Nightstand 2013: February 27th

So I’m a day late and a dollar short with my What’s On Your Nightstand update (I’ve been kind of busy caring for this cutie), but this is one of my favorite blog carnivals, hosted by the lovely ladies at 5 Minutes for Books so I wanted to quickly try and write up my little summary of my month of reading. Also I seriously need like 5 minutes alone with my computer or I might go absolutely insane.

Since I last nightstanded, I have read the following books:

  1. Trail of the Spellmans by Lisa LutzFinished January 28, 2013 – I have been such a huge fan of Lutz and the Spellman series and her books never disappoint. This was no exception although there is that little bit towards the end that I’m a little disappointed about! I am anxiously crossing my fingers for good (or at least better) things to come where that *being vague so as not to spoil* situation is concerned in the next novel. For those uneducated in all things Spellman, this is 5th in a series about a wacky, dysfunctional family of private investigators and what it’s like to grow up in a family with no concept of privacy or boundaries. Except a few mysteries and intrigues, a couple love stories, some seriously funny footnotes and family dinner scenes that will make your own family seem quite normal by comparison. Terrifically funny but also clever and insightful. These books truly have it all. – full review
  2. Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace (reading with the kids)Finished January 30, 2013 – I read this out loud to my 6 year old and 3 year old. My son, 6, enjoyed hearing about all the antics of best friends Betsy and Tacy. Though the frequent descriptions of their favorite fashions often bored him, Betsy’s amazing imagination and the adventures they found themselves in were adorable and held his interest. This was my first time reading the series and I’ll be continuing with his but probably on my own.
  3. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling Finished February 6, 2013 – I know that Mindy Kaling’s sense of humor is not for everyone but I’m a big fan. I really enjoyed this book – don’t expect anything more than what you might find in a book by Ellen Degeneres or Tina Fey. This is a fun, light hearted quirky read but with the potential I suppose to hurt some feelings. Particularly Rainn Wilson’s feelings. Kaling is occasionally opinionated and not prone to holding anything back.
  4. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (February Book Club)Finished February 12, 2013 – This was definitely an interesting book with a lot of fun details. I really loved the Every Man Jack bit with all the different Jacks and the premise of the book in general was very good, the illustrations beautiful. I found the ending of the book a little rushed in some ways, but over all I really enjoyed it.
  5. Insurgent by Veronica RothFinished February 22, 2013 – While I thoroughly enjoyed devouring this book, I have to admit that I found the ending a bit disappointingly abrupt. I’m not sure if we have a Book Three to look forward to or not, but I would love for the story to be continued. I find the whole concept of the society in Divergent fascinating and after the ending of Insurgent, I am even more fascinated. I did find the love story to be a bit ridiculous at points, perhaps I am just getting a bit old for teen love stories. Still, unlike a lot of teen books, the Divergent series has so much more going for it than a love story and I did really enjoy the book overall.

This is like a crazy amount of books for me – I typically read closer to two books a month so this is downright insane. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m reading shorter books or occasionally reading more than one at a time or if I’m just staying up way too late reading right now. Maybe all of the above?

Right now I am reading three books. I know. Certifiable. Two are non-fiction and one is a middle reader / YAish kinda book:

  • The False Prince: Book 1 of the Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielsen : In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king’s long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner’s motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword’s point — he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage’s rivals have their own agendas as well.
  • The Essential Puppy  by Betsy Sikora Siino : A little non-fiction book that’s all about the basics of puppy parenting. Being a first time dog owner, I decided to go all New Dog Mom and buy a bunch of books so I can learn everything I never knew I wanted to know about dogs. The book is nice and informative but also concise and easy to read which is perfect for me right now. It has not yet taught me how to deal with the dog chewing all of our shoes and children and basically all of our belongings and peeing on the carpet after being walked three times in the last two hours with poise yet but I’m sure that’s covered in the next chapter.
  • Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting by Pamela Druckerman : I’ve been reading about Druckerman’s books on French parenting for awhile now and something about her writing has really resonated with me, from what I’ve read online so I was anxious to get a copy of Bringing Up Bébé. Of course the minute I got the book in the mail, I had just adopted a puppy so I haven’t had much time to sit down and devour it yet, but I’m looking forward to it when I do.

If I manage to read anything else in the next month it will be The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling, our March book club pick. The reviews of this book are kind of all over the place so I’m torn between being all “Yay, another JK Rowling book, it’s been too long!” and concerned I’m in for a major disappointment. I guess we’ll find out either way soon!

Anyway, that’s how things are looking around here. New puppy, so many books, so little time. Time to hit publish and get back to my new reality of things being chewed and peed upon.


  1. Hey better late than never, right? I took a bunch of dog books out from the library when we adopted our dog, I wasn’t a first time dog owner but it was a good refresher. Are you crate training him?

    Also, re: The Casual Vacancy – my advice is to stick with it, if you can. It does get better. And it is nothing like the HP books. At all. She’s still a good writer, but it’s like she had something to prove with this one. My biggest problem was keeping the characters straight. But I did end up liking it.

    And I *really* need to read those Divergent books.


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