Nightstand 2013: May

It’s kind of amazing that May is nearly over already with summer following quickly behind. The end of another month means it’s time to check in with the ladies at 5 Minutes For Books and share the books that are currently on my nightstand or have been there recently.

Since we last nightstanded together, I read the following books:

  1. Pretty in Plaid by Jen Lancaster – Finished April 30, 2013 – I love pretty much everything Jen Lancaster writes and this was no exception. Funny, poignant and full of the wit and the fantastically crazy stories you’d expect from her.
  2. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple (May Book Club Pick) – Finished May 9, 2013 – Epistolary novels are always a bit of a gamble, in my opinion. Breaking away from a traditional narrative can make it hard to get immersed in the story, but Where’d You Go, Bernadette did a great job providing a story you’ll find yourself lost in way into the late hours of the night. I found myself relating to Bernadette a lot, which was a little bit scary for awhile there, but it also kept me rooting for her and her family. This is a great look at mental illnesses both perceived, ignored and real – and a story that shows the complexities of families, marriage, neighborhoods & the world. For a “book of letters, emails and memos” this book packs a pretty big punch. – Full Review
  3. The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen – Finished May 18, 2013 – I think in some ways I enjoyed The Runaway King even more than the first in this series. Sage aka Jaron’s wit and humor is as well written as ever and his character is going through a bit of personal growth while trying to save his kingdom from certain peril. This book packs adventure, coming of age, a touch of romance & a lot of humor between it’s pages. I highly recommend this series!

Right now I’m reading Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver – book two in the delirium series. I was a little hesitant to read this one due to the major bummer of an ending in book one, but I have to say I’ve really been enjoying it and I’m already starting to anticipate book three as I get closer and closer to the end of the book.

Next up I plan to read the following books, which make up the remainder of my Spring Reading Thing Challenge:

  1. The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker (June Book Club Pick) “On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, 11-year-old Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life–the fissures in her parents’ marriage, the loss of old friends, the hopeful anguish of first love, the bizarre behavior of her grandfather who, convinced of a government conspiracy, spends his days obsessively cataloging his possessions. As Julia adjusts to the new normal, the slowing inexorably continues.”
  2. The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict by Trenton Lee Stewart – Why have I not read this one yet? I’m not sure, so let’s remedy that! “Nine-year-old Nicholas Benedict has more problems than most children his age. Not only is he an orphan with an unfortunate nose, but he also has narcolepsy, a condition that gives him terrible nightmares and makes him fall asleep at the worst possible moments. Now he’s being sent to a new orphanage, where he will encounter vicious bullies, selfish adults, strange circumstances – and a mystery that could change his life forever. Luckily, he does have one thing in his favor: He’s a a genius.”
  3. Vixen by Jillian Larkin – “Jazz . . . Booze . . . Boys . . . It’s a dangerous combination. Every girl wants what she can’t have. Seventeen-year-old Gloria Carmody wants the flapper lifestyle—and the bobbed hair, cigarettes, and music-filled nights that go with it. Now that she’s engaged to Sebastian Grey, scion of one of Chicago’s most powerful families, Gloria’s party days are over before they’ve even begun . . . or are they? Clara Knowles, Gloria’s goody-two-shoes cousin, has arrived to make sure the high-society wedding comes off without a hitch—but Clara isn’t as lily-white as she appears. Seems she has some dirty little secrets of her own that she’ll do anything to keep hidden. . . . Lorraine Dyer, Gloria’s social-climbing best friend, is tired of living in Gloria’s shadow. When Lorraine’s envy spills over into desperate spite, no one is safe. And someone’s going to be very sorry. . . . From debut author Jillian Larkin, Vixen is the first novel in the sexy, dangerous, and ridiculously romantic new series set in the Roaring Twenties . . . when anything goes.”

After that I’ll be getting started on my personal summer reading challenge – click here for more details!

What books are you reading?

8 responses to “Nightstand 2013: May”

  1. bekahcubed Avatar

    I really enjoy Jen Lancaster–she’s funny and not too crude. I also *adored* The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict–I can’t decide whether I like it or The Mysterious Benedict Society better (and I *really* like MBS.)

    I enjoyed your review of Where’d you go, Bernadette, and it just so happens that my library has a copy–which means I’ll be adding it to my TBR list. Thanks!


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  3. Lisa notes... Avatar

    Just added Pretty in Plaid to my to-read list. I don’t read much fiction, so when I do read a novel, I want to make sure it’s one that somebody really liked. 🙂 The Age of Miracles catches my eye too. I’ll wait and see what you think about it first.


  4. Kara @ Home With Purpose Avatar

    Great list! Runaway King sounds really interesting. I’m going to have to check it out.


  5. Jennifer Avatar

    I keep telling myself to read The Mysterious Benedict Society and I still haven’t! But I’ve heard good things about the book and the series, so I will get to it eventually! Happy reading!


  6. sjbraun Avatar

    Runaway King is sounding interesting to me. I don’t think I’m familiar with any of your books, which is a good thing — more to add to the stack! Happy reading!


  7. Barbara H. Avatar

    I don’t think I’ve heard of Jen Lancaster, at least not that I remember, but you make her sound very appealing.


  8. Tonia Avatar

    I’m reading Requiem right now, just finished Pandemonium a few weeks ago. The Jennifer Nielsen series sounds interesting – I just reserved both books from my library. Happy reading!