What’s on Your Nightstand? H.A.G. Reads for May

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Ack! What am I reading?!

I am SO behind in my To-Be-Read (TBR) pile(s)!

My friend, Julie lent me books 5, 6, 7, & 8 of the Louise Penny series (13 total), so I can try to binge-catch up on those wonderful reads, but to be honest, I am slacking…as in way behind and mid-way through about 5 books! Here’s a recap at both, what I finished and am still in the middle of~

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What I listened to:


Thunderstruck by Erik Larson
This was the one of four choices that I could read for my “The Blended Book Club” reads. I thought it might be sort of boring, so I opted to listen to audio and I was unfortunately right. Several of us in the group found the story quite jumpy in places and the characters a bit under developed. I did learn a lot about Marconi the inventor (or not) of the telegraph, being the first way to send a message over long distances and the ocean. Interesting since Marconi Beach on Cape Cod is somewhere that I have been and never knew the history of…so that was the positive. If you love  literal non-fiction, there is a good book here, but fiction readers might not love the dry narrative-non-fiction take that Larson presents. I found his other book, The Devil in the White City similar in this way, so if you like that one, you may enjoy this.

Still listening:

Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
This has been such a good listen! It is all about witches, vampires, and demons…and humans too! So not what I usually read, but fun and so compelling with the storyline of a reluctant witch and taboo-love between a reluctant witch and a hunky vampire…sounds super cheesy, I know, but I have to say it  isn’t written that way and it’s sort of nerd-brainy with all the literary references and academic setting. I am liking this a ton and good news! It’s a series of 3 books so I can keep loving this for two more stories!


Under Her Skin by Adriana Anders
Loving this but just did not finish- I really can’t read books on my kindle or iPad as fast at all- I just don’t want to read off a screen after being on one all day for work! Paper has my heart!

Reading Now:

Mindset by Carol Dweck
This is sort of a professional development and parenting book for me. I love the concept of a growth mindset versus a fixed mindset set forth in this book- the idea that a person isn’t inherently good at something, but works to be better at it…is just such a great lesson for kids and for the similar concept of “grit” in learning. Thinking that people are just born being the next great athlete or master piano player, and don’t have to work at it is just crazy and limiting…the book is pretty much occupying most of my brain space- I find that I relate everything to it. Very highly recommend!

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
Who is Robert Galbraith? The Pen name for J.K. Rowling of course! You know…the woman who wrote Harry Potter!? You probably know that by now, but some people don’t, and no wonder since this 3rd book of the Cormoran Strike series is a far cry from youth and magic- these books are quite grizzly and for crime fans, super reads. I love the characters in these books: a nice and put-upon young twenty something secretary, and her boss, an ex-military, son of a groupie who is the star dectective- our unlikely hero.  I love the setting of London and the weirdness of all the crimes, but they can be a lot of graphic crime…I have to be in a good place before I read one of these and then I always need a break afterwards to read something more uplifting! I am having fun with this one right now though, and since it’s an older book (2013) you can find it easily in the library!

You know that I am reading 5 other books still, but I will have to catch you up later. This is just getting out of hand, and I have to finish some of these up soon! Happy Reading & Doing whatever it is that you ENJOY!

What are you reading? I’d love to know- Lemme’ know in the comments!!

Check out these nightstands at : 5 Minutes for MomBookDate, &  Booknificient along with the Blended Blog Virtual Book Club on Thursday!

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21 thoughts on “What’s on Your Nightstand? H.A.G. Reads for May

  1. Laurel-Rain Snow

    I am curious about the “Robert Galbraith” books….and even though I didn’t read the Harry Potter books (I tried!), I admire J.K. Rowling. So I want to give her new author incarnation a whirl.

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Lisa notes...

    I’ve only read the first of the Louise Penny series, but I did like it so hopefully I can read more as well. I don’t know if I’ll ever make it to all 13 though! ha. I’ve had Mindset on my library wish list for a few months. I look forward to reading it when it becomes available.

  3. shaunaceyb

    I felt the same way about Thunderstruck… haven’t read any of your other choices… might have to bookmark this to add to my to-read/listen list

  4. alisonculhane

    I’m disappointed with Thunderstruck. I’ve had Devil in the White City on my to read for a long time but after trying Thunderstuck I’m going to pass on it. I really enjoyed Discovery of Witches but wasn’t as impressed with the 2 other books in the trilogy. Not bad, but I think Discovery is just so good it is hard to live up to it!

  5. Katie

    I need to get on the audio book train! And I have never heard of the Louise Penny series!! Off to look that up!! Thanks!!

  6. Rita @ Paging Through Books

    I’ve read book #1 & 2 of the Louise Penny series and want to get back to it soon. I enjoyed the “calmness” I guess is the word I’m looking for that envelops this setting, despite murder and mayhem. And Discovery of Witches– a very good one! I read this a couple of years ago but have yet to continue the series because I’ve heard book 2 was a letdown but 3 was good again, and I think that discouraged me. You had a good month reading!

  7. Emma

    I read a Larson book last year (or maybe the year before) and did enjoy it but, like you say, non-fiction stories aren’t for everyone. I also read Discovery of Withces but was too long ago to remember, I feel like revisiting it now. Have a good week.

  8. mommynificent

    Wow! How in the world do you keep up with so many books at once! Happy reading! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com this week! Always a pleasure to have you!

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