Nightstand: April 2012

April is quickly drawing to a close and it’s time for another What’s On Your Nightstand update. Along with the lovely ladies at 5 Minutes for Books, I’m telling you all about the books that are being read, were read recently and slated to be read next.

Since we last met, I’ve read two great celebrity memoirs / books by two very funny ladies…

  1. Bossypants by Tina Fey – finished March 27, 2012 – I really enjoyed this book. I had been excited to read it since it came out, but I have to say it even exceeded my expectations. Fey is a terrifically funny writer and she includes stories about so many different aspects of her life from her time writing for SNL to going through puberty or planning her daughter’s Peter Pan birthday party. I got so much out of this book and constantly wanted to quote bits out loud to my husband but after awhile I stopped because I noticed I was practically just reading the book out loud to him and he’s perfectly capable of reading it himself when I’m done!
  2. Seriously… I’m Kidding by Ellen Degeneres – Finished April 8, 2012 – I really enjoyed this – it was very funny. Probably her best book to date. Not really a memoir – like her other books, it’s more of a collection of skits, but it does read a bit more memoiry than other books and I loved reading it.

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCannRight now I’m 200 pages into Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann which my book club will be discussing tomorrow – which means I’m seriously running behind! Here’s a description from Amazon.com“In the dawning light of a late-summer morning, the people of lower Manhattan stand hushed, staring up in disbelief at the Twin Towers. It is August 1974, and a mysterious tightrope walker is running, dancing, leaping between the towers, suspended a quarter mile above the ground. In the streets below, a slew of ordinary lives become extraordinary in bestselling novelist Colum McCann’s stunningly intricate portrait of a city and its people.”

Slated to read next:

Matched by Allie Condie (May Book Club Pick) – This was the book chosen in March when I hosted and thus got to select three books to vote from. Very excited to finally read this: “Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate… until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. The Society tells her it’s a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she’s destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can’t stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society’s infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde –  I adore Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next series and have been waiting to read this for awhile. I have only been putting it off because I know his books tend to be quite dense and take awhile and lately my book club books have been similarly dense, so I’ve been filling in with lighter fluffier stuff. “Part social satire, part romance, part revolutionary thriller, Shades of Grey tells of a battle against overwhelming odds. In a society where the ability to see the higher end of the color spectrum denotes a better social standing, Eddie Russet belongs to the low-level House of Red and can see his own color—but no other. The sky, the grass, and everything in between are all just shades of grey, and must be colorized by artificial means.

Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich – I need to catch up on the Plum books! I love these fun mystery books all about bounty hunter Stephanie Plum: “Trenton, New Jersey, bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has inherited a “lucky” bottle from her Uncle Pip. Problem is, Uncle Pip didn’t specify if the bottle brought good luck or bad luck…

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson just showed up on my door step and though it’s not an original pick for my Spring Reading Thing, I may have a hard time not reading it in the next month. I may read this over Shades of Grey or perhaps just in addition to. “When Jenny Lawson (aka The Bloggess) was little, all she ever wanted was to fit in. That dream was cut short by her fantastically unbalanced father (a professional taxidermist who created dead-animal hand puppets) and a childhood of wearing winter shoes made out of used bread sacks. It did, however, open up an opportunity for Lawson to find the humor in the strange shame spiral that is her life, and we are all the better for it. Lawson’s long-suffering husband and sweet daughter are the perfect comedic foils to her absurdities, and help her to uncover the surprising discovery that the most terribly human moments-the ones we want to pretend never happened-are the very same moments that make us the people we are today.

What are you reading?

10 thoughts on “Nightstand: April 2012

  1. I like both Tina Fey and Ellen DeGeneres, but haven’t read anything by either one. My dd, also a fan of both, may end up reading one or the other of these, and maybe I’ll get a look that way. 🙂

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  2. I LOVED Bossypants! Tina Fey has this knack for putting her own little spin on the must mundane topic, and suddenly it’s hilarious! I drove my husband crazy reading sections of that book aloud 🙂

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  3. Oh I must admit being jealous of your list! I REALLY want to read Bossypants. Also “Let the Great World Spin.” I like Jasper Fforde but hadn’t heard of this new one (Have you also read his Fairy Tale series? V funny) And I’m reading “Let’s Pretend this never happened” too, and chortling out loud with it!

    elizabeth
    5 minutes for books

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  4. The Eyre Affair was my first Jasper Fforde book and I really fell in love with the series and his writing style after settling into it. It’s a LOT of book in that there are so many little layers and intricacies to keep track of, but it’s amazing and so worth the read.

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  5. I like Ellen DeGeneres, I really should read her book.
    Let’ s Pretend this Never Happened sounds intriguing – I hope you like it.
    Shades of Grey sounds good too.
    You have an interesting list. Have fun reading, it looks like you will.

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