Nightstand: July

What's on Your Nightstand @ 5 Minutes for Books When we last “nightstanded” I was in the middle of reading The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer. Another month has come and gone and it’s time for another What’s On Your Nightstand? post – which is a blogging carnival hosted by 5 Minutes For Books. The premise is fairly simple – write a post about what books you’ve read, are reading, or hope to read next. So in the past month I’ve read:

  1. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer – Finished June 24, 2010 – I have loved every book by Stephenie Meyer I’ve read and this was no exception. My only complaint was that it was SUCH a short read, but still oh so enjoyable. She really makes you feel for the newborn vamps which seems surprising at first but not so much by the end.
  2. Eating for Beginners by Melanie Rehak – Finished July 12, 2010 – This book reads like a good friend sharing her experiences and giving all the best information she can in the most accessible way. I love how expertly Rehak combines her parental anecdotes  with tales of restaurant and farm life – with some fun recipes and silliness thrown in! It had me laughing on a nightly basis, drooling over delicious descriptions of food, ear marking recipes and quoting passages out loud to my husband constantly! I am not exaggerating when I say it was one of the best books I’ve read this year and maybe ever – I want to share this book with everyone I know! – full review

I also started to read Cold Rock River by J. L. Miles but abandoned it within a few chapters. I’d been looking forward to reading this for a local book club I’m planning to join but there is some subject matter in the first couple of chapters that I just couldn’t deal with. I found myself avoiding the book because the topic was just too painful for me. I’m not going into details because I don’t want to “spoil” anything but it was just too heavy for me.

Right now I’m reading American on Purpose by Craig Ferguson. It’s a memoir that chronicles his childhood in Scotland, his experience with alcoholism and drug abuse, failed marriages and relationships as well as his entertainment career – I’m about halfway through the book so far  and I’m liking it a lot. Anyone else a fan of his late night talk show? Anyway, when I finish this book, I plan to read:

  • Peony in Love by Lisa See which I just picked up at the library today in a moment of weakness
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding which I keep thinking about reading and then forgetting about, but I moved it to my literal nightstand the other day to motivate me to try it. There are so many classic books out there that a lot of us read as kids or teens that for whatever reason, I haven’t gotten to yet. My husband insists that I read this one soon.

What are you reading right now?


  1. Thanks for stoppig by my blog. I know what you mean about the classics. I have been a reader since I learned how to read but have never read many of the classics. Maybe I will challenge myself to read some of them in the next year.


  2. I read the Short Second Life of Bree Tanner a few weeks ago – just before I saw the new movie. I read Lord of the Flies as a child – in school it was an assignment. I wonder if I would feel differently about it now. 🙂


  3. I also think that Eating for Beginners sounds great! I love your review. Honestly I can read about any topic in a memoir or nonfiction book if it’s well-written, and especially if it’s a little funny!

    I read Lord of the Flies a month or so ago. It was pretty good. Be sure to link it up to Classics Bookclub, which means that you have until the end of August to get it read! A deadline. Deadlines are good.


  4. Ooo-Eating for Beginners sounds like fun. I’m a big fan of memoirs, and I’ve been enjoying the literary conversation regarding local foods. I might have to check this one out!


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