What’s On My Nightstand: Current Reads

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I don’t believe I’ve done a post sharing my current reads before, but I love similar posts and hearing what others are reading so I thought I’d give it a try! (That and I’m into some really great books right now and I wanted to share!) 🙂

Bjorn and I like to set aside time before bed each night to read for fun. We are both big into being lifelong learners and we LOVE to read, so it goes without saying that our nightstand stacks of books are pretty high! 🙂 Here’s a peek at what I’ve been enjoying lately (these aren’t affiliate links):

What's on my Nightstand- Current Reads. What are you reading this month? I'm sharing my current reads and book recommendations! - Just Bee Blog

All Creatures Great & Small by James Herriot

This book is an all-time favorite of mine. James Herriot was a British veterinarian and wrote a series of books based on his experiences with animals and their owners. His stories (set in the 1930s-1950s) alternate between totally hilarious and deeply heartwarming. There are a lot of medical and earthy references in his books, as he describes his cases in detail, but the warmth with which he talks about animals and people always makes me want to read more. I am also a huge fan of the author’s imagery and descriptive language – you really do feel like you’ve stepped into the scene he’s describing! I love how each chapter is essentially a story of its own, which allows me to read just one chapter if I don’t have a lot of time.

The Photograph by Beverly Lewis

I really enjoy any books by Beverly Lewis or Wanda Brunstetter. Reading about the Amish, even though it is fiction, brings me back to a simpler time and I really like to soak that in some days.

Feminine Appeal: 7 Virtues of a Godly Wife and Mother by Carolyn Mahaney

A dear friend recommended this book and loaned it to me…and I was instantly drawn to the author’s wisdom, practicality, and touching stories! I found myself wishing I had this book myself so I could underline like crazy all of the quotes that were standing out to me. So I ordered my own copy! I’ve been rereading the book more slowly this time and marking all of my favorite sections. Carolyn has wonderful advice on marriage and how we as wives can ultimately bring God glory by doing this married life thing well and with the right attitude. 🙂 It’s an easy, useful read.

The Shepherd Trilogy by Phillip Keller

This book is a new discovery and I am diving right in! I bought this trilogy specifically to get the first book that’s included, actually – it was just a really good deal. The first book in the series is called A Shepherd Looks at the 23rd Psalm. The idea of hearing a former shepherd analyze this psalm was intriguing – I love praying and reciting the 23rd Psalm and this book sounded like a great way to dig deeper. The author did indeed make a living from looking after sheep for a long time as a young man. Keller writes in moving, academic language, and while that makes it a bit of a slower read, it is chock-full of wisdom and I find I’m underlining his points left and right! I look forward to reading the next two books in his series!

How about you? What have you been reading lately? Do you have any book recommendations to share?



    1. Neat, Cassie! I love finding new books so I’m glad this list inspired you some! I’d love to hear what you think if you end up reading any of these! Thanks for reading along! 🙂

    1. Aww, that is so fun, Audrey! And that was so thoughtful of your mom! James really does describe “vet stuff” in detail, doesn’t he? 🙂 I love the books, though, because of his wit and thoughtfulness, too!

    1. Ah, yes! Haha. They are simple and not much of an academic read, but I love them for that – their simplicity. Sometimes I just need a semi-predictable plot line and a “quiet” story. 🙂 They are so fun to intermix into the other books I like to read! 🙂

    1. Good! I’m glad you liked the recommendation! And yes, Phillip Keller is an awesome author! I look forward to reading more of his work in the future!

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