Nightstand: November 2012

What's On Your Nightstand @ 5 Minutes for BooksCan you believe November is almost over? I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving weekend filled with lots of good food and good books! I am nearly finished reading The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner which my book club will be discussing in November, the last book club pick for 2012 since we take December off each year.

This past month I managed to read three books:

  1. The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang (October Book Club Pick) – Finished October 23, 2012 – I really loved this book – I knew next to nothing about the Hmong people and their struggles and found this book to be an excellent way of learning about them. Yang’s writing is vibrant and compelling, her story and the story of her ancestors was fascinating. There were a few moments in this book that just struck me as odd, but on the whole I really enjoyed it. Yet another example of a book I might never have read if not for my book club, that I’m really really glad I got the chance to read.
  2. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams - finished October 28, 2012 - I definitely liked the book, but I’m not sure I loved it as much as I was expecting to – I had a hard time settling into the story if that makes any sense. Maybe because of the constant changing of topic and the many, many made up words. Which I understand the reason for, I just personally struggled with it. I definitely plan to keep reading the series though and I definitely found it really funny.
  3. How To Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran – Finished November 6, 2012 - This book had a lot of Laugh of Loud moments and a truly insightful look into the world of women, feminism and life. There were also a lot of uncomfortable, pervy, crass moments. Caitlin Moran tells it like it is and has nothing to hide – so brace yourself. But on the whole, I did really enjoy this book and would recommend it with caution to anyone who is or will be a woman.

Once I’ve finished reading my book club pick I will have read 7 out of 10 books for my Fall into Reading Challenge. With less than one month to go, will I be able to finish 3 more books before Winter starts? I hope so!

The books I am planning to finish out the challenge with are three of the following:

Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment by Deepak Chopra

The Story Sisters by Alice Hoffman

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

If You Were Here by Jen Lancaster

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8 thoughts on “Nightstand: November 2012

  1. Isn’t it amazing how much we can learn about a people by reading a single book? I love how stories convey so much.

    I’ll add “How to Be a Woman” to my list…noting your cautions. Thanks!

    I have four more books to go on my fall reading list. And two are long. Sigh. Hopefully I can make it; giving it a good try anyway. Enjoy your reading!

  2. I loved “The Story Sisters.” Honestly, all of Alice Hoffman’s books run together a bit after a while, but I remember really enjoying that one. I just finished “The Book Thief,” and am now going for something a bit more lighthearted: I’m re-reading the “Tales of the City” series by Armistead Maupin. I love it!!

  3. Carrie, Reading to Know says:

    I hear the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy DOESN’T really make sense. Only a few have muddled through and liked it. ;) I haven’t tried. Nor will I probably do so. But I’ve developed a certain respect for those who do. So – congratulations to you! :D

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