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Monday, February 22, 2010

What's On Your Nightstand?

What's On Your NightstandLast month's nightstand was pretty much all about wrapping up the L.M. Montgomery Reading Challenge and reading for the Children's Classics Mystery Challenge.

I'm still focused on completing the Anne series, hoping to delve into Anne's House of Dreams this month. And I AM still working on the Children's Classics Mystery Reading Challenge, hoping to hit on some Trixie Belden this coming month, as well as read the last two books in the Cherry Ames Series. (If you missed reading about the Cherry Ames series, click HERE and catch up!)

At the present moment, however, I am delightfully mystified over what I should be reading next. My nightstand is groaning under the weight of works of fiction right now (which is not typically my genre of choice, although I do enjoy a good piece of it) and I'm not sure what to read next. Here are a few from my stack:









I look at the cover art on all of these and I kinda want to start singing, "One of these things is not like the other ones..." And I want to read that one just for color coordination purposes!

As I look back over the past few months I see just how much non-fiction I am attracted to and so it's kind of fun to hit the fiction for a change. It's a different kind of challenge for me because part of me says, "But you aren't LEARNING anything!" from such titles (even though that's simply not true) and the other part of me says, "But you are having FUN and doesn't that count for something!?" Sometimes mommy just needs to have fun. Would you agree?

24 comments:

Amy said...

What a great selection. I'd be doing a happy dance if I had all those on my night stand.

Me said...

Oh, the first two really make me want to run to the bookstore.

I read And the Shofar Blew last year and found it good.

I am stuck in Bleak House and only get out of it long enough to read the stuff I need for my two book clubs

Janet said...

Yes, Mommy absolutely needs to have fun. It must be hard to choose from these -- a good problem to have!

Susan said...

Yes - reading needs to be all about fun!
You have a great group there - I read the Shofar book years ago; I like FRivers but honestly can't remember much about it. Anna and the King would be interesting as well, since I love the musical based on it ...

Amber said...

Read Mr. Darcy Broke my Heart! I loved it! :-)

Nise' said...

Jane Austen Ruined My Life was great! I am waiting for Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart! Enjoy whatever you choose.

Stephanie's Mommy Brain said...

That's quite a stack! Can't wait to read your reviews.

Jennifer, Snapshot said...

I DO learn from fiction. I love gleaning from the insight that novelists seem to have into the human character.

And yes, it's fun. And diverting. And entertaining.

Barbara H. said...

I have a whole stack from which it is hard to choose as well. And mommy does need fun!

Melissa @ Breath of Life said...

I REALLY want to read to Beth Patillo books. I liked Shofar, and I think I've read Sparrow. The Socialite book looks interesting, too.

Decisions, decisions!

Lisa notes... said...

I would love to read “And the Shofar Blew”—I’ve heard good things about it, and I just finished my first Francine Rivers novel and really liked it (Redeeming Love).

Yes, we do need to read "fun" stuff, too. I mainly read non-fiction (and much of that is fun), but I find that I need a fiction book periodically and I end up learning from that too.

Thanks for your list!

morninglight mama said...

I'm such the opposite- it's a giant task for me to read nonfiction, but I'll take a novel any old day. (Which begs the question- do I EVER learn anything??) :)

I'm looking forward to Claude and Camille, too, and I really like the cover image you have here- not the one that I've seen online before.

Brooke from The Bluestocking Guide said...

You don't have to learn something when reading.

The Nancy Drew was different. I tracked down the 1931 edition.

Julie said...

Oh yes I learn from fiction all the time! Looks like a great stack ahead of you. Happy reading!

Robin of My Two Blessings said...

What a great stack! I have Scarlet on the shelves - will read it eventually. The rest look really good including Anna and the King of Siam.

Hopewell said...

You commented on "Love Over Scotland"--it's actually book 3 in the series 44 Scotland Street. I think it would be hard to jump in not knowing that! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

mommablogsalot said...

I'm the opposite - I read a lot more fiction than non. I think I'd lean more towards the Austen books personally, but the blue cover jumped out at me, too!

Lauren said...

What great choices! Of the two Patillo books, I liked the Jane Austen one better than the Mr. Darcy one. I can't wait to read your thoughts on all these books!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

And The Shofur Blew is fantastic! I love Francine Rivers. Have a wonderful week!

S. Mehrens said...

Wow, this is an interesting stack and a little surprising for you. :) I look forward to reading your reviews. :)

Brittanie said...

I read Jane Austen Ruined My Life last year and thought it was good. I have the second on my shelves waiting to be read.

DanaB said...

Looks like some fabulous reads await you in your stack!

I laughed in agreement at your comment on my post about 'Dancing With Einstein'...the cover art is wonderfully compelling--making it clear there's a story to be told!

Happy Reading!
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Judylynn said...

I think you would find that And the Shofar Blew is a book that you would learn a lot from - learn about yourself and others. It is not your typical "entertaining" fiction book. Although it's an enjoyable read, it's also quite sad in some places. I'm looking forward to reading your thoughts about it!

Lisa writes... said...

Ooh, ooh, ooh---you've got some REALLY GOOD books on your shelf! Some good reading ahead!

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