Wednesday, October 29, 2008

What's on my Nightstand: October

Here's what I planned to read last month, let's see how I did:

Sweethearts (Sara Zarr) Loved it. Reviewed it.
Cures for Heartbreak (Margo Rabb) Still on the stack.
Attack of the Theater People (Marc Acito) Loved it. Couldn't review it due to a conflict of interest.
The Year of Magical Thinking (Joan Didion) Had to return it to the library unread, alas. I'm not doing very well on my New Classics list.
Blue Genes (Christopher Lukas) Read half of it. Set it aside for now.
My Father's Paradise (Ariel Sabar) Reading it right now. Loving it!
The Longest Trip Home (John Grogan) Read half of it. Decided not to finish it. Read another review and changed my mind.

I also read some other stuff, and I could link to the reviews here or you could just scroll down the page and there they'd be, like magic!

Currently on my nightstand: Breakfast in Bridgetown, which I reviewed but am still savoring one breakfast at a time and My Father's Paradise.

I have a huge pile of books to read. Next on my list:

The Gargoyle (Andrew Davidson) : Many people loved this. I'm sitting on a library copy that's due November 12th, so I hope to be able to finish it by then.
The Adoration of Jenna Fox (Mary Pearson) : On my Mock Printz Award list, and due at the library November 22.
Little Brother (Cory Doctorow) : Also on the Mock Printz Award list. I was hoping to put this one off til last because it's not my favorite genre of YA but it's also due back on the 22nd. Hopefully it will suprise me. Or enough people will return their copies by then that I'll be able to renew it after all.
And, again, Margo Raab's Cures for Heartbreak, which I really hope to get to this month.

Here's how my kids and I did:

Maze of Bones (Rick Riordan) Finished it. Haven't reviewed it yet. My kids liked it a lot, I thought it was just OK.
Peak (Roland Smith) We're about halfway through.
Night of the Howling Dogs (Graham Salisbury) Haven't gotten to it yet, and it's no longer next on our list because we must read...
Sea of Monsters (Rick Riordan): We went to see Rick give a reading and it motivated my kids to want to get back to this one, which we paused in the middle of this summer when it wouldn't renew. So we'll read it first, as soon as we finish Peak, which is good but slow going, as you might expect when reading a YA novel to an 8 year old.

What's on Your Nightstand is a monthly carnival hosted by 5 Minutes for Books. Click on the link to participate.


  1. I liked Little Brother - even stayed up half the night to finish it.

  2. Oh, good to hear, Lenore! Thanks!

  3. It looks like you'll be busy for a while.

  4. I felt the same way about Blue Genes...I did finish it but wrote a pretty poor review. I hate not to finish a book, but that one was close.

    On your TBR pile...I was not as thrilled as most with The Gargoyle

  5. I have Adoration of Jenna Fox on my nightstand as well. Looking forward to it!