Tuesday, February 24, 2009

What's On Your Nightstand?

Hosted by Jennifer at 5 Minutes for Reading:

On My Nightstand:

The Sum of Our Days by Isabel Allende

Breaking Lorca by Giles Blunt

A Mad Desire to Dance by Elie Wiesel

Shelter Me by Rebecca Sawyer-Fay

Sleepwalking in Daylight by Elizabeth Flock

Tales of the Ten Lost Tribes by Tamar Yellin

Molokai by Alan Brennert

The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers

The Piano Teacher by Janice Y. Lee

Now You See Him by Eli Gottlieb

Ulysses by James Joyce (online) Gutenberg Project

The Brightest Moon of the Year by Christopher Meeks

The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff

The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker

and the 6 from last month's list that didn't arrive at the library yet:

The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill

2666 by Roberto Bolano Blue Fox by Sion

three by Le Clezio (Nobel author)

I read 12 of the 18 on last month's Nightstand. I finally actually stuck to the list, a first for me:

Mercy Among the Children***** by David Adams Richards for Canada Reads Challenge

The Elegance of the Hedgehog**** by Muriel Barbery for the Dewey Challenge

Jenford: A Short History of Upland***+ by Henrik E. Sadi

The Awakening and Selected Stories***+ by Kate Chopin for the 18th and 19th century Women Writers' Challenge

A Mercy****+ by Toni Morrison for LibraryThing and the Nobel Challenge

What Happened to Anna K.**** by Irina Reyn

The Spanish Bow***** by Andromeda Romano-Lax 554 pgs. for the Chunkster Challenge,the Themed Reading Challenge (music), and War Through the Generations Challenge

No Such Creature***+ by Giles Blunt for LibraryThing

To Siberia****+ by Per Petterson (translated from the Norwegian) for Lost in Translation Challenge

Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto (translated from the Japanese) for Lost in Translation and Diversity Challenge

The Sister**** by Poppy Adams Shortlisted for best first novel Costa Award

The Leper**** by Stephen Thayer

And I also read...

The Cellist of Sarajevo***** by Steven Galloway for the Themed Challenge (music)

A Father's Affair***+ by Karel Van Loon (translated from the Dutch) for Lost in Translation Challenge

Olive Kitteridge***** by Elizabeth Strout

The Mysteries of Udolpho***+ by Ann Radcliffe (1794) 542 pgs. (online at Book Glutton) for the 18th and 19th century Women Writers' Reading Challenge and the Chunkster Challenge

Dog On It***+ by Spencer Quinn a light but fun doggy narrated mystery

So 20 books read and no real clinkers, I'm happy. A bad month review-wise, I only posted two but chronic pain and illness make my mind mush. The stars will have to tell the story, so to speak.

What's on your nightstand?


  1. Dog On It looks like a fun read.

  2. Wow! And I thought I had a lot of books on mine. :)
    There are some great books on your list. Enjoy!

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  4. Right now I have Neil Gaiman's American Gods and Cormac McCarthy's The Road on my table.

  5. I'll look for your thoughts on *The Tales of the Ten Lost Tribes*. I loved Tamar Yellin's *The Genizah at the House of Shepher*

    You must have a big nightstand :)

  6. Sounds like a banner month with no disappointing reads. After many years of feeling like I had to finish what I started, I am finally able to put down a book that isn't good.

    Happy Reading!

  7. I'm so intrigued by the title of Tales of the Lost Ten Tribes.. I hope you post a review.. if not, a giveaway, lol! :D

    I have To Siberia and The Cellist of Sarajevo on my nightstand too, from the library. Glad to see you have high ratings for both. :)

  8. I'm in the middle of reading A Mad Desire to Dance, and so far, am liking it. I'm an avid Elie Wiesel fan.



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