Nightstand: January 2014

my nightstand

It’s the fourth Tuesday of January and that means it’s time to share with you all the books currently on my nightstand, either literally or figuratively. I’m linking up with the ladies at 5 Minutes For Books to write about what I’ve been reading this month and what I’m planning to read next.

So far this year I have finished the following books:

  1. Freakonomics by Steven Levitt (January Book Club) – Finished January 12, 2014 – I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would. Very interesting, whether you agree with them and their findings or not. It made for a very lively book club discussion about a very wide array of topics. – Full Review
  2. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray – Finished January 23, 2014 – I thought the premise of this book was fascinating and the plot kept me intrigued throughout. I also felt the book was attempting to do an AWFUL lot and that it occasionally read as cheesy, over done and sometimes predictable, but being a young adult novel I can kind of over look the predictable aspects. All in all, I think it was a very funny and satirical look at the commercialism and typical coming of age issues that young girls are faced with, in the midst of a very atypical story.
  3. Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman – Finished January 24, 2014 – This was such a fun, quick read. Gaiman writes a really fun story and the book has terrific illustrations to accompany it. This was one the whole family loved and it made a great read aloud this weekend with the kids.

Right now I am reading A Study in Scarlet, the first Sherlock Holmes novel by Arthur Conan Doyle because I cannot get enough of Sherlock Holmes right now; and I’m also reading The Red Tent by Anita Diamant, which my book club will be discussing in February.

So what’s up next?

Well I’ll definitely be reading some more Sherlock Holmes stories and the March book club pick is American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I also have Fangirl and Eleanor and Park, both by Rainbow Rowell staring wistfully at me from my nightstand and kindle and I just downloaded Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz, which the tv show on Lifetime was based on. Those are the books most likely to be devoured next but my reading can be unpredictable so you never know.

How about you? What are you reading right now?

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6 thoughts on “Nightstand: January 2014

  1. I read Freakonomics a few years back and remember thinking it was interesting — I remember enjoying the talk about names and their popularity. I’ve heard so much about Neil Gaiman lately. Must read something of his …

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  2. I found Freakonomics really interesting as well and love all the Sherlock Holmes that I’ve read. A Study in Scarlet is really good! I just finished Fangirl (totally forgot to add it to my list of finished books) – it was just an ‘okay’ book for me.

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  3. What an ADORABLE nightstand. That photo is just perfect.

    I haven’t read any Sherlock Holmes since I was an early teen, but some friends had my husband and I over to watch one of the first episodes of the British TV series and I’ve gotten a bit curious as to how closely the plots in the TV show follow the plots in the novels.

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