Nightstand: February

What's On Your Nightstand @ 5 Minutes for BooksIt’s time once again, bloggy friends, for my monthly Nightstand post, part of a book blogging carnival hosted by 5 Minutes for Books. ‘

Since we last nightstanded together I’ve read the following books:

  1. Deep Down True by Juliette Fay Finished January 31, 2011 – I really enjoyed this book. Despite a lot of content that I can’t personally relate to, the characters and plot were so well written and realistic that I found I could relate to them anyway. I really liked the idea of Dana, the main character learning to be LESS nice. I know a few doormats like myself, who could sometimes stand to learn that lesson. This is a book that will make you laugh and cry and root for a happy ending. – full review
  2. Saltwater Taffy by Eric Delabarre Finished February 7, 2011 – I have mixed feelings on this book and cannot decide if the problem lies with the book or with the fact that I’m not exactly it’s target audience. Told from the POV of a 13 year old boy in the 70′s who embarks on a treasure hunt with 5 of his friends, this book is littered with life lessons and a whole lot of baseball! Having never been a 13 year old boy and having no interest in baseball, it was often hard to relate to and I found the characters more annoying than likable – but again this could have more to do with my demographic than the book. (full review coming soon)
  3. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire Finished February 16, 2011 – I enjoyed reading this imaginative interpretation of Cinderella. Maguire’s writing style is gritty, descriptive without being flowery. His story is somewhat dark in some regards, but humorous and enjoyable to read. I did not love this book. The writing style is unique but verges on tedious. The story was interesting though and overall I liked it. – full review

Friendship Bread by Darien GeeRight now I’m reading Friendship Bread by Darien Gee, which I’m enjoying though the subject matter is a good bit more serious than I’d bargained for as one of the characters is struggling  with the death of a child – I know, not the lightest of topics for an overly paranoid mommy.

But there are several characters that the book revolves around and each are well written, fully fleshed out and the story is enjoyable – and frankly now that I’ve read this far, I think for my sanity, I’ll need to read it through to it’s “happy ending” so I can sleep again at night!

When I finish Friendship Bread I plan to read:

    1. Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen which I started this month but had to temporarily put down so I could focus on some review books. I adore Anna Godbersen though and I’m very anxious to get back to this book which takes place in the roaring 20’s!
    2. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon – my bookclub’s pick for March, a historical fiction, mystery book which looks very interesting.
    3. Some classic work of literature for my Classics Challenge – any suggestions? What was your favorite ‘classic’ read?

      What are you reading right now?

      11 thoughts on “Nightstand: February

      1. Looks like some great stuff here. I really enjoyed Shelter Me, so am very interested in Deep Down True, and Friendship Bread looks good as well. I have been reading a lot of fairy-tale based stuff lately, so the Cinderella spinoff sounds interesting!

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      2. I liked Deep Down True — I like what you say about it has you “rooting for a happy ending.” You’re right. Very sweet, very deep, very true characters.

        I read Maguire’s Wicked and really didn’t care for it at all. I’ve wondered about some of his others.

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      3. I think I read Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister years ago, I didn’t love it but I didn’t hate it either. Bright Young Things sounds really good, can’t wait to hear what you think of it!

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      4. Oh my poor TBR–it’s growing way to fast. The two most recent additions? Deep Down True and Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, thanks to your reviews.

        As for favorite classics? I’m a big fan of Austen, particularly Pride and Prejudice. The House of Seven Gables is another one I really enjoyed. Or if you’re willing to do children’s classics, there’s always A Little Princess or Anne of Green Gables or The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

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      5. I echo Lauren off-topic! My son has blue eyes but your daughter’s eyes are stunning!!!

        I too have been curious about Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister.

        All of the cover art on the books you’ve listed here strike me as being intriguing for one reason or another. Particularly Saltwater Taffy.

        Enjoy your reading!

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