Nightstand: May 2012

How is it possible that May is nearly over with June and the summer months just around the corner? I’m not sure if summer will mean more or less reading time for me, but I’m hoping there will be time in my future to lay on the beach with a good book or maybe sit in the backyard to read while the kids play? With a glass of lemonade perhaps? For now, let’s think about what those books might be as I join in with the ladies at 5 Minutes for Books with yet another monthly Nightstand post.

Since we last met, I’ve read three more books from my Spring Reading Thing challenge, two book club picks and one just for me:

  1. Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann (April Book Club Pick) – Finished April 26, 2012 – There were some things I really liked about this book – the writing itself was beautiful and very well done, but the format of the book, which has a different narrator for each chapter, kept me from loving it. There were parts of the story that I would have loved to have read more about and other parts that I felt were verging on pointless that never connected back to anything – those chapters could have been used to lengthen and develop the major stories. I’m sure this was the author’s intention but that doesn’t mean I have to like it! – full review –
  2. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson – Finished May 8, 2012 – I loved this book even more than I was expecting to (picture me three weeks ago hassling the mail man and my husband about why the book wasn’t here yet already minus the hassling the mail man part because I only did that in my head). This memoir is not only laugh out loud (seriously) hysterical in a way that had me shaking the bed at night while my husband was trying to sleep and occasionally wanting to wake him up on purpose so I could read sections outloud… it was also insightful and touching in all the ways that Jenny’s blog posts often are. If you are a fan of her book or even if you’re not… read this. But be forewarned, there will be a lot of dead animals. – full review –
  3. Matched by Allie Condie (May Book Club Pick) – finished May 21, 2012 – I’m a fan of a good dystopian YA novel and this book definitely fit the bill. A compelling love story, a fascinating futuristic society that will make you think, a cast of well written characters that all get more interesting as the story progresses. I’m looking forward to reading book two! – full review –

Last night I started reading Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich – It’s time to catch up on the world of Stephanie Plum! 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…

Afterwards, to be honest I’m not sure what I’m going to read but some contenders include:

The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman – okay I know I’ll be reading this one, for our book club in June. I bought the kindle edition of this historical fiction novel which has gotten a lot of high praise. “In 70 CE, nine hundred Jews held out for months against armies of Romans on a mountain in the Judean desert, Masada. According to the ancient historian Josephus, two women and five children survived. Based on this tragic historical event, Hoffman weaves a spellbinding tale of four extraordinary, bold, resourceful, and sensuous women, each of whom has come to Masada by a different path.”

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. It’s the last book from my Spring Reading Thing challenge so if I don’t read it in time for the challenge, I’d still like to read it soon. “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.

Crossed by Allie Condie – the next book in the Matched trilogy, it’s only a matter of time before I break down and devour this book which I’ve already purchased for my kindle, knowing full well that I will want to read it as soon as possible.

After that, I’m not sure… I do have several books that I’m considering but I need to weed through the piles and decide which ones I’m most excited about.

What are you reading?

10 thoughts on “Nightstand: May 2012

  1. You paint a lovely picture of your summer reading time! Sounds like some great titles! Hope you have a great summer reading!

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  2. Dovekeepers was hands down my favorite book from last year. Matched was good too but I didn’t feel compelled to continue with the series. Love the Stephanie Plum books. I went to college in a suburb of Trenton so all those places are familiar to me. The books are perfect for the summer.

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  3. Sipping lemonade while reading in the backyard sounds divine!! Hope you find the time to do that soon!
    The Dovekeepers sounds like a book I would enjoy since Historical Fiction is on genre I tend to lean more towards! 🙂

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  4. I’d never heard of Jenny Lawson, but I read your review and am convinced that I must read Let’s Pretend This Never Happened! It sounds great!

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  5. Big Fforde fan here as well, but I know what you mean about needing to focus! Matched sounds intriguing as well – thanks for the great reviews. 🙂

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