Nightstand: August

What's On Your Nightstand @ 5 Minutes for BooksI appear to be a day late and a dollar short, but better late than never – before I forget, let’s talk about What’s On Your Nightstand or rather, my nightstand.

Confused – this is a fun bloggy meme hosted by the ladies at 5 Minutes for Books that is pretty self explanatory – blog about what you are reading, read recently or plan to read soon – the books that might make up the contents of your nightstand!

Since we last talked nightstand stuff I’ve finished two books per usual really:

  1. Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner – Finished August 8, 2012 – Like most of Jennifer Weiner’s books, this novel managed to tell a lot of different stories about a lot of different things that all tie back to each other in a messy but fantastic package. By having four characters telling their sides to an interlacing story, you really get a full picture of this slightly atypical story of becoming a parent. I also liked that the story felt very realistic even when unexpected things are happening. Her characters were very fleshed out making all of them easy to relate to even if at first you felt like you wouldn’t like them at all. I wasn’t entirely thrilled with the ending, which felt a bit too rushed and then neatly packed back up but on the whole this was a great story and definitely not your typical chick lit novel! – full review
  2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – Finished August 25, 2012 – Every now and then a book comes along that is so perfect, it kind of ruins all other books for you once you’ve finished it. I have a feeling this will be one of those books for me. I thoroughly adored this book, lingering over the beautiful writing and falling in love with the story. I didn’t want it to end. – full review

Fool by Christopher MooreRight now I’m reading Fool by Christopher Moore but frankly unsure if I’ll finish it. The first two chapters were, um, gross. And by gross I mean crude. And a bit raunchy. And by a bit, I mean, luckily there were a lot of words I didn’t entirely understand. But somewhere in chapter three a plot started to emerge and Moore seems to have at least temporarily let his characters take a break from shagging and such and moved on. I am grateful but skeptical that it will last long. But also oddly curious about the emerging plot which is apparently all based off of Shakespeare’s King Lear, told from the fool’s perspective, obvy. I actually haven’t read King Lear and I’m guessing the book would be funnier if I had. But the chapters I read last night were FAR better than the previous so I’m going to stick with it if only out of remembrance of Lamb, another Moore book which I absolutely adored.

Books I have slated to read soon include:

Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout by Lauren Redniss – which my book club will be discussing in late September and is also the UW Big Read this year. “This highly visual book depicts the Curies discovery of radioactive power. Through her writing, Redniss, captures the complexity of the intersections between science, history, and biography. The images of the book were developed using a technique called “Cyanotype.”” I’m not sure how I feel about the coffee table book qualities of this book but I’m hoping that either way it will mean I’ll be able to flip through it somewhat quickly.

Unbearable Lightness by Portia de Rossi – I’ve been meaning to read this for awhile and almost started reading it the other night and was even enjoying it… sort of. Because really it’s hard to enjoy reading about someone’s eating disorder. So I suppose I’ll say I was fascinated. And that I feel I really should read it – as a mom and seemingly serial dieter, it seems like it should be required reading and also it’s terrifically well written from what I’ve read so far. So if I don’t finish Lamb, I’m planning to pick this one back up and deal with the fact that the subject matter is a bit scary to me.

Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment by Deepak Chopra – This is another book I might read 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 mentioned this book in my last nightstand but haven’t gotten to it yet, probably because it isn’t actually ON my nightstand! Remind me to remedy that!

What are you reading right now?

5 thoughts on “Nightstand: August

  1. Are you sure comments are better than cookies? Even chocolate chip cookies? LOL.

    I haven’t read any of your titles but they sound intriguing! I hope you enjoy your book club selection.

    Happy reading!
    Cassandra

  2. I really need to read “Night Circus.” It’s getting rave reviews. Sigh.
    And I often enjoy books that combine plenty of prose with a coffee-table-book quality of illustrations. Maybe often is too strong, but I like the concept and when it’s well done, it makes a great book to leave lying around for friends to pick up and glance through. I’ll look forward to hearing your thoughts on the Madame Curie book.

    Elizabeth
    5MFB

  3. Wow, Night Circus sounds amazing. Thanks for the heads up. As I was reading your review, I couldn’t help but think of “Something Wicked This Way Comes” by Ray Bradbury, probably a combination of the circus/carnival thing and the fact that I am getting ready to read Shadow Show, which is a book of short stories honoring him.

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