What I’m Reading {Feburary Twitterature}

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Thanks to my “books to read in 2014-ish” Pinterest board, the last month was full of purposefully chosen reads. With Hubs back in classes, I’ve been spending many evenings by the fire with Dorothy Sayers,  Agatha Christie, and more recently, J.K. Rowling.

I’m pretty sure my life is the better for it.

My latest reading epiphany is that unless the subject matter is completely gripping, I should read non-fiction during the day (when I’m at my sharpest) and save fiction for evenings (when I’m completely exhausted).

I’ve tabled so many headier non-fiction books because I tried to start them at 9pm. On the other hand, a novel feels much better to unwind with at the end of a long day.

So my new routine is a bit of Zinsser at Mommy-break time and fiction after the babies are in bed.  Unless I’m reading Harry Potter, apparently.  Then it’s all Hogwarts, all the time.

February Reading

miss marple

Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories by Agatha Christie

I  read Christie’s Poirot books in high school, but it’s been that long since I’ve picked up any of her work. A elderly resident of a sleepy English town with a Holmes-like knack for solving mysteries, Miss Marple is endearing, witty, and wise.

As lover of all things British (even if I’m romanticizing it all), I so enjoyed the settings and vernacular.  And the task-y part of me liked being able to finish a story in one sitting. Just sayin.

whose body

Whose Body? by Dorothy Sayers

I first heard of Dorothy Sayers via a favorite C.S. Lewis biography. A friend of the Inklings, Sayers has been on my list of authors to read for years.

I enjoyed her first Lord Peter Wimsey novel and as it was set in 1920s Britain, it felt like a mix of Downton Abbey and Sherlock Holmes. And, like Christie’s works, it’s the kind of mystery an HSP like me can stomach: suspenseful and engaging without anything too graphic.

Seasons of a Mother's Heart

Seasons of a Mother’s Heart by Sally Clarkson

Sally Clarkson is my favorite “mom-book” author; she’s abundantly full of grace but challenges me like crazy. However, this book fell kind of flat for me.

Maybe is was because I had such high expectations after loving The Mission of Motherhood. Or maybe it was her tone regarding homeschooling (likely the route we’ll go with Bun, but I usually cringe when it seems to be advocated for in terms of right/wrong).

In any case, it wasn’t my fav. (But seriously, check out Mission of Motherhood).

harry potter book one

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone/ Harry Pottery and the Prisoner of Azkaban

After finishing my 31 Days series in October, I took a blogging hiatus and commenced a Harry Pottery movie marathon to decompress.

Which reminded me of how highly friends have recommended the books (this book in particular changed my impression of the series). So I finally added them to my list of to-reads.

So far they have not disappointed. I flew through book one and skipped to book three because The Chamber of Secrets wasn’t available at the library. I loved the setting, characters, and relationships. And the pace of the plots is enough to keep me reading later at night than I should.

What have you been reading this month? And, check out the other lovely readers over at the Twitterature link-up!

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Jenn is the mommy of two small children + one obese cat and wife to The Hubs. She enjoys making pretty things out of random bits, filling her home with guests, and elevenses. She is not afraid to lead a one-woman crusade against the rampant misuse of the apostrophe.

  • http://justoneoftheboys.com/ Ginger L

    What a great list of reviews! The only one that I have read is Harry Potter, I made it through book 3, but haven’t read any others just yet. I’ll be adding the other books you recommend to my GoodReads list for sure! This is my first month to link up with Twitterature – what a fun blog hop! Loved discovering your site. :) Have a great February!

    • http://www.asimplehaven.com/ Jenn at a Simple Haven

      Thanks for stopping by, Ginger! I’m such a fan of Twitterature–it’s my favorite link-up :).

  • http://www.mommablogsalot.com/ Jennifer E

    Your idea to read non-fiction during the day and fiction at night is BRILLIANT though it seems my “during the day” reading time is very limited and easy to just push aside in favor of getting other stuff done. I keep wanting to read more Agatha Christie, that seems like a great collection to start with!

    • http://www.asimplehaven.com/ Jenn at a Simple Haven

      I do think that collection is a good place to start! It was a bit long and since they were short stories, I was tempted to abandon it before I finished, but in the end I just couldn’t! I enjoyed them too much :)

  • Brenda Venable

    Glad you hooked up w/ H.Potter, such good writing from J. K. Rowling. If you want to borrow any of the movies let me know, we have then all…… really!

    • http://www.asimplehaven.com/ Jenn at a Simple Haven

      Thanks, Mom! :)

  • Jeannie

    I just loved the Harry Potter books; they got more complex and fascinating and gripping (and LONG) with each book. The final book is WONDERFUL.

    • http://www.asimplehaven.com/ Jenn at a Simple Haven

      I noticed the lengths increased, too; I could hardly believe how thick some of them were (for kids’ lit anyway)! :) I’m so enjoying them, Jeannie.

  • Anne Bogel

    I’ve never read anything by Agatha Christie (I will! but not yet) but I love Dorothy Sayers. Glad to hear you’re giving her a try!

    And your new routine sounds delightful. Hope it continues to work for you.

    • http://www.asimplehaven.com/ Jenn at a Simple Haven

      Do you have a favorite Dorothy Sayers? I’m curious about Lord Peter’s love life after seeing him on your favorite fictional couples list. :)

  • http://daysliketheseblog.com/ Allie @ Days Like These

    I like your fiction/non-fiction strategy ;) I’ve been wanting to check out Sally Clarkson books, she just sounds very wise!

    • http://www.asimplehaven.com/ Jenn at a Simple Haven

      Oh, she is, Allie! She’s just great. I went to one of her Mom Heart conferences last year and was so encouraged and refreshed.

  • A Place to Reside

    I’m really enjoying that Agatha Christie collection right now, and Dorothy Sayers is next up to bat. :)

    • http://www.asimplehaven.com/ Jenn at a Simple Haven

      Hope you enjoy! :)

  • http://www.thisvintagemoment.com/ Breanne @ This Vintage Moment

    Yay for Miss Marple!! And I’ve never read any of Dorothy Sayers, but the fact that she was a friend of Tolkien and Lewis makes me want to read her very much.
    I love your strategy for reading, I’ve taken a cue from you and use quiet time as reading time for me. I don’t try to get any computer stuff done, just a few chapters in a non-fiction book. I feel smarter and refreshed to take on the rest of the day. =)

    P.S. You had never read HP before?! So glad you are rectifying this now. ;-)

    • http://www.asimplehaven.com/ Jenn at a Simple Haven

      I totally picked up Miss Marple because of you mentioning it :).

      I know–I can’t believe I’ve never picked up HP either. One reason was that it just seemed so daunting to start a seven book series in this season of life. Little did I know how quickly I’d go through them :).

  • http://www.hearthandhomefront.blogspot.com/ Moira @ Hearth and Homefront

    Christie and Sayers are two of my all time favorites! I love how prolific they were…I feel like I’m always stumbling on “new” books by them that I somehow missed before. I really love your idea of nonfiction during the day and fiction at night. I tend to abandon nonfiction because I’m just too exhausted at night to get through it so I’m going to have to give this a try!

    • http://www.asimplehaven.com/ Jenn at a Simple Haven

      I know, it’s crazy how much they each wrote! I read that outside of the Bible (and maybe Shakespeare? I could be making that up :)), Christie’s sold more copies of her books that any other author.
      Do you have a favorite Sayers book?

  • Teresa Fouts

    I also like your plan of reading nonfiction during the day and fiction at night. Great strategy to get more nonfiction read. I would agree with you on liking Mission of Motherhood better than Seasons of a Mother’s Heart. She has great moms conferences if you ever have a chance to go to one. They are biased toward homeschool but I have had friends who don’t homeschool that have come away refreshed and renewed.

    • http://www.asimplehaven.com/ Jenn at a Simple Haven

      Yeah, I think I just had such high expectations for Seasons. But since I’ve read so much of her other stuff, maybe it was all just really familiar to me at this point.

      I went to a Mom Heart conference last year and just loved it :).

  • Christy

    I LOVE HARRY POTTER! (and have since I read books 1-3 the summer after my freshman year at Miami). I know you have already done it… but bad Jen! No more skipping! You’ll regret it later. She INTRICATELY brings together obscure details in earlier books into important plot twists in later books. If you skip you’ll miss all the fun of the surprises and figuring it out or “holy cow!” moments that I found so fun in reading harry.. But either way, love you are reading HP and glad it is bringing you as much joy as it does me and Hannah! :)

    • http://www.asimplehaven.com/ Jenn at a Simple Haven

      Point taken, friend :). I promised to read in order from now on. Will it pain you to know that I watched the TV series 24 in the following order: 7, 6, 5, 2, 3, 4, 1? ;)

      • Christy

        Yes. You mad woman. :) Lol. I am more accepting of tv shows being out of order than books though. :)