Nightstand: July

What's On Your Nightstand @ 5 Minutes for BooksI feel like I literally just wrote up my What’s On Your Nightstand post (a fun bloggy meme hosted by the ladies at 5 Minutes for Books that is pretty self explanatory) for June, but nope, it really has been another month – another busy month with a lot of travel and much less blogging than usual. May the following month bring less travel, less appliances dying and more reading AND blogging. This is my wish.

Anyhow, I know I’m like three days late and several dollars short, but I don’t want to miss out on a chance to tell you about all the books I haven’t been reading, SO…

Since we last talked nightstandy stuff I’ve finished two books and naughtily abandoned one:

  1. Crossed (Matched Book 2) by Ally Condie – finished July 3, 2012 – I don’t know that I enjoyed this quite as much as the first book – the love story started to get a little bit much, very “swoony” – but the overall plot of the story continues to intrigue me and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens in book three.
  2. Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher – Finished July 16, 2012 – I really enjoyed this memoir. Carrie is terrifically funny and i learned a lot about her reading this book. a short, fun read.

I didn’t finish The Poisoner’s Handbook by Deborah Blum, our July book club pick mostly because of being on vacation and not doing much of any reading due to staying out late every night and spending time with family and friends instead of reading – I know, who does that? While I found this book to be well written and interesting, the subject matter was a little much for me. When I didn’t finish it in time for the meeting and then heard lots of spoilers at said meeting (all dealing with death of one person or another because well it’s a book about poison), I lost interest and decided to read something lighter instead. Like about surrogate pregnancies and all the shenanigans that can be involved in such arrangements!

Then Came You by Jennifer WeinerRight now I’m reading Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner, whom I puffy hearts adore. Goodreads says about this novel, “The lives of four very different women intertwine in unexpected ways in this new novel by bestselling author Jennifer Weiner (In Her Shoes; Best Friends Forever). Each woman has a problem: Princeton senior Jules Wildgren needs money to help her dad cure his addiction; Pennsylvania housewife Annie Barrow is gasping to stay financially afloat; India Bishop yearns to have a child, an urge that her stepdaughter Bettina can only regard with deeply skepticism until she finds herself in a most unexpected situation. Interlocking dramas designed to ensnare; bound to be a bestseller.” I’m about 5 or 6 chapters in and already hooked.

Next month our book club will be discussing The Princess Bride by William Goldman which I read last summer so I’ll need to brush up on that in addition to likely reading some of the following books:

  • Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment by Deepak Chopra – I just bought this on Amazon and I’m looking forward to reading it soon, possibly alongside my husband. We’re both very interested in Buddhism and have taken up the habit of occasionally reading various spiritual / religious books together and then discussing them. I thought this would be a good one to read together soon.
  • Glamorous Illusions by Lisa T. Bergren – I downloaded this onto my kindle a few months ago and have been meaning to read it. Description from Amazon “When Cora Kensington learns she is the illegitimate daughter of a copper king, her life changes forever. Even as she explores Europe with her new family, she discovers that the most valuable journey is within. The first book in the Grand Tour series takes you from the farms of Montana through England and France on an adventure of forgiveness, spiritual awakening, and self-discovery.”

Or something else entirely. I’m planning to try and read some of the books that have been taking up precious space on my bookshelves, and likely some of the lighter books because that feels appropriate for the summer. I’m not feeling the need to commit too closely to a reading schedule right now, preferring to see where the remaining summer months take me.

How about you? What are you reading right now?