Nightstand: June

What's On Your Nightstand @ 5 Minutes for BooksJune is silently slipping away and it is time once more to join in with the ladies at 5 Minutes for Books with yet another monthly Nightstand post. New to this fun meme? Just write a blog post about the books you’ve read recently, are currently reading or plan to read soon – essentially “What books are on your nightstand?” It’s incredibly open ended and a nice chance to talk about books with fellow bloggers, get some recommendations for new things to read and also a fun way to chronicle your reading habits.

Since we last nightstand-ed, I’ve actually only finished one book! Can you believe it? But it was one lengthy yet fantastic book that was well worth the time.
The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

  1. The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman (June Book Club Pick) – finished June 20, 2012 – I really enjoyed this book – more so than I even expected. It was really masterfully written in my opinion, unweaving more of each character’s stories as you read – each character bringing a new dynamic and a new angle to the whole book. I truly just loved it.

Crossed by Ally CondieRight now I’m reading the sequel to Matched by Ally Condie, this one titled Crossed. I’m about 30% through it (I’m on a Kindle kick right now) and enjoying it though I’m still not sure if I’m liking it as much as the first book. It shows a lot of promise and I still find the plot concept to be very interesting. You know I love a good YA dystopian novel!

So what’s slated to be read next? I’m honestly not entirely sure. Summer makes me less willing to make bookish plans and frankly I have sooooooooooo many choices that I’m a tiny bit overwhelmed. I just got a handful of novels by Alice Hoffman from after finishing The Dovekeepers so I’m considering them but also dabbling with sticking to some lighter, quicker reads to breeze through the summer months with. Some Jennifer Weiner perhaps? Or any of the dozens of free books that I’ve downloaded onto my Kindle over the past couple years? The only book that seems certain at the moment is our next book club pick:

The Poisoner's Handbook by Deborah Blum

  • The Poisoner’s Handbook by Deborah Blum: “Deborah Blum, writing with the high style and skill for suspense that is characteristic of the very best mystery fiction, shares the untold story of how poison rocked Jazz Age New York City. In The Poisoner’s HandbookBlum draws from highly original research to track the fascinating, perilous days when a pair of forensic scientists began their trailblazing chemical detective work, fighting to end an era when untraceable poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime.

Apart from that, I’m planning to keep things simple and just read what’s appealing to me.

How about you? What are you reading right now?