Nightstand 2013: January 22nd

What's On Your Nightstand carnival @ 5 Minutes For BooksIt’s hard to believe that it’s already time for the first Nightstand post of 2013! I’ve been having a pretty good reading month since the New Year and have just finished reading my third book of the year. That’s sort of a record for me, so to all you ladies with your time for reading more than one book a week, shhhh, don’t ruin it for me. lol Anyway, here’s a peek into my reading habits from the past month and what’s slated to be read next:

This month I have read:

  1. If You Were Here by Jen LancasterFinished January 2, 2013 – This book brought back so many memories of house buying in the most hysterical ways. I have been a fan of Lancaster’s memoir type books for awhile and really enjoyed reading a novel from her. It reads like her non-fiction books (funny and easy to relate to) except the antics get even crazier since her imagination is now the limit to how awful a house could be and all the things which could go wrong. Very funny stuff!
  2. Delirium by Lauren OliverFinished January 9, 2013 – This was such a fascinating book. I love the concept of a world where love is considered a disease and one which all the world’s problems can be rooted back to. It was so interesting to read Lena’s thoughts and feelings towards love or “deliria” from the beginning of the book to the end – to witness the same society in a number of different lights as Lena counts down the days to when she will be cured from love and finally be safe – or alternately, to when the chance for love will be taken from her forever. Looking forward to book two! – full review
  3. Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman (January Book Club) – Finished January 20, 2013 – I thought this book was really interesting and well written. Being able to get that “fly on a wall” look at life inside a prison for a year – and even a couple of different types of prisons – was kind of cool. Kerman serves as a great narrator for this book as she seems like someone who gets along with pretty much anyone. She befriends a lot of different people and also makes for a narrator that is easy to relate to.
    I also like that she takes the time to talk about all the times in her life that she could have asked for help or done something different – and the choices that she has made that brought her to her situation. It is the kind of book that you can learn a lot from without feeling like you are being preached at or lectured. Well written, interesting and easy to read – can’t ask for much more than that!

Last night I started reading Trail of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz, fifth in a series of funny mystery books about a crazy family of private investigators. Lutz has quickly become a favorite author of mine and I’ve been anxious to read this installment for awhile. I’ve also been reading Betsy~Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace with MM. We’re about halfway through the book and really enjoying reading it together. In the first book the main characters are five years old and their antics are very easy for MM to relate to and it’s been fun reading the story and experiencing it with MM.

My reading plans for February will likely include:

  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – our February book club pick
  • Insurgent by Veronica Roth – I’ll only be able to keep myself away from this book, the sequel to Divergent, for so long.
  • After this I’m not sure – I have a ton of great books to choose from and it’s really going to depend on how quickly I read the three books above.

What have you been reading lately?


  1. I read my first memoir by Lancaster sometime last year and found it to be absolutely hilarious. I can’t even imagine what a novel by her would be like!

    Orange is the New Black sounds fascinating. I’m going to have to add it to my TBR list.


  2. I’ve actually never read Betsy-Tacy. Something to rectify! I have Divergent on my Kindle and really want to read it soon. You always have a nice mix of books on your list.


  3. 😀 I like how you also gave yourself room to choose books that you feel like reading as you go along. Wise. Very wise. 😀

    Yay for Betsy-Tacy!


  4. yes, I read more books this month than I have in any other month on record! I know (SHHHH) I don’t know why or how it happened I’m only glad that I am off to a good start. I am sure life will get in the way soon and I will get behind! LOL!


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