Tuesday, May 24, 2011

What's on my nightstand -- May


Since my actual "Nightstand" is a wrought iron and wicker basket that is cute, but doesn't showcase a stack of books well, I lined up my books on my chest of drawers. The books above are books that are in progress:

Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography -- Oh, Rob Lowe, Rob Lowe. I do love him. To be honest, the St. Elmo's Fire bad boy Billy character didn't really do it for me (I was more a fan of the sensitive and underappreciated Andrew McCarthy). I'm listening to this CD as I run around in the car, and I find myself wanting to be in the car more often (without my kids), so I can listen to this truly fascinating inside look at the acting business.

Zero-Sum Game: The Rise of the World's Largest Derivatives Exchange -- My husband Terry already read this book by my bloggy friend Erika Olson of Redblog, and he doesn't think I'll like it. It's been "On my Nightstand" since February, so it's time to get it done!

Amanda and I read the first book in Aprilynne Pike's Faery series, Wings, a while ago. Somehow we missed the second book, Spells, completely even though we both liked Wings, but then I was offered a copy of the 3rd book Illusions. I just finished Spells, and Illusions arrived yesterday. Check out 5 Minutes for Books tomorrow for a giveaway of 7 books from Harper Teen (including Illusions) celebrating the Summer releases and The Dark Days of Supernatural.

Joy For Beginners -- Reading this book has reminded me just what I loved about Erica Bauermeister's first novel, The School of Essential Ingredients (linked to my review).

I accidentally left two out that weren't actually in my Nightstand/Caddy.
  • The audiobook that I'm listening to on my ipod is The Throne of Fire, the second in Rick Riordan's Kane Chronicles. The first audiobook was in the top 3 for Audiobook of the Year, deservedly. They are great audio versions, especially since the book is really a transcription of an audio that Sadie and Carter Kane have sent to someone! Amanda already finished it, and I'm 3/4 of the way through already.
  • Nerd Camp-- I'm finally doing a read-aloud with Amanda! I received this a middle grade novel for review that I thought we'd both enjoy, and I was right. It's a little younger target audience than her 12 3/4 years, but we're both liking this sweet and funny novel.

The picture below features books that I hope to get to this month.


I think it's a good mix, including some light fiction (A Pug's Tale), multi-cultural fiction which I love, and some interesting non-fiction. I forgot Just Moms: Conveying Justice in a Unjust World, which I definitely hope to get to this month.

I also think that I might listen to Daisy Goodwin's The American Heiress before the YA title pictured above, because I'm hoping to do a June giveaway for Audiobook month in June.

See what others are reading at 5 Minutes for Books the 4th Tuesday of each month!

Recently Reviewed:

Too Small to Be Big (with giveaway)
Some gardening books and supplies for families, a $250 giveaway courtesy of the Love Your Veggies crew
Splish, Splash, Splat -- a fun picture book

13 comments:

Melissa said...

third time trying this comment...

I want to read Rob Lowe's book, too. I love him on The West Wing.

Lisa notes... said...

I didn’t know Rob Lowe even had an autobiography out until I saw something you wrote about it earlier. Glad it’s good. Maybe my library will get the audiobook and I’ll give it a listen too.

Monica said...

I wish I could get my hands on some good audio books! My library has a small selection. But nothing that jumps out at me.

Jen E @ mommablogsalot said...

Rob Lowe's book looks interesting to me, it's one of the new celeb bios I've been wanting to read. going to look into Joy For Beginners now, too...

Kara said...

Great list. The Rob Lowe one sounds interesting...

Nancy said...

I've been a bit ambivalent about Rob Lowe's book. There's a long hold list at the library so I guess I'll throw my name on there.

Barbara H. said...

The Nerd Camp book sounds like something my guys would have loved when they were middle-school age.

Kim said...

The Rob Lowe autobiography is on my list of books I want to read too. I'm glad to hear that it's enjoyable. I'll have to see if I can find it on audio somewhere. Maybe I'll make it a listen while walking book. :)

Trish said...

Sounds like quite a diverse list! Erica Bauermeister's books both seem interesting - my list is getting way too long this month. :)

Cassandra said...

Happy June reading! Sounds like you have quite a varied list. :)

Rebecca said...

I haven't read any of those books, but it sounds like you've had some good reading this month.

Katrina @ Callapidder Days said...

Oh I might have to check out Nerd Camp. Looks cute. And I've been curious about the Rob Lowe book too...

Stephanie said...

I had no idea there was a Rob Lowe autobiography! The best part of any TV series is when Rob Lowe joins the cast.