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Monday, August 24, 2009

What's On My Nightstand & a Few Suggestions for Violent Threats

What's On Your NightstandI almost feel ridiculous posting about what's on my nightstand because I didn't really accomplish very much of what I set out to do last month. Instead, I started study for and taking some Western Civilization exams and got bogged down fellowshipping with the Greeks and Romans. Everything else got lost in the fray.

THIS month I'm not going to tell you what I plan to read and review for 5 Minutes for Books because I go completely on whim there (to some extent) and for that matter I go on whim here too. But I feel better about making claims for Reading to Know this month. (The only thing I guarantee for this month relating to 5 Minutes for Books is that I DID read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society for the upcoming bookclub discussion on September 1st. Stay tuned for that! And if you haven't read it yet but want to? Get started! It's EASY reading and lots of fun so you have plenty of time!!!)

With all that said, here are my top reads for Reading to Know this month. The thing I like about them is that they are SURE to cause some discussion and I've gotta say that I'm very much looking forward to thinking through these books:




(And yes, I'm grinning like the cheshire cat!)

For FUN I'm going to read (not to say that the titles above aren't fun, because I very much think that they will be!):


I want to read that book because I was asked to review this book:



The book sounded way too interesting to pass up so I'm anxious to dig in and learn about L. Frank Baum (and finally read this classic story)! Can you believe I haven't? I've only ever seen movie so I'm curious to read the book.

Lastly, as I mentioned last month, I still want to get to Lucy Maud Montgomery: The Gift of Wings.

Hopefully you'll see all of these titles pop up on this site within the next month. If you don't, threaten me with something. I don't know with that. Think of something. (What's the equivalent of a bloggy threat? I'll UNSUBSCRIBE if you don't read these!!!! Or, in keeping with "I won't invite you to my birthday party" it should be, "I won't follow you anymore." If that's not motivation, I'm not sure what is, right? Just make sure you put one hand on your hip and stick that hip out WAAAAY far when making those violent threats! Otherwise....I might not believe that you mean it!)

22 comments:

Susan said...

Hmmmm ... yes, those first two should be real conversation pieces! I read Wizard as a child and I still remember being surprised at all the differences from the movie. I think it would be so interesting to learn more about Baum ... now you've intrigued me ... :)

stephanie@{Olive Tree} said...

Those are definitely eye-catching titles. :) I'm saving the Wizard of Oz until the girls are a bit older and we can do it as a read aloud and then watch the movie. I've read bit of the books, but not all - I do remember it being very different.

Cindy said...

yes those should be interesting reading! I also haven't ever read the wizard of Oz and his biography intrigues me, too!

Amy said...

Looks like you're going to be reading some interesting titles. . . Hmmm, a threat? I won't participate in your challenges anymore. ;-)

Nise' said...

As a mom of young adult children, maybe I should read the first book! LOL

morninglight mama said...

Wow- I can't wait to hear about those first two!

And oh yes, with 10 years teaching preschool, I cannot even count how many times the "birthday party" threat was thrown around... even if said birthday was 11 months away. :) How about, "Don't make me remove you from my reader." HA!

Barbara H. said...

The last two books sound really interesting. The first two -- I dunno, I'm past that stage in life and have no daughters so I have no inclination toward the first one and the people in my life young enough to have babies want to. It will be interesting to hear what you have to say about them when you're done reading them.

Janet said...

I read 'Wizard' last month as a read-aloud for my daughters. I picked up more on its spiritual agenda this time, but my girls enjoyed it.

Looks like you have some good variety awaiting. Enjoy!

Lisa writes... said...

No threats here... :)

Those first two titles look fascinating and I'll be eager to hear your thoughts and the ensuing discussion!

Kipi said...

You're not alone in not getting to last month's list. I had a grand total of two books read. I reviewed a few that I had read before, but it must have been the craziness of getting the kids ready to go back to school that kept me from reading in August. Yeah, that sounds good. I'll go with that.

Can't wait to read your reviews on these.

mommablogsalot said...

I haven't read the Wizard of Oz either - I totally should!

Julie said...

Great list, I'm sure you will enjoy them all. I am so glad I did finally get a copy of Potato Peel Pie Society...it was fantastic! Happy Reading.

Bluestocking said...

The first one sounds interesting. I think it might be dangerous in the hands of some women I know. Here is mine

ibeeeg said...

Wizard of Oz spooked me throughout my whole childhood as it was played on tv yearly! Once I outgrew being spooked, I was then bored. Hmmm...

I actually was thinking that I should read the book - Wizard of Oz - as my opinion of spook and boredom may change.

Here is my Nightsand

Happy Reading!

Lisa notes... said...

I'm thoroughly convinced now that I need to read the Potato book. You'll enjoy The Wizard of Oz. It's even more fun than the movie.

Stephanie's Mommy Brain said...

I'll be interested in your opinions on the first 2 books! As for my threat... "I won't leave you a comment!" How's that for a bloggy threat? lol

Jennifer, Snapshot said...

Okay--seeing the title on marriage and remembering some of the hullabaloo on another marriage book you did cracks me up and makes me wonder if you are a glutton for punishment. Remains to be seen, eh?

A combo review of Oz and the L. Frank Baum book might be interesting for 5M4B (if you don't feature it here -- if you do that's fine. Or, even better feature it here, then do a Books on Screen!!).

Amanda read the book a couple of years ago and it's quite different from the movie. But the show Wicked (need I say -- LOVE IT!), takes more of the book's plot into account.

justicejenniferreads said...

I haven't read the Wizard of Oz either! I've seen the movie so many times that I feel like I've read the book - I know the story so well. It's a great list you have here and I'm sure you'll enjoy reading them. In fact, since you'll enjoy reading them, you won't need any threats (I hope).

Ana T. said...

I can't believe I don't know any of the books you mention! But they do sound interesting so I'm off to investigate. Happy reading!

Dan said...

Okay, you've really made me want to read this month's book club book! I haven't done that in months because of time, but I just may try to squeeze it in.

And boy you are going to stir up some conversation! I have to make a comment on how interesting book covers are becoming these days. Those are all so graphic and lovely.

My husband and I just saw the musical Wicked last night, and I've still got Oz-onian type thoughts spinning through my head!

Alicia said...

"Dan" is me! I left a comment not realizing my husband was logged into gmail on my computer. That comment probably makes more sense coming from a girl!

Penny said...

I just read the Wizrd a few months ago, and I really enjoyed it. I'm slowly but surely working my way through the rest of the series. That biography looks good

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