Nightstand: September

What's On Your Nightstand @ 5 Minutes For BooksIt’s time for the first What’s On Your Nightstand post of Fall 2012! If you’ve never participated before, 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!

So here’s the thing. My Fall into Reading 2012 list was literally the last post I wrote, so I’m feeling a little bad about the practically duplicate posts of books I’m planning to read in the near future, but this post is a tiny bit different as it’s dealing mostly with the coming month and previous month only. So bear with me and I apologize if it feels like I’m repeating myself!

When we last Nightstanded I had just started reading  Fool by Christopher Moore and I was unsure if I’d finish it, due to the extreme vulgarity of the first few chapters. Somehow I actually managed to muscle through it and even somewhat enjoy the book. He tones down the vulgarity a tad just as the plot starts to pick up and it was all I needed to keep going. On my book list, I wrote “This was definitely not my favorite of Moore’s books though I did end up enjoying it. It took me awhile to get into the plot and look beyond the incredibly vulgar first few chapters, but the story itself is a good one and Moore’s writing style is funny and fun to read. I’d still recommend Lamb first and foremost to anyone wanting to read a Christopher Moore book.”

I also read:

  1. Radioactive: A Tale of Love and Fallout by Lauren Redniss – Finished September 12, 2012– While I enjoyed reading about the life and work of Marie & Pierre Curie, I have to say, I would have preferred a more traditional narrative that delved into further detail. I found a lot of areas of their lives I would have loved to know more about that weren’t able to be fleshed out. That said, the format of the book was interesting and easy to read and some of the illustrations and photographs were interesting – and I was able to finish it easily in 3 nights.
  2. Momma Zen by Karen Maezen Miller – Finished September 24, 2012 – This was one of those books that I read at just the right time. While I didn’t always agree with the author’s views, I did see myself in a lot of her stories – I think most parents will see themselves in a lot of their stories. And anyone who has ever struggled to live in the moment, relax and just be – this is a book for you.

While Radioactive was on my original list, Momma Zen was a spur of the moment choice, knocking my other two picks out of the running. Now I am in the thick of my Fall into Reading challenge and still trying to decide which books from my list to read next. I think I am going to read:

  1. Divergent by Veronica Roth : “When sixteen-year-old Tris makes her choice. She cannot foresee how drastically her life will change. Or that the perfect society in which she lives is about to unfold into a dystopian world of electrifying decisions, stunning consequences, heartbreaking betrayals and unexpected romance.”
  2. The Latehomecomer by Kao Kalia Yang (October Pick): “In search of a place to call home, thousands of Hmong families made the journey from the war-torn jungles of Laos to the overcrowded refugee camps of Thailand and onward to America. But lacking a written language of their own, the Hmong experience has been primarily recorded by others. Driven to tell her family’s story after her grandmother’s death, The Latehomecomer is Kao Kalia Yang’s tribute to the remarkable woman whose spirit held them all together. It is also an eloquent, firsthand account of a people who have worked hard to make their voices heard.”
  3. Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman (if time permits): “For more than two hundred years, the Owens women had been blamed for everything that went wrong in their Massachusetts town. And Gillian and Sally endured that fate as well; as children, the sisters were outsiders. Their elderly aunts almost seemed to encourage the whispers of witchery, but all Gillian and Sally wanted was to escape. One would do so by marrying, the other by running away. But the bonds they shared brought them back-almost as if by magic…”

What are you reading right now?