Nightstand: October

What's On Your Nightstand @ 5 minutes for booksCan you even believe that October is nearly over, Halloween practically around the corner? And you know what comes after Halloween? Turkey and an old man in a red suit stuffing himself down my chimney, hopefully with an armful of new books for yours truly. Also I turn 30. But let’s not think about that right now, let’s think about books read and books anticipating to be read… Let’s talk nightstands!

If you are new to the whole What’s On Your Nightstand meme, it’s hosted by the ladies at 5 Minutes for Books and it’s 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 nightstanded, I’ve read two books:

  1. Divergent by Veronica Roth – Finished October 7, 2012 – I really liked this story – the plot and the dystopian setting were fascinating and the main character was very likable even in her most naive moments. While her love story occasionally irritated me, the main storyline of the book kept me reading on late into the night until I’d finished it. Looking forward to book two! – full review
  2. Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman – Finished October 11, 2012 – I have to say, I did not enjoy this book as much as I’d been hoping – perhaps because I’ve seen the movie version so many times. Perhaps because I was expecting it to be as amazing a read as Hoffman’s The Dovekeepers. Either way, I did feel a little disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, the book is not bad by any means, it’s just not amazing. The book while essentially similar to the movie, had a lot of major differences which I know is common but what is less common is that I found myself preferring the movie version which seemed much more cohesive and well thought out, the characters more likable and the story a bit more exciting.

And I am very nearly finished reading this month’s book club pick (just in the nick of time!) 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.”

So what’s slated to be read next?

I picked up a used copy of the Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams that is calling my name. It’s not currently on my Fall into Reading list but I’m planning to add it to my list since we’re allowed to edit them. I’ll also be reading the November book club pick, The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner. If I have any extra reading time, I’ll be picking one of the titles left on my reading challenge.

What are you reading right now?

7 thoughts on “Nightstand: October

  1. The Latehomecomer sounds fascinating! I read “The Spirits Catch You and You Fall Down”…is that right? It was something like that. It was a book about the Hmong people and their adjustments to life in the US…the title referred to how they explained epilepsy. Fascinating read.

    And I loved Douglas Adams…haven’t read him in years. Have you read “Year Zero”? It reminded me a bit of him, and was hilarious to boot.

    Elizabeth @ 5MFB

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  2. The Hitch Hickers Guide to the Galaxy is also on my Classics Club reading list (5 year plan). I am interested to know what you think of it. Good luck with your fall reading list. Mine is beginning to pick up since I finished Gone With The Wind.

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  3. I read The Hitch Hiker’s Guide… a few years ago and really enjoyed it. As a Doctor Who fan, I think you will too. I have heard so much about Divergent, I really need to add it to the list.

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  4. Enjoyed your post, we both read Divergent – I have started book 2 but am not very far. I am also thinking about changing my list a bit, you never know what you will end up wanting to read, right? Enjoy November!

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  5. I enjoyed Divergent as well and have the second one on hold at the library to pick up this weekend. Is this your first time reading Hitchhiker? Such a classic!!

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