Monday, April 27, 2009

Nightstand -- April

Before I get to my list of reading goals for this next month, here are some reviews I've recently published:

First, it's been fun posting new giveaways each day in the 5 Minutes for Books Mother's Day Giveaway. You can enter through Thursday to win any or all of these books. I personally reviewed a couple of books over there, but check out the whole list.

And I posted the very first entry in the 5 Minutes for Mom Mother's Day Giveaway -- for a programmable Crock-Pot Smart-Pot. Check out that contest, and all the others as well.

The Red Leather Diary

The Spare Wife

I read several more books on my list from last month, but the reviews haven't published yet.


Rose House -- by Tina Forkner -- I'm halfway through this now, and I'm enjoying it.

The Great Gatsby -- just starting this for Classics Bookclub on May 5 over at 5 Minutes for Books

Everyone is Beautiful -- This is for 5 Minutes for Books. We are mixing up our Classics Bookclub a bit by adding in some current fiction works. Join us on June 2 to discuss this great book.

A Thousand Splendid Suns--I still haven't gotten to this, but I'm hoping to get started soon. Really.

Rooftops of Tehran

Invention of Hugo Cabret (currently in progress -- with Amanda for Read Together)

Dating da Vinci


The Purpose of Boys: Helping Our Sons Find Meaning, Significance, and Direction in Their Lives by Michael Gurian

The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child by Donalyn Miller

Dear Mom: Everything Your Teenage Daughter Wants You to Know But Will Never Tell You by Melody Carson

Take Joy: A Writer's Guide to Loving the Craft by Jane Yolen

Check out what everyone else around the blogosphere is reading the fourth Tuesday of every month at 5 Minutes for Books' What's on Your Nightstand.


Susan said...

Okay, after reading your list I'm feeling inadequate :) I will be interested to read the conversation about Gatsby ... I don't think I've read it since high school, and I think it would mean a lot more to me now (maybe I'd finally understand the symbolism??)

Amy said...

You're reading (or planning to read) some interesting nonfiction picks. I'll have to bookmark your list, or at least be sure to read the reviews. : )

Carrie said...

You have some interesting stuff on your Nightstand this month. It's fun to read through your list.

Kimberly/Mom in the City said...

Every time that I read your lists, I get inspired to find more time to read more than non-fiction. Thanks for sharing!

This month, I read 2 "green-themed" books and one on handling meltdowns.

Barbara H. said...

Wow, that is a very full and varied list! I would have loved to have has the Book Whisperer and The Purpose of Boys when mine were younger.

Lori said...

My daughter is getting close to the teenage years, so I'm thinking the Dear Mom book needs to be added to my nightstand!

mountainsofbooks said...

I want to read A Thousand Splendid Suns too, but I've told myself I'm going to read The Kite Runner first.

Rooftops of Tehran also sounds interesting. You've got a big list!

Robin of My Two Blessings said...

I like your choice for nonfiction books. I'll have to look into "The Purpose of Boys." We've been reading "Raising a Modern Day Knight" and found it be very insightful.

LuAnn said...

I really liked A Thousand Splendid Suns. Your non-fiction looks interesting. I will have to check the library for some of those.

Kipi said...

As always, an inspiring list! I'm interested in Take Joy and may need to check that one out. I want to read both of Khaled Hosseini's books, but they are way down on the list.

Katrina @ Callapidder Days said...

Looks like lots of good books on there. I had to read Great Gatsby in ninth grade and can still remember all of our class conversations about it.

jen said...

I've read The Great Gatsby twice. In school and later as an adult. The second time was like the first. I got so much out of it then.
A Thousand Splendid Sons is a great book.
Great list.