Nightstand: January 2012

What's on your nightstand? @ 5 minutes for books Wow, guys, it’s time for my first Nightstand post for 2012! I can’t believe how fast this month is flying by – it feels like the new year just started but in truth January is almost over with February fast approaching. Now it’s time to check in with you about what I’ve been reading and plan to read and such.

New to the What’s On Your Nightstand meme? It’s a fun monthly blog carnival hosted by the awesome ladies at 5 Minutes for Books with a terribly simple and open ended premise. What are you reading? What have you read recently? What are you planning to read next? What books are currently on your nightstand either literally or metaphorically. You could even take a picture of your nightstand for added fun (I used to do this but it just got to be one thing too many)!

So, since I didn’t write a Nightstand post in December and I’m too lazy to dig the archives too deeply, I’ll start with a quick list of the books I’ve read so far this year and then tell you what I’m hoping to read in February, mkay?

So far this year I’ve read:

  1. Anne’s House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery – finished January 4, 2012 – There is nothing like settling down with a book from this series – the comfort of predictable yet truly satisfying story plots and catching up with old favorite characters and delighting in new favorites. These books are a breath of fresh air for me. This is Anne at her best, though we get to see her at her worst, too in this story of Anne and Gilbert’s first years of marriage in their first house. I love that Montgomery fleshes out every character in her stories so that you come to know them all so well.
  2. One for the Money by Janet Evanovich (rereading with my book club) – finished January 14, 2012 – I just re-read this long-time favorite with my book club and was amazed at how much I enjoyed reading it for a second time. I’d been worried that I would know the plot too well and have a hard time reading it again – or that perhaps it wouldn’t seem as good a second time. But I got sucked into the story and characters all over again and found my recollection of the details of the story just hazy enough to thoroughly enjoy it a second time. – see my book review
  3. Dear Pen Pal (Mother Daughter Book Club #3) by Heather Vogel Frederick – finished January 22, 2012 – I always enjoy this series – it’s something I would have read and devoured as a tween and love reading now as a mom. This story follows the girls through their 8th grade year as they read Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster, an author I was unfamiliar with but now I’m anxious to check out (her books are available for free on Kindle!). The girls also get pen pals with some girls in Wyoming who have started a mother-daughter book club also. These books are fun and light hearted, with all the coming of age plot lines you’d expect for a series like this and perhaps some you wouldn’t. I’d strongly recommend the series to anyone.

Right now I’m reading Anne of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery – this book really dives into the world of Anne as a mother with 5 kids which is pretty easy to relate to for me. I’m only 15 pages in but already loving it. When I’m finished I’ll probably set the series aside for awhile but there are two more in the Anne series and I’m also planning to read the Emily books and a few others at some point.

So what’s slated to be read next?

  • These Is My Words by Nancy E. Turner is the book club pick for February so I’ll definitely be reading this. I’ve already got my copy waiting for me but I try to time the reading of book club books just so, so that I don’t finish too soon – that way the plot is still fresh in my mind. So I may not start this until a couple weeks into February. Depending on how long it takes me to read Anne of Ingleside and this book, I may also read…
  • Bossypants by Tina Fey – I got this one for Christmas and I am absolutely itching to dive into it!
  • Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster – this is the book that the girls in the Mother-Daughter Book Club were discussing in Dear Pen Pal and after all the rave reviews, I’m anxious to read it myself. Luckily Webster’s books are available for free on the kindle so I’ve already downloaded them and hope to read them soon.

What are you reading right now?

8 thoughts on “Nightstand: January 2012

  1. Cassandra says:

    Great list! I’ve seen a Japanese anime adaptation of Daddy Longlegs but didn’t know it was originally a book! Thanks for the heads up about the free download. Now I’m going to have to read it. 😉

    Happy reading!

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  2. Nancy says:

    I haven’t read Dear Pen Pal since I hadn’t read Daddy Long Legs, but maybe I’ll read both of them if they’re that good. These Is My Words sounds really good!

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  3. Barbara H. says:

    I love Anne’s House of Dreams. I think it’s my favorite LMM book, maybe vying with Anne of Green Gables.

    I just saw Daddy Long Legs mentioned on another blog. Sounds good!

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  4. planetnomad says:

    I loved the Anne series as a girl and read and re-read them till I could quote them! But somewhere along the way, I lost my old copies. This Christmas, I made a point of making sure my 14 y/o daughter had the complete set–all the way through Rilla of Ingleside. (We’re still missing the odd ones, like Chronicles of Avonlea). We both love Emily best though.
    I haven’t read the other ones you mention, but they sound really good! I’m going to look for them.

    elizabeth
    5 Minutes for Books

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  5. Lisa notes says:

    I’m not in a book club right now and I miss it.

    I never finished all the Anne series…maybe one day I’ll get around to that.

    You have a great list. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Carrie, Reading to Know says:

    =D Well, I’m glad you are enjoying Anne, of course. I think perhaps it’s the comforting predictability of Montgomery’s writing style which makes me like reading her works, especially in the month of January. It’s nice to enter a new year with something of an old friend to ease you into things in a predictable and calm manner.

    Still haven’t read The Mother-Daughter Bookclub but as much as Jennifer @ Snapshot has raved about them in the past, I’m sure I will!

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  7. Mama Bear says:

    These is my Words is on my list as well for later in the year….Thanks for the recommendation of the ebook. My granddaughter (10) just got her Kindle and this might be something she would like.
    Mama Bear

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