What’s On Your Nightstand? January Edition

whats-on-your-nightstandWhat is on your nightstand, or your table, in your purse? Remember, I want to read at least an hour a day here people- this is how we will read more in 2017 and love it! Let’s go!

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Books I read:

Section Day, by Aravind Adiga. There was so much that I like about this book, but quite a bit in the story that I didn’t. I think I learned a lot about what it means to be a man in India and not feel free to do or be what you want…and also I learned about the game of cricket. Not so much cricket in the U.S., so this was interesting for me for sure. I wrote a bit about this in my Sunday post, but for now, I would give it a 3 out of 5 stars on Goodreads (I have to find a way to make stars on this blog). I loved his book, White Tiger, so I had high expectations, and maybe that was my problem from the get go~ this author is an expert at a particularly gritty but real-feeling, Indian male voice and perspective. Worth a read if any of this sounds good!

I am still reading:

The Yid, by Paul Goldberg. I am working on this one. It is not a quick read, and I already did some background reading on the history of Russia during Stalin. The Tablet had a great article and bookgroup guide that sort of helped me get started. And I am loving this. Not the book really yet, but the process of learning all the real history before the fictional story. Stay tuned.

Italian Fever, by Valerie Martin. It is literally in my bag for a long day of jury duty tomorrow, so I will let you know how it is later. From the back of the book, it is about a woman, Lucy, who’s boss dies in Italy, and she travels there to settle his affairs. What ensues is mystery, art and secrets. Sounds compelling, right? I thought so too- I am looking forward to lots of art-references and Italian romance and thrill, to make my jury duty a little more fun!

Books Listening to:

Finished: Hagseed, by Margaret Atwood. So good. Such a well written character, this main character of hers, Felix. Even his name and the voice of this reader, was just perfect. I have never read The Tempest, but this is a re-telling in a modern way with a twist…very fun and I l loved the non-rushed tempo of the character development- She is such a good writer that I am going back to read more of her work. Highly Recommend this one.

Still Listening: Moonglow, by Michael Chabon. Wow. I love this story of Chabon’s grandfather- part fiction, part memoir, I am really enjoying this- he also is a great author. I LOVED The Yiddish Policemen’s Union– great audio book!

What are my kids loving?

Days with Frog & Toad (the 6’s)

Harry Potter & Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children ( the 11)

Harry Potter (the 10)

There are so many other books, that I am not even into yet, but are truly on my nightstand just waiting for me! I have been reviewing several cookbooks, so I will share those on the blog, as they are about to get published. I was also lucky enought to review a great parenting title and also an interesting self-care book that people really responded to. I would love to hear what you are loving right now- I know I’ll have book envy, but who cares? I can always buy another nightstand!

Are you ready to share what your nightstand stack of books is? Just tell me one book that you or your kiddos is loving right now, in the comments!

Check out these nightstands at : 5 Minutes for MomBookDate, &  Booknificient on Thursday!

What are you reading and loving right now?

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4 thoughts on “What’s On Your Nightstand? January Edition

  1. sjbraun

    Your jury duty book looks promising — how did it go? My 3 girls, all teens now and 1 almost 20, LOVED the HPotter series. I read the first book and it just wasn’t my thing. Honestly I have not heard of any of your books this month, and each sounds intriguing to me in different ways ….

  2. Beth@Weavings

    When I went to jury duty I brought a book, but TV blared so loudly that I finally had to give up reading it. I was highly annoyed!

    I just finished reading a Dorothy Sayers novel and a whole game of cricket was described and I had no clue what was going on. I may have to find that part in Selection Day to learn about it.

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