Nightstand: February

What's on your nightstand @ 5 minutes for books It’s time for another installment of What’s On Your Nightstand, a monthly blog carnival hosted by the lovely ladies at 5 minutes for books. Time to answer the burning questions:

“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.”

Books Read This Month

When we last nightstanded, I was reading Anne of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery which is all about Anne’s life as a mother. Although I missed having Anne as the central character, it was fun getting to read about the antics of each of her children and also read about Anne’s thoughts of motherhood and marriage, something I could obviously relate to. We’ve now come full circle and though I plan to continue reading her other books, I was also ready to put them down for awhile and focus on other books.

I also read These Is My Words by Nancy E. Turner, which my book club discussed last week. I really loved this book. Though it was a bit slow to get into initially (mainly due to the dialect and the main character’s poor grammar early on), this story really sucked me in. One part Oregon Trail meets the Arizona Territories, one part epic love story that rivals Scarlett and Rhett, one part coming of age story that follows our main character from a young, naive girl of 17 to an experienced mother and housewife approaching her thirties. – see my book review

Currently Reading

Right now I’m reading And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, a spur of the moment choice that’s been sitting on my bookshelf for awhile. To be honest I was just looking for something short but it is also considered a classic which didn’t hurt. I am enjoying this murder mystery though at times it’s a bit much. One of the characters in particular recalls a past event that is quite heartbreaking to read about. But it’s a very short story and I’m already nearly done after having really just started it a couple of days ago – and I have to say I’ve found the writing excellent and the story fascinating.

Coming Soon

So the only book that I can say for certainty I’ll be reading next is our March bookclub pick, My New American Life by Francine Prose. Here’s a brief description from goodreads:

“Set in the aftermath of 9/11, “My New American Life” offers a vivid, darkly humorous, bitingly real portrait of a particular moment in history, when a nation’s dreams and ideals gave way to a culture of cynicism, lies, and fear. Beneath its high comic surface, the novel is a more serious consideration of immigration, of what it was like to live through the Bush-Cheney years, and of what it means to be an American.”

If I have time I’m also hoping to read Pies & Prejudice, the next in the mother daughter book club series by Heather Vogel Frederick that I’ve become a bit addicted to!

So what are you reading right now?

8 Comments

  1. I used to read a bit of Agatha Christie. I probably should pick up “And Then There Were None” (although it sounds vaguely familiar…maybe I already read it?). I have Pies & Prejudice on my TBR list too.

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  2. I’m going to have to check out These Is My Words for sure. I thought the Mother-Daughter book club books started out good but I didn’t like the last one I read so much (Much Ado About Anne, I think), I think I read them too much from an adult perspective.

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  3. I read “My New American Life” last year–it was one of the first I read when I started at 5 Minutes for Books. It’s really funny, darkly-comic, and I liked it quite a bit! Let me know what you think.

    elizabeth
    5MFB

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  4. Hi Jen, thanks for visiting and giving me some good input! I do want to read The Help for sure and the Pies and Prejudice in your current post sounds cute. I miss my days of reading with my daughter. Although we read “together” now, it is different than when she was younger (she is 11). It means laying on the bed or couch each engrossed in our own books. The last time we read together (we used to read aloud, cuddle etc. ) was the Lauren St.John series following The White Giraffe. I loved those (That was 3rd and 4th grade). However, she did insist I read The Hunger Games and I think that was some of the best reading for me ever. That might be a revealing fact about me…ie. perhaps I should read more YA!

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