October Nightstand Books 2017

A little late in the day for a post… but since it IS the first Wednesday of the month, I figured I’d go ahead and publish this now. Why? Because, as everyone knows, the first Wednesday of the month is NIGHTSTAND BOOKS DAY!

And I have a whole new shiny stack o’ books for the nighstand this month! It is so exciting, those fresh covers, those unread pages, the adventures that await within each tome… so let’s see where my bookish journeys will take me this month… shall we?



From top to bottom:

Write 5,000 Words in an Hour by Chris Fox – I’m not usually super excited about non-fiction, but this book was recommended to me by Anne Elisabeth Stengl, who has been using the tips and tricks in the book to increase her writing speed and ability to put out more drafts faster (three books in three months… which was impressive enough that I had to grab a copy and see what the secret was!) I have only read the first chapter so far, and have begun participating in some group “writing sprints” and have already seen a major difference in my ability to write faster… and it does not appear to be causing any great loss in quality, either, which was my fear.

In these “word wars” I have managed to increase my productivity and even broke 1,000 words in half an hour last time I participated. And I am pretty happy with the way the words turned out in the short story I was writing. I have also seen myself able to write faster when I am not trying to sprint, and able to focus for longer periods of time on my editing and the rewrites I have been working on with Minstrel’s Call. And that’s all after just one chapter in this book! I am excited to read and learn more!

Don’t Make Me Count to Three by Rachel Hubbard - This is the book study that my Tuesday Morning Moms group is going through this semester. I have read it before, but it’s nice to go through it again.

Beyond the Gathering Storm by Janette Oke - I don’t think I have read the last two books in the Canadian West series before, so I am looking forward to seeing where the story goes.

Fairest by Marissa Meyer - Technically this is book 3.5 in the Lunar Chronicles, but I am reading it after reading the original quadrilogy because I was worried there would be spoilers. I am glad I am reading it now instead of between Cress and Winter. However, even knowing how Winter ends, I am feeling jumpy for everyone in this book and worried that they aren’t gonna make it.

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer - This is a compilation of short stories that take place in the world of the Lunar Chronicles and…. that’s all I know so far. I’m just happy to spend a few more happy hours in that realm. When I’m done with the entire series, I will do a spoiler-free series review, I promise! I’m jotting notes as I read each of the books.

The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens- Leiana has listened to this book in audio format a few times, and I’ve heard snippets here and there. She is convinced I would enjoy it, and went out of her way to find the “book” version in the library for me. She’s such a sweetheart.


The Beast of Talesend by Kyle Robert Shultz - This is the October book for the Fellowship of Fantasy club and I am excited for the additional impetus to get a copy and read it… I have been wanting to since Deborah first reviewed it, and even moreso since Kyle kindly stepped in and helped out with the Silmarillion Awards and I find that I enjoy his blog/writing style quite a lot.


Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt - This is the read-aloud we are currently going through for school. It’s a classic that I’ve heard a lot about, but I’ve never read it before, so that’s fun. It is set against the backdrop of the Civil War, which is the time period we are also studying in History class.

Beauty by Robin McKinley – Leiana won a copy of this at the library over the summer during the reading program and wants it to be the next book I read out loud to them now that we’ve finished Jim Elliot and Wild Born.

So, that’s my line-up for October. What are YOU reading these days?

~ jenelle


Deborah O'Carroll

Yay! Nightstand books! :D

Huh. I heard about that writing book from Kyle Shultz (he said he can ALREADY write like 5K in an hour and I’m like O________O). I usually write 1K per hour, but I did manage, last NaNo one time, to write 900 words in 20 minutes using the magic of the NaNo wordsprint timer, verrry fast music, and scrivener. I was in shock. XD Wish I could do it all the time. :P That’s fantastic you’ve seen some results! I’m now quite curious about this book!

*pets shiny Lunar books* Still want to read ‘em. XD

Ooh, I have The Emerald Atlas but haven’t read it! Now I’m curious what you’ll think! :D

YESSSSSS, THE BEAST OF TALESEND!!! It’s just so fun and I love Kyle’s funny style too! :) I haven’t decided if I’ll find the time to reread it (again) this month but I’d like to if I can. :D

I need to read McKinley’s “Beauty” too… I’ve heard good things. (Hey, look, two Beauty-and-the-Beast-esque stories right there!)

I just started re-reading Pride and Prejudice for a readalong, and have some review books still… I’ll be posting my nightstand books post tomorrow morning! :)

Enjoyed this! Thanks for sharing and I hope you enjoy all the books! ^_^


I am usually fairly skeptical about books like this… but so far, I have been impressed.

They are SOOOOOO GOOOOD! You would like them, I think. :nods:

I am curious, too!

I am so happy that Kyle’s book is the book of the month!

You haven’t read… :mic drop: seriously? It is one of my all-time favorites. I think it’s the first retelling of any fairy tale I ever read.

A Pride and Prejudice read-along sounds like fun! Now I want to go watch one of the movies again….

:) I’m glad!! Can’t wait to see all the books on your nightstand tomorrow!


She has another B&B retelling called Rose Daughter… I’m honestly not sure which I like better. Spindle Cursed is her Sleeping Beauty retelling and it’s good as well. McKinley’s writing does have a flaw though. Whenever she gets to the “EPIC CLIMACTIC HERE IS HOW THE CURSE WILL BE BROKEN” moment… she gets… vague. I don’t know what it is about those parts, but at some point, I always get extremely confused and have no idea what is going on. Even on re-reads. Even knowing how it all ends… the story loses me for a couple of paragraphs-or-pages and then I get past that point and manage to become immersed in the story again… but it may be that that is just me. I have not heard anyone else ever complain about that. LOL

Deborah O'Carroll

Interesting! The end of Fire and Hemlock does that to me. XD And I actually own Spindle Cursed! Just need to read it. XD I think Rose Daughter’s at the library too… I should check…

DJ Edwardson

Hmm…that word sprint book. May have to give it a try. If I can every get out of eternal editing mode. There is light at the end of the tunnel, though. Wait, what? Oh no, is that a…fire?! Agh! run for your lives!!! (pretty much sums up my emotional state the last few weeks).


I hear ya. I feel like I’ve been editing MC forEVER. It’s only been since June…. I keep repeating that to myself, but it doesn’t help that June keeps getting farther and farther away in the rearview mirror…


Looks like you have lots of great books to read! I hope your daughter enjoys Beauty. It’s so good!

I just started “The Spinner and the Slipper” by Camryn Lockheart and it’s interesting so far. On one hand the MC is experiencing a very typical Cinderella story, but then there’s the addition of an invisible green-eyed man who’s watching over her… *wiggles eyebrows mysteriously*

And next time I have to ride in the car I’ll be starting The Beast of Talesend on audio. Deborah’s review hooked me, too. ;)


The girls seem to be enjoying it so far. The writing is a bit above their level, but not so much that they aren’t able to understand what’s going on.

The Spinner and the Slipper is one I’ve been eyeing for a while!


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