you eventually have to take it away’ because that means you have to correct and re-teach the child at later time and who has time for that?! So true!
  7. #95 The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts by Gary Chapman LOVE! Simple as that. It doesn’t matter how many times you read it because you always take away something new.
  8. #96 Please Look After Mother by Kyung-Sook Shin A bit depressing but I can relate many sentiments in this book as a Korean.
  9. #97 Snow Angel by Jamie Carie A good book to pass time…
  10. #98 About that night by Julie James No good.
  11. #99 Sixty Acres and a Bride by Regina Jennings I enjoyed this book a lot. What an interesting way to ‘re-read’ the story of Ruth. *^^*
  12. #100 The Selection by Kiera Cass A combination of the Hunger Game and Bachelor. Enough said. :-)
  13. #101 An Unlikely Suitor by Nancy Moser I noramlly like Nancy Moser’s novels but I was a bit bored by this book.
  14. #102 The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Kalssen I’ve always loved Julie Klassen novels because I always learn something and she does so much research on the vacation of the main character. This one was of course on a housemaid and boy the things I learned! I felt like I was reading Downton Abbey with a twist.
  15. #103 The Dawn of a Dream by Ann Shorey I didn’t enjoy this book. :-( It was  interesting to read about the process of becoming a teacher and how married women could not teach in the 19th century but I found myself being bored by every little details of each class, each semester and back and forth trips home as if I was reading a diary of some sort. Plus, I was a bit frustrated by the main character for she was rather snappy, judgemental, impatient and showed many qualities that I didn’t find admirable.

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What’s On Your Nightstand: January 2012

My last What’s On Your Nightstand post was for the month of August last year and as we all know, another year had begun and January is almost gone already! So what happened you might ask? Well…this (see below photo) happened and I’m so proud! :-) I loved every minute that I spent with her and no regrets on not reading much at all!

My Chloe bear @ 3 months

But now that things have somewhat settled down and the holidays are all over, I’m ready to get back to reading again!

What I finished reading this month:

  1. #86 Little Girls Can Be Mean by Michelle Anthony M.A. Ph.D. and Reyna Lindert Ph.D. Little girls can be mean for sure and this book gave me some insights to “reality.” I’m a bit scared for my girls since times are so different from when I was growing up, especially in another country. But at the same time, I wouldn’t draw too much attention and take things ‘too seriously’ as in this book. After all, kids will be kids and we all turned out to be just fine. :-)
  2. #87 Safe Heaven by Nicholas Sparks This was no Notebook but Nicholas Sparks still the same…
  3. #88 Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin I watched a movie called Something Borrowed that was based on one of Giffin’s novels so I thought I’d read her other novels. But I must say I was not impressed with this one at all since it left me with nothing after I was done reading. I’m not sure about picking up another one of her novels for now….

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Product The Journal of Best Practices

Product How It All Began

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I’m participating in What’s On Your Nightstand , which is a way to connect with other bloggers and share my ”reading list” and reading habits of mine monthly from 5 Minutes for Books.  What’s On Your Nightstand happens on the FOURTH Tuesday of every month.


What’s On Your Nightstand: August 2011

I’m participating in What’s On Your Nightstand , which is a way to connect with other bloggers and share my ”reading list” and reading habits of mine monthly from 5 Minutes for Books.  What’s On Your Nightstand happens on the FOURTH Tuesday of every month.

August has been a lazy month for me in terms of reading but I’ve been very productive on my cross-stitching so no regrets! :-) There are lots of books on my nightstand that I have started (I think about 5 of them!) but haven’t finished so September will be a month of wrapping up all of them while nursing our new-born princess who are soon to arrive in early September!

What I finished reading this month:

  1. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  2. The Last Time I Saw Paris by Lynn Sheene
  3. Made to Crave by Lysa Terkeurst
  4. Bible Basics: Why Trust the Bible by Rose Publishing

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I’m fresh out of ideas…for now… :-) Too occupied with a birth of our No. 2 princess soon!!!


What’s On Your Nightstand: July 2011

I’m participating in What’s On Your Nightstand , which is a way to connect with other bloggers and share my ”reading list” and reading habits of mine monthly from 5 Minutes for Books.  What’s On Your Nightstand happens on the FOURTH Tuesday of every month.

It looks like July was the month of Sarah Addison Allen since 3 out of 5 books I read were written by her. :-) I enjoyed all the easy reading this month, except Cinderella Ate My Daughter, which annoyed me a bit and I look forward to doing some more as I wait for my little princess #2 to arrive soon! I’m hoping to read Francine Rivers’ novels this month starting with A Voice In The Wind, which I heard so much good things about.

What I finished reading this month:

  1. The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen
  2. The Lightkeeper’s Ball by Colleen Coble
  3. Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Peggy Orenstein
  4. The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen
  5. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

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What’s On Your Nightstand: June 2011

I’m participating in What’s On Your Nightstand , which is a way to connect with other bloggers and share my ”reading list” and reading habits of mine monthly from 5 Minutes for Books.  What’s On Your Nightstand happens on the FOURTH Tuesday of every month.

For some reason, I got to read a lot of books this month (for me, reading 8 books a month is like a miracle! *^^*) and I enjoyed all the books with different topics including sex, cooking, parenting, “self-help,” history and Amish lifestyle plus I actually cooked few dishes from The French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook I read! I have still so many books piled in my nightstand that I want to go through and I’m pretty excited about this summer! I recently added a severe back pain to the list of all the issues I’m having with this pregnancy and instead of being down or miserable about it, I decided to take it as an opportunity to read more books! :-)

Plus, The Book Whisperer I read this month really motivated me to build a foundation for my 3 year-old-daughter to be a “reader” and I’ve been having fun creating a reading-friendly environment for her and reading children’s books with her.

What I finished reading this month:

  1. The Waiting by Suzanne Woods Fisher
  2. Intimate Issues: 21 questions Christian women ask about sex by Linda Dillow & Lorraine Pintus
  3. The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller
  4. The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
  5. So Ling Insecurity by Beth Moore
  6. The French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook by Mireille Guiliano
  7. Madame Tussaud: a novel of the French Revolution by Michelle Moran
  8. Have a New Kid by Friday by Dr. Kevin Leman

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Product Cinderella Ate My DaughterProduct The Peach Keeper

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Product The Little Women LettersProduct Safe HavenProduct An Echo in the Darkness


What’s On Your Nightstand: May 2011

I’m participating in What’s On Your Nightstand , which is a way to connect with other bloggers and share my ”reading list” and reading habits of mine monthly from 5 Minutes for Books.  What’s On Your Nightstand happens on the FOURTH Tuesday of every month.

I feel like I have ADD on book reading. I hop from one book to another without finishing the previous one; hence, I have lots of books on my nightstand and only few chapters have been read on most of them. My goal for this month would be to finish all of them that are left unread! My husband often says ‘why can’t you just stop reading the ones you don;t like so much and move one?’ But then again, I have OCD and I HAVE TO finish them! :-( I know….story of my life….never-ending self-torturing. :-)

What I finished reading this month:

  1. Beneath a Marble Sky by John Shors
  2. Writing Jane Austen by Elizabeth Aston
  3. Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart by Beth Pattillo
  4. One Day by David Nicholls
  5. The Waitress by Melissa Nathan

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What’s On Your Nightstand: April 2011

I’m participating in What’s On Your Nightstand , which is a way to connect with other bloggers and share my ”reading list” and reading habits of mine monthly from 5 Minutes for Books.  What’s On Your Nightstand happens on the FOURTH Tuesday of every month.

I just want to say these five words; Not Motivated to Read Whatsoever! :-)

I had a wonderful relaxing month of vacationing at the beach and watching my wonderful hubby and my 3-year-old little angel running around in the sun. Both my loves are quite tanned while I managed to remain “un-tanned” by sitting under the parasol with my uncomfortable baby belly. (I’m only half way through and I have no idea what I’m gonna do with the other half! *^^*)

What I finished reading this month:

  1. Priceless by Tom Davis
  2. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  3. The Girl in the Gatehouse by Julie Klassen

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E-hem. That’s right. I’m in romantic-easy-reading-novel phase right now. :-)


What’s On Your Nightstand: March 2011

I’m participating in What’s On Your Nightstand , which is a way to connect with other bloggers and share my ”reading list” and reading habits of mine monthly from 5 Minutes for Books.  What’s On Your Nightstand happens on the FOURTH Tuesday of every month.

I find that it’s much easier to relax in my couch with a remote control in my hand than actually read a book! :-) At least that’s how I felt in the past few weeks with my morning sickness and painful headaches. But there are so many books that I want to  read and it seems like my headache is finally going away, well, at least for now. So I’m looking forward to a relaxing month of April on a beach with all the books I’ve been meaning to read!

What I finished reading this month:

  1. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
  2. The Top 100 Men of the Bible by Drew Josephs
  3. The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book 1: The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood
  4. My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares 

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