Tuesday, October 28, 2008

What's on my Nightstand -- October

Wow. I don't know what has happened, but this month I have been a reading ma-chine. For this month's What's on My Nightstand, brace yourself for in-depth analysis of what and how I'm reading, with lots of links to reviews.

I read everything on my list from last month (2 novels and 2 nonfiction books and one children's chapter book), excepting The Sexually Confident Wife by Shannon Ethridge, which I will keep on the list.

In addition to those books, in October I read

Scratch Beginnings, mentioned HERE where I also talked about the Accomplishment* of reading so much in the first part of October.

Off-Season by Anne Rivers Siddon -- which was so beautifully written and captivating that I kept asking myself, "Why don't I read more novels?" A good novel such as this one weaves a story from which you can't escape. Truth (or relative subjective truth which appears in the four memoirs that I read this month) is interesting. The stories compel me, but they lack, by definition of reality, the beauty and symbolism of well-written fiction. Off-Season does take a leap off the page of realism at the end, but by that point I was "in," so I bought it hook, line, and sinker. This novel deals with the tragedy surrounding Lilly Constable's life -- jumping from her middle-aged years to her growing-up years and back again with a fluid motion. Because of the way the story is told, when I was halfway through I was already thinking that I should read it again to pick up on the nuance of the whole story as it's told in part. The story really is full of loss, but for some reason -- for me at least -- it was not at all sad. It was beautiful and true.

and Marley and Me by John Grogan -- Of course, everyone's heard of this story about "Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog." If you're a dog-lover, you'll enjoy this book. It's well-written, funny, and of course poignant. I'm still waiting to come across a great animal story that doesn't end -- well, you know -- the way life ends.

If you're a cat lover, you will be more interested in the next book, Dewey the Small-town Library Cat Who Touched the World, which I will review (with book or audiobook giveaway!) within the next two weeks on 5 Minutes for Books.

Dinner with Dad and the last half (from a few months ago) of the Film Club -- both of which I reviewed HERE

Much Ado about Anne, reviewed HERE

and over half of the Trouble with Boys reviewed HERE with When Labels Don't Fit, which was on my list (you can enter to win both of those titles through Sunday).

*Reading still feels like an accomplishment -- like I'm spending my time in a somewhat worthy fashion, but even more, in a way that I love. I'm choosing how I'm spending my time instead of letting my time just run away with me, and that makes me happy. So, with that in mind -- here's what's on my Nightstand for the month:

Other than the book mentioned above that I haven't finished yet, I am currently reading Beautiful Boy, which is the memoir of a father of a drug-addicted son, lent to me by my good friend Andrea.

Andrea also lent me another book, that I passed on to other friend Lee to read first since it was just sitting on my shelf, and now I have another friend telling me I must read Same Kind of Different as Me.

I'm almost finished with Lessons from the Road, so I'd like to stick with it, and get it finished soon. Non-fiction Christian books seem to be the books I most leave unfinished. Not because they don't compel me, but because there's no definite beginning, middle, or end, so no matter how much I've gleaned from

I'll also be reading

Too Small to Ignore: Why the Least of These Matters Most by the president of Compassion International.

A Christmas Carol for the Classics Bookclub and maybe

Say You're One of Them by Uwem Akpan

and perhaps Washington's Lady, although I feel like I want a lighter book somewhere in there, so who knows what novel or children's chapter book might come across my desk that I decide to dig right into.


Dianne said...

Wow, you are plowing through them! Good for you. There is something to that feeling of accomplishment that comes from having completed a book on purpose.

Katrina said...

Though I've been enjoying my reading lately, I'm not reading anywhere near the amount you are. I'm impressed!

I just saw Dewey (the cat book) at the bookstore recently and thought it looked interesting. I'll look forward to the review & giveaway.

And, argh! I completely forgot about the Nightstand carnival until I saw a reminder of it in my email this morning. :) Oh well, there's always next month.

Carrie said...

You have been working ferociously through your stack! I've enjoyed the reviews you've put up (and you're not kidding about liking the memoirs, are you?).

I'm looking forward to hearing what you have to say about Dewey!

Kimberly/Mom in the City said...

Congrats on your consistent reading! My last month has been so FULL (primarily in a good way)that my reading has taken a nosedive. I hope to be able to read/ share what I'm reading next month.

My Two Blessings said...

What an interesting collection of books. You are a reading machine. :) Have fun.

Robin of mytwoblessings

heather said...

It's nightstand time again? I need to get this going!

Michele said...

I've been wanting to read Marley and Me (I've seen it EVERYWHERE.) Too bad my to read pile is becoming monsterous! There are so many books that I want to read.

Julie said...

Looks like a good list. I've been plowing through books lately as well...well, at least the Twilight series lol. Thanks for all your great reviews and giveaways, they are awesome. :)

Nise' said...

I want to read Dewey the Small-town Library Cat Who Touched the World too! Loved Marley and Me probably cause I had a dog just like him!