On My Nightstand This Month

Reading is something I sneek into my days, after I wake up at 6:30,, coffee in hand, I get back under the covers to read a little bit before the day starts. At lunch time, while eating {I know! I know you are not supposed to do anything but e a t…but there is so little time, and so many great books to read} I’ll read another chapter or so.  On special {and unfortunately much rarer than I would want} days, I will sit in front of the fire in the living room and read some more.  Then, just before bed, again snuggled under the covers, more reading.

Here is this month’s stack on my bedside table, along with a great journal {just in case inspiration strikes in the middle of the night} and my devotional.

1.  Let’s Take the Long Way Home. A “can’t put down” book about women, friendship, joy and mourning.  Laugh, cry….I did it all throughout Gail Caldwell’s stunningly well written book.

2. French Essence. Written a few years ago by my virtual friend Vicki Archer, this truly is a glorious book. It’s a celebration of life in Provence, one of the most charming regions of France. I find that especially during the holidays, Vicki’s gorgeous home in France is an inspiration. A native Australian, who lives part time in England and part time in France, you can read Vicki’s Blog French Essence and fall in love with her as I did years ago!

3. Ina Garten’s Foolproof.

Just bought this for myself {told Mr. FgH I bought it for him to give me at Christmas since technically I’m not allowed to purchase anything for myself at this time of year} I am a huge fan of Ina’s, because I can pull any one of her cookbooks off the shelf in my kitchen and have a guaranteed easy to make and great to eat recipe. I have never been let down by any of her recipes, and this book is filled with great ideas. I am not that great of a cook. Not really. But making any of Ina’s recipes makes me look like I am!

4. I Had A Favorite Dress.

Written by Boni Ashburn, pictures by Julia Denos. I’m adding this book, although I don’t have this, but I want to buy it for my Linden and Liesel. A book that is not only wonderfully illustrated, but I adore the concept of re~using clothing in different ways once it’s become too small. Besides, having kids and grandkids is really just my excuse for buying and reading lots of children’s books! {not that I need one, I have a great little library filled with children’s books}

What are you reading right now?


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  1. Posted December 10, 2012 at 3:12 am | Permalink

    Thank you so much Lidy… How wonderful to be included in such fabulous company…. I am off to order the others… ideal gifts… and looking forward to reading, Let’s Take the Long Way Home…
    Enjoy the rest of your Sunday… xv

  2. Lidy
    Posted December 10, 2012 at 3:41 am | Permalink

    You are so welcome, Vicki! I adore both of your gorgeous books, they have given me so much pleasure over the years.

  3. Sandy
    Posted December 10, 2012 at 4:38 am | Permalink

    Love your list! I would love it if you could share what you are reading every month or so. Thank you.

    Thanks, Sandy. I’ll try to come up with a list every month or so then.

  4. Lucas
    Posted December 10, 2012 at 4:40 am | Permalink

    I love the French Essence book. I remember when you had the author on your blog for an interview. I never bought it, but am off to order a copy now. Thank you for all the work you put into your site and blog, I always enjoy it.

    It was great fun to interview Vicki. You will love this book!

  5. Elsie
    Posted December 10, 2012 at 4:42 am | Permalink

    I love the children’s book, looks like my daughter would love that. With a new baby I don’t have much time for shopping, so the recommendation is great. Ps. I adore the antique chairs we bought from you, just what our contemporary home needed for a special pop.
    Hugs, e.m.

    Hi Elsie! So glad you are loving the chairs, it’s amazing what one or two antiques can do for a contemporary interior, isn’t it? Love that they are already a bit scuffed up so that your five {!!} won’t hurt it’s perfection much, since the chairs already have patina and wear.

  6. Posted December 10, 2012 at 4:49 am | Permalink

    I have both of Vicki’s books and love them so much! Her house is to die for!

    Oh, I so agree, Joni. Her house IS to die for. I hope one day she will do a book about where she lives in England, too. xo

  7. Posted December 10, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    Let’s Take the Long Way Home looks like a lovely read! Thanks for sharing what is currently on your nightstand. I think I need the new Ina cookbook as well. Have a great week!
    Rebecca @ The Key to the Gate

    Thank you, Rebecca! I think you will need the new Ina book, too…it’s great. xo

  8. Donna
    Posted December 20, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    I LOVE INA, so her latest cookbook was a pre-order, everything, and I mean everything, in her books are delicious and relatively easy. My favorites are Lobster Corn Chowder, aww, and Shrimp Scampy (the refreshing one with lots of lemon). I haven’t tried anything in the new book yet, am currently reading it like a book, has lots of post its for recipe tests this winter. I am going to look for “Lets take the long way home”. Getting ready to start Tidewater by Antoinette Stockenberg, I’ve become addicted to her books. I enjoy reading your blog posts very much! Merry Christmas!

  9. Lidy
    Posted December 20, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, Donna for the visit and that you take the time to comments. I’m so happy to add your book recommendation to my reading list…looking forward to reading that. And YES…any Ina recipe is delicious, isn’t it? xo

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