Tuesday, January 27, 2009

What's On Your Nightstand - January

It is the fourth tuesday of the month which means it time for What's on Your Nightstand hosted by Jennifer at 5 Minutes for Book

Jennifer says "I love everyone's excitement about posting and reading around in this monthly carnival. I know — it's a dangerous exercise, and I appreciate all of you who take the risk each month of exposing your to-be-read pile (which if it's anything like mine, doesn't always adhere to your goals). Even riskier, some of you are willing to read others posts, opening yourself up to finding even more lovely books worthy of attention."

I cleaned up my nightstand a couple days just to make it presentable for you all. There were books heaped in, on, and around it and was looking kind of messy. I found several books I had already read but not moved to the bookshelves, so took care of that. Not the nightstand is more organized and less cluttered and makes me feel a whole lot better. Some books won't fit such as War and Peace or Wall of Phantoms because they are just way to0 large. The rest of the classics are in the bookshelves in the living room

I have a combination of nonfiction and fiction books from several genres including christian, romance, mysteries, suspense, science fiction and classics. A little bit of this and a little bit of that. I've been trying to be good and restrain myself from buying more books until the majority of these are read. I've only added 3 new ones to the pile including Stephen king's "Duma Key", Hannah Alexander's "Safe Haven" and Debra Webb's "Find Me." However, my wish list has grown quite long.

I am doing several challenges (see my list of books here, includes links to reviews) including Winter Reading Challenge of which I've read 16 out of 26 books so far. I'm concentrating on reading the books from my winter reading list, before moving to the rest.

I just finished reading "Kiss" by Tedd Dekker and Erin Healy and thoroughly enjoyed it. Will be writing up a review soon, but just want to say it is well done, keeps your imagination engaged and the pages turning to see what is going to happen next.

Looking forward to reading these books:
James received Mysterious Benedict Society from Santa for Christmas, but it looks like I'll be reading it first. I picked up many of these books, such as The Book Thief and The Graveyard Book on recommendations from other bloggers. I've been reading books by Terri Blackstock for years, but Susan Meissner ("The Shape of Mercy"), Brandilyn Collins ("Coral Moon") and Colleen Coble ("Dangerous Depths" of the Aloha Reef Series) are recent discoveries. I picked up "Fireproof" after hearing about the movie and look forward to reading it.

I picked out the classics "The House of Dries Drear" by Virginia Hamilton, "The House of Mirth" by Edith Wharton and "The Uncommon Reader" by Alan Bennett in honor of the Dewey's Book's Reading Challenge.

I also have one nonfiction book (my water closet book - otherwise wouldn't find the time to read it) that I'm currently reading called "How to Read a Book" by Mortimer Adler. I picked it up a few years back and skimmed it, but never took the time to read it in depth. It is interesting and informative to say the least.

With so many books to read and engage my brain, I rarely watch tv anymore, except for Numbers, of course. To find out what is on everyone's nightstand and find even more books to add to your wishlist and TBR piles, head on over to Jennifer's

So, what's on your nightstand?

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