nightstand: december 27th

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Can you believe that the month, and along with it 2012, is almost over? The ladies at 5 Minutes for Books decided to post the What’s On Your Nightstand carnival a couple of days late due to Christmas, so here’s a peek into my reading habits from the past month and what’s slated to be read next.

I’ve been reading a bit more than usual this month, or perhaps just tackling smaller stories – a couple of YA / middle reader type books and a small Jane Austen novel proved to be very quick reads, in addition to my last book club pick and a pretty intense Alice Hoffman novel. It has been a good month of reading to end a good year of reading.

This month I read:

  1. The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner (November Book Club Pick) – Finished November 27, 2012 – I really enjoyed both the concept of this book and the author’s writing style and humor. It was fascinating to read about the way of life in so many different countries – and what makes the people there happy or unhappy, what makes these places tick. And despite being a self professed “grump”, I found the author terrifically funny and his writing easy to enjoy. – full review
  2. The Story Sisters by Alice Hoffman – Finished December 6, 2012 – This was a much darker story than I anticipated reading, but it was beautifully written and quite moving. I did feel that the ending left much to be desired – this was not, at any point, a “feel good” kinda story but it has definitely left a lasting impression on me. – full review
  3. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen – Finished December 14, 2012 – This was such a different Austen experience from previous books of hers that I’ve read. It was fun to read her poking fun at essentially her own usual genre in this very satirical and light hearted novel – and I definitely found myself rooting for the heroine, despite her major naiveté. My only complaint with the book is that all of the major obstacles in the book were resolved almost as soon as they were brought up – everything tied neatly with a bow. I’m sure that this was her intention, being a light satire and not her usual literary endeavor, but I much prefer her “usual literary endeavor” – this was a fun, light read and I enjoyed it, but by no means adored it as I have her other works.
  4. Home For the Holidays (Mother Daughter Book Club #5) by Heather Vogel Frederick – Finished December 18, 2012 – This was a nice easy winter read, perfect to be read around the holidays. The girls in the Mother Daughter Book Club read the Betsy Tacy books by Maud Hart Lovelace, which of course I am now dying to read myself. There is a LOT of boy drama and best friend fighting but it all gets worked out in the end with plenty of interesting things on the horizon bringing us into the next book in the series. I cannot recommend this series highly enough for tween or even teen girls. So refreshing and I love how the author ties the books they are reading into the plot of the story.
  5. The Teashop Girls by Laura Schaefer – Finished December 24, 2012 – This was a cute story – I thought it had good role models and would be great for young tween readers. I also loved all the references to Madison, WI. Any Wisconsinites will love reading about a story that takes place there with lots of references to places that a Madison dweller would recognize.

Right now I’m reading If You Were Here by Jen Lancaster and also flipping through The Collected Stories by Dylan Thomas – one is a terrifically funny novel about the sometimes painful process of buying a home, written by one of my favorite Funny Authors. The other is Dylan Thomas. Beautiful writing, but a bit odd and slow going. I’m not convinced I’ll finish it by the end of 2013, but we’ll see!

Books I’m planning to read next month as 2013 begins:

Delirium by Lauren Oliver – “THEY SAY that the cure for Love will make me happy and safe forever. And I’ve always believed them. Until now. Now everything has changed. Now, I’d rather be infected with love for the tiniest sliver of a second than live a hundred years smothered by a lie.”

Insurgent by Veronica Roth – “One choice can transform you–or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves–and herself–while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.”

Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman (January Book Club Pick)- “A compelling, often hilarious, and unfailingly compassionate portrait of life inside a women’s prison. When Piper Kerman was sent to prison for a ten-year-old crime, she barely resembled the reckless young woman she’d been when, shortly after graduating Smith College, she’d committed the misdeeds that would eventually catch up with her. Happily ensconced in a New York City apartment, with a promising career and an attentive boyfriend, she was suddenly forced to reckon with the consequences of her very brief, very careless dalliance in the world of drug trafficking.”

There are a bunch of other really awesome looking books taking up space on my bookshelf, as Christmas was very kind to me, but these are the ones most likely to get read first, off the top of my head.

What book are you reading right now?

Which book are you most excited to read next?


  1. Looks like you had a good month! I read the first 2 Mother-Daughter Book Club books, I really should make an effort to read the others.


  2. Northanger Abbey was a lot of fun! I own one version of the movie but haven’t watched it yet. I will have to remedy that next year. 🙂

    Happy 2013 reading!!


  3. I really enjoyed The Geography of Bliss, too. I cracked up often, and I love when Weiner has appeared on NPR, too.
    -Dawn, 5M4B


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