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!
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