Tuesday, October 26, 2010

What's on my Nightstand -- October

These books are literally on my nightstand -- right beside my bed or in my little book bag that I carry from room to room. I'm in the process of reading each of them.


In addition to that, I have a couple of audiobooks going, a wonderful rendition of author Pat Conroy's years teaching on a poor remote island in Carolina (South? North?), The Water Is Wide: A Memoir It is an excellent audio version -- one of my favorite listens of all time).

The Red Blazer Girls: The Vanishing Violin, a Cybils Middle Grade nominee.

My goal is to finish up the above titles, as well as read The Heroine's Bookshelf: Life Lessons, from Jane Austen to Laura Ingalls Wilder.

I also need to read at least 20 more of the titles on the Cybils nominee list (I'd like to tackle more like 30, and since I can often easily read one in a day, this is possible). I've been reading a lot, but I go so quickly through some of the these short middle grade novels, that it doesn't feel like I've been reading a lot. I will be working up some reviews, and of the 19 books I've read (some I had read previously), 90% have been really delightful and enjoyable.

Take a look at the nominee list. I've no doubt that the shortlist which we are charged to come up with by December 31 will be phenomenal, but even the nominees have something for everyone.

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14 comments:

Barbara H. said...

Falling Home and Heroine's Bookshelf sound really good.

Janet said...

Yes, The Heroine's Bookshelf sounds like one I want to investigate!

My husband's family had a "no singing at the table" rule. I thought for sure they were the only ones ever. :-)

morninglight mama said...

Oh my- those are some serious numbers of books!! The whole Cybils gig is just fabulous! :)

Amy said...

I have a few of Adriana Trigiani's books on my shelf waiting to be read! Have heard great things about them.

This is my fist link-up for What's On Your Nghtstand! So glad I found it! I love reading about what others are reading!!

Carrie said...

Heroine's Bookshelf definitely has appeal! I'll look for your thoughts on that one!

Cassandra said...

Running the Books sounds fascinating! I've never seen such a premise. Happy reading!

Jennifer said...

The Heroine's Bookshelf sounds good. I might have to check it out.

mommablogsalot said...

I don't think I've heard of any of these but they all sound very interesting!

Tonia said...

I'd never heard about The Water is Wide until I saw it mentioned last week. This is the second time I've heard about it. Must be a sign, so I better add it to my reading list!

Nise' said...

I saw Dear George Clooney: Please Marry My Mom on the library shelves and did not pick it up. I would have if I'd known it was nominated.

Cindy said...

Don't sing at the Table looks good...I really liked her other books!

Lisa notes... said...

Running the Books sounds very intriguing. I’ll look forward to what you have to say about it. Thanks for the audio book tip. I love a good audio book!

Beth said...

I will checking out The Water is Wide--sounds great!

bekahcubed said...

I'll have to see if I can find Don't Sing at the Table. My grandpa's saying was "If you sing at the table, you'll get married before you're able"--and with ten daughters, he had a few desperately singing once they reached a certain age!