This month my reading habits have been pretty different, so I thought that I'd put more emphasis on the books that I've read this month (with of course a sneak peek of some of the titles at the top of my to-be-read pile on my nightstand).
What's so different about this month? Many (most) of the books I've read have been personal picks, not review titles for 5 Minutes for Books. And I liked it.
Books I read just because I wanted to:
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6) -- reviewed HERE
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier (this was for the Classics bookclub at 5 Minutes for Books -- next week you can still join us -- but I read those books because I want to/think I should).
A Thousand Splendid Suns (yes, finally -- I read it!! I enjoyed it, but still think that The Kite Runner was better)
Julia Child's My Life in France, because I read Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously years ago and am really excited about the movie, which is also based on this book (I was already half-finished with this one)
Semi-personal picks that I finally got to (from the Amazon Vine program):
The Truth about Truman School
When You Reach Me (both of these tween reads were excellent, and I'll be posting reviews soon)
In the Sanctuary of Outcasts: A Memoir
Review titles read:
Blue Like Playdough by Tricia Goyer (linked to my review -- loved this book and you can enter to win!)
Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner (review and giveaway will post Monday 8/3)
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE reviewing books at 5 Minutes for Books. I enjoy the variety of titles I'm offered that I might never pick up on my own, and I get a kick out of reading books before they're released, but it was fun to just read some "want tos" instead of "have tos" as well (if my biggest problem in life is that I "have to" read some books, I don't have much to complain about, do I?).
On the top of the pile:
Because a friend has passed on a couple of books that I can't wait to read (America America by Ethan Canin and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society), and because Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is finally out in paperback, and I bought it, but it might not be able to sit patiently at the bottom of the sack for long (where it's hidden from Amanda so she won't start begging), I'm going to be trying to do some more personal reading this month as well -- although I have to say my review pile is burgeoning. There are many novels that I can't wait to read there either. I'm not sure what order I'll get to them, but these are ones that I've just started this week.
The Triumph of Deborah by Eva Etzioni-Halevy
Hungry Monkey: A Food-Loving Father's Quest to Raise an Adventurous Eater
The Last Days of the Lacuna Cabal -- I didn't know anything about this book except that it was supposed to be quirky and literary. We'll see how it goes. I'm supposed to review it soon, so I'm going to try to read it after those two.
What's on your nightstand? Let me know in the comments or click over to 5 Minutes for Books and join in the fun there.