What’s On Your Nightstand: October Edition

What's On Your Nightstand? October Edition of Book Picks for H.A.G. | Hardly a GoddessLet’s talk about books!

Books I read:

The Cruelest Month, by Louise Penny

This is the third in this Inspector Gamache series, and I am going to order the 4th, so stay tuned for the review on that one! It continues with Gamache and his sidekick detectives going to “Three Pines” – a most beucolic place, aside from all the murders(!)- to solve a case. What I love about the books is her characters. They are so interesting. I think I like a character, and then the flip side of their personality or something small that they do, sets me thinking they might be the murderer. They are all like this. Things are never what they seem, and it pulls you in and around the mystery in an intellectual and fun way. Loved it and highly recommend. But take note: you have to read the series in order though, because each one is based on the last.

I am still reading:

The Story of a New Name, by Elena Ferrante

This is the 2nd in Elena Ferante’s series that chronicles the lives of 2 girls (now women), Lila and Elena. Lila is now married which is not all that she expected it to be in book one, and Elena finishing her studies, is figuring out her next steps. It is a quiet book, yet it pulls me along. It is just so nice not to have to worry over the characters, or the storyline as you do in a mystery, so it’s a good balance for my other reads this month. I am enjoying it, and it will continue throughout November, I am sure since it is  471 pages and I am on page 100. Agh, reading.

Books Listening to in October:

Dad’s Fat by Jim Gaffigan



I haven’t started it yet, but it is ON tap. I am so excited. I need a good laugh, and the thought of listening to him in the morning on the way to work sounds like a perfect way to start off the day. I love my audio books as they have totally helped me read more this year, and I am truly enjoying them as they make the commute SO much better!

What’s on my eBook reader?

Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing, by Jennifer Weiner

Many of you have probably read books by her, but I surprisingly haven’t. Not one. But I will. After reading this memoir, I am so curious. She is so likable and funny.  There is heart-full and sadness and truth in this book about her childhood and self-image as it’s progressed through a tough adolescence to her great success and fame now. I think if her books are for women, then I should read them. I did see a movie made from one of her books and it was heart breakingly good: In Her Shoes, made way back in 2005 with Cameron Diaz and Toni Collette (who is awesome). Definite “Chick-Flick” tear jerker and for that night where you want to just cry and laugh and aren’t sure what…That the one. So, long story, short…I am reviewing this one and you will read my full review a bit later.

What are my kids loving?

11 year old: 


The Harry Potter Series
, by J.K. Rowling.

Eating this UP! I pushed it and pushed it, and then she watched the movies. Ugh. But wait! Watching the movies made her want to read the books! Sort of like the Rick Riordan series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Awesome books that my 10 year old is now into.

10 year old:

Flora & Ulysses, by Kate DiCamillo

Could be the cutest and best book ever. A super-squirrel has made his way into my heart, and just reading this book has made me hate squirrels so much less. They really are so smart, people. Which leads me to the boys picks:

6 year olds:

Those Darn Squirrels, by Adam Rubin

This book is fun-ny! My boys love shaking their fists and laughing at these clever squirrels. There are 2 more “Darn Squirrel” books and I can’t wait to get them for the boys.


So that is it. I may not be reading a ton, but I have been reading a ton of kids books, which has been fun. I don’t care how old my kids get, they always love picture books. The illustrations feed the story so thoroughly and are so key to the books enjoyment- there have been some great ones.

What’s on YOUR nightstand? Comment below to share– I am not a book snob, clearly, so bring it on! I love hearing what’s out there: good, bad or ugly!

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

What are you reading and loving right now?

8 thoughts on “What’s On Your Nightstand: October Edition

  1. Rita @ View From My Books

    Great post! I’m in the middle of Hungry Heart and love Ms. Weiner’s raw honesty and sense of humor while sharing her life’s story. It’s better than I expected.

    I read the first two Louise Penny books and have The Cruelest Month on my Kindle for a couple of months but didn’t get to it yet. I also have Dad is Fat here because I bought it for my hubs to read, but he’s not into those kind of stories– favors Dan Brown and Stephen King and nonfiction– so I’ll get to it sometime. I watched Gaffigan’s tv show for one season and thought it was worth a look.

    I’m guilty of constantly adding books before reading my old ones, but at least my Netgalley choices are for after the new year, some even 5 months out, so I can read what I want on a whim. Enjoy your week.

    1. hardlyagoddess@gmail.com Post author

      Rita, It sounds like we are on the same wavelength this month! I am guilty as charged with adding lots of titles to my “To be Read” pile, but thankfully, I know myself all too well, and haven’t yet put the #4Gamache on hold at the library. The Elena Ferrante book I know will take a bit more time- but is worth it… Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Lisa notes...

    Isn’t it fun to find a great series? I haven’t been in a series lately. It makes picking the next book to read so much easier. 🙂 My husband is listening to Dad’s Fat right now! If he likes it, I’ll borrow it too from our library overdrive collection. Flora & Ulysses is on my list as I read through Newbery winners.

    1. hardlyagoddess@gmail.com Post author

      Hi Lisa! We are reading aloud the Flora & Ulysses and it is so fun. A great book that pulls in all my kids, so I like that. I do go hot and cold with series, and I put the Gamache series on hold for a bit and have just picked back up on it. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

  3. luciepalka

    I’ve read a few of Jennifer Weiner’s books and loved them, and I totally loved In Her Shoes. I’ll have to look up Louise Penny, her books sound interesting! Maybe a book on DVD would be a good idea since I travel 20 min for work, and never have time to read anymore. My twin sister and I used listen to books on tape all the time during our long commute to University or on road trips!

    1. hardlyagoddess@gmail.com Post author

      Hi Lucie! The Louise Penny books are in your neck of the woods too probably- are you near Quebec at all? It sounds like a wonderful town, with the notable exception that everyone gets murdered! It would make a great audio I would bet- one of my favorite audio series is a detective/murder theme: “Diamond Solitaire” by Peter Lovesy.

  4. Marianne

    The Story of a New Name looks interesting. Let me know when you finish it!
    I’m reading Icy Sparks by, Gwyn Hyman Rubio. It’s about a young girl in Kentucky with Tourette’s syndrome. Will let you know when I’m done reading, but I’m completely drawn in to the story.

    1. hardlyagoddess@gmail.com Post author

      Oh fun! I just put it in my Goodread, to be read pile! Sounds really interesting! “Story” is the 2nd, and I like it- it is not pulling me along, but it is so low-key. I haven’t read anything like it- a good balance for the fast-paced reads that I do.

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