Nightstand: July

Can you believe it’s already time for another Nightstand update? It feels like the summer is flying by and unfortunately my reading has been at a bit of a standstill.

I’d like to report that since last month I’ve ready a boat load of books but the truth is, I’ve only managed to read Second Wind by Cami Ostman (read my review here), the book I was reading last month, and 400 out of 600 pages of the book club pick for July, The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall.

The Lonely Polygamist is one of those books that I never would have picked up on my own. Sometimes that’s a good thing and I end up reading some thing amazing like Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Unfortunately this time it means reading a book that barely appeals to me that’s also really long. Yet somehow I’ve felt compelled to keep reading it because it manages to be just interesting / intriguing enough and has miraculously one character in the book that I kinda like and hope things work out for. I wish said character were narrating the book and not just getting bits and pieces here and there (though she is being mentioned a lot more towards the end of the book). The majority of the book is told from the POV of the husband and one of his (many) sons. Both guys are very strange, kinda pervy dudes with a whole lot of baggage. And while it’s somewhat interesting, I spend most of the book wishing they would edit themselves a bit, but no – you read every dirty thought that passes their mind, which is most of their thoughts. Really, how am I still reading this book?

So what will I be reading next?

Well our book club pick for July is another lengthy one, Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese is also around 600 pages. Luckily it also looks interesting:

“Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother’s death in childbirth and their father’s disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics—their passion for the same woman—that will tear them apart and force Marion, fresh out of medical school, to flee his homeland. He makes his way to America, finding refuge in his work as an intern at an underfunded, overcrowded New York City hospital. When the past catches up to him—nearly destroying him—Marion must entrust his life to the two men he thought he trusted least in the world: the surgeon father who abandoned him and the brother who betrayed him.”

Afterwards or possibly just before I plan to read The Princess Bride by William Goldman which I just downloaded on my kindle. I’m figuring it will count towards my Classics Self Challenge and I’ve heard it’s really terrific.

A few other books that keep giving me sad puppy eyes, begging me to read them:

What are you reading right now?

4 thoughts on “Nightstand: July

  1. I think you’ll enjoy Cutting for Stone, it made for a great discussion in my library book club earlier this year. It is another long one but the story is gripping. I’ve been wanting to read The Princess Bride for a long time!

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