Tuesday, February 24, 2009

My Nightstand -- February

Whew -- another busy month on the Nightstand. Last month I wrote about some ambitious reading plans for this month. Well, I read most of those books (and a few extras that did end up sneaking into the pile as I anticipated they might), but I didn't read all of them.

I am partway into two that were on last months' list:
Waiting to Score, a YA novel
The Laws of Harmony

One I didn't get to is Why Women Should Rule the World. It's first on my non-fiction list. It just got pushed aside -- but not from lack of interest.

I really enjoyed Madeleine L'Engle's Meet the Austins: The Austin Family Chronicles, Book 1, so I'm hoping to continue with book 2, The Moon by Night. I'll probably do one review at 5 Minutes for Books of the two books together.

You Remind Me of Me -- I read a few pages of this last month, and love the writing, but some other deadlines caused me to put it aside. I look forward to picking it back up.

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese -- I had been really looking forward to reading this, but for some reason it hasn't been calling out to me. . . and it's long, so it's quite an investment. We'll see.

My Little Red Book -- an anthology of stories about first periods. Sounds interesting, huh? It makes me smile just thinking about it. This will be posted in early March on 5 Minutes for Mom, with giveaways.

Daisy Chain by Mary DeMuth

I also have the opportunity to judge the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards, so I have two weeks to read and judge 40 ten-page excerpts. That will be fun, but also work, so I have a feeling I won't read as many other books as I hope to.

However, some that I would like to read if possible are:
Sixtyfive Roses: A Sister's Memoir
The Red Leather Diary: Reclaiming a Life Through the Pages of a Lost Journal
Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven

I love writing up this post each month. Since I do have deadlines and commitments as far as reviews, it helps focus my reading. I don't write it in stone, because even though I'm a semi-professional reader (HA!), I still read based on mood. However, regardless of what I end up choosing to read, making this list reminds me that there are SO many books out there that I want to read, and reminds me that I'd generally rather read than doing other things.

See what else people are reading the fourth Tuesday of each month at 5 Minutes for Books.


Carrie said...

LOL on the professional reader bit. I was contacted by one of our friends in the publishing company this week due to an "emergency book review!" THAT was a lot of fun to play with! =D (Betcha didn't know you could have review emergencies, did you?!) Very fun.

Michele said...

I recieved a copy of Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven last week...but didn't list it on my post for this month. It sounds interesting, I'm looking forward to reading it too!

Janet said...

That's a great title, 'Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven.'

I read some L'Engle this month too and really enjoyed it. It was the perfect time for it.

The 'Little Red' book is an interesting idea.

Great list.

Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

What fun to be a "semi-professional reader"!!! ; )

Great list, Jennifer! I haven't read any of your titles, so I'm eager to add more to my TBR list once I read your reviews!

Trish said...

What an intriguing list! I didn't mention in my post that I actually read several of the books people mentioned in last month's WOYN - maybe that's what I'll do for next time.

stephanie@{Olive Tree} said...

I just finished Daisy Chain for review and am still not sure what I think of it. I guess I need to figure that out before I have to post on it next week! :)

Impressive list, of course! Looking forward to what you think of the L'Engle books!

Julie said...

I've always wondered about "professional readers" and whether or not you ever just want to read based on your mood instead of what you have been assigned to read. Looks like a great list, can't wait to see the reviews. :)

Margot said...

What a good list. The only problem with this monthly meme is that I have a huge list of books I want to read based on other's lists. But it's so much fun to peek at the nightstands.

gail@more than a song said...

I almost always read based on mood! I think it might be hard for me to read something if I had to do it. Most of the ones on your list are books I'm not familiar with yet!

carma said...

I'm a "mood reader" as well :-) The Amazon judging opportunity sounds like a nice treat. Enjoy!
Think I'll hold off on reading the Little Red Book until I catch your review ;-)

ibeeeg said...

I read Love Letters by M. L'Engle this past month and very much liked it (will post about it this week) so the book Meet the Austins sounds great...need to put that one on my TBR list.

Really like your list!

Lindsay said...

You have quite a list there :-).. Writing for this carnival really helps me focus as well.

Robin of My Two Blessings said...

I am a mood reader as well. I just added "Undress Me" to my wish list. Looks good. Have fun with the judging for Amazon. It will be interesting to hear what you have to say about it.

Bluestocking said...

I need to read this other series by L'Engle


Katrina said...

Didn't quite get around to doing a Nightstand post, but I'm reading Daisy Chain right now and I think it's really good. My reading's been pretty slumpy this year, though -- I've only read 3 books so far in 2009. Yikes.

Nise' said...

I was just reading about My Little Red Book on another blog and thought it sounded like a fun read!

Kipi said...

I've read A Wrinkle in Time and want to read the rest of that series, but this L'Engle series will eventually make it to the top of the list, too.

A great list!