Nightstand 2013: March

It’s hard to believe another month is drawing to a close, but as April gets closer and closer it’s time to check in with the ladies at 5 Minutes for Books with a What’s On Your Nightstand? post. For those new to this blog carnival, it’s pretty simple: just blog about what you have been reading, are currently reading and / or what you plan to read soon. Basically just the books that you might find on your nightstand right now.

I’m currently reading The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling and it’s starting to feel like I’ve been reading it absolutely forever. I’m almost 40% done but my book club is discussing it on Wednesday and I’m not very confident I’ll be able to finish it in time. I don’t know if I’ll keep reading after that or not. The story is mildly interesting but I don’t feel terribly invested in any of the characters and that makes it hard for me to get sucked into a book. Also I don’t have much sense that there will be a big happy ending or anything, it doesn’t seem like that kind of a book. So yeah…


This month I read:

  1. The False Prince by Jennifer A Nielsen – Finished March 4, 2013 – Wow, this book was really good! The author’s writing style is witty and quick, lending a nice snarky attitude to her main character, Sage. This is a little bit mystery, a little bit fantasy and overall a nice middle reader series that is sure to appeal to both genders. I had my suspicions about a few major plot points for awhile, but the author does a good job keeping you guessing until the end and then weaving the whole plot together really nicely. Eagerly looking forward to book two in this trilogy.
  2. The Essential Puppy by Betsy Sikora Siino – Finished March 5, 2013 – This was a good primer on all things puppy. Thorough but concise which I appreciated being busy with a new puppy and young children. It helped ease all those new dog questions in an easy to read manner.

And that’s it. I probably would have read more by now if the Casual Vacancy wasn’t taking me so long. I was getting pretty smug with my 4-5 books a month pattern, but I should have known it would only be a matter of time before things got back to “normal” around here.

When I’m done reading JK Rowling, I’ll be getting back to Bringing Up Bébé by Pamela Druckerman and then picking up some of the following picks from my Spring Reading Thing challenge:

  1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (April Book Club Pick) – “Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs… for now.  Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault. Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.”
  2. The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen – Book two in a promising middle reader series, I’m very anxious to read this one. “A kingdom teetering on the brink of destruction. A king gone missing. Who will survive? Find out in the highly anticipated sequel to Jennifer A. Nielsen’s blockbuster THE FALSE PRINCE! Just weeks after Jaron has taken the throne, an assassination attempt forces him into a deadly situation. Rumors of a coming war are winding their way between the castle walls, and Jaron feels the pressure quietly mounting within Carthya. Soon, it becomes clear that deserting the kingdom may be his only hope of saving it. But the further Jaron is forced to run from his identity, the more he wonders if it is possible to go too far. Will he ever be able to return home again? Or will he have to sacrifice his own life in order to save his kingdom?”

And that’s all I’m going to mentally commit to right now but you can check out my SRT list for more of the books I’m looking forward to reading this Spring.

What are you reading right now?


  1. Are you enjoying Bringing up Bebe? I lived in France so I’m really interested to read that one. Someday. And both The Fault in our Stars and Runaway King sound really good!


  2. I’ve heard others aren’t too impressed either with J.K. Rowling’s latest. Sad because I did so enjoy the Harry Potter series.

    Hope you’re enjoying your new puppy! Isn’t it great to be able to pick up a book on whatever subject we’re currently living out?


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