It has been a great long while since I’ve posted a Nightstand post, and my booklists were long overdue for updating, so I thought I’d jump back in this month. Rather than rehash everything I’ve read since then, I thought I’d pick a few of my favorite reads since I last posted a summary in January.
Hmmm. This is hard. I’ve read some really good books over the past few months–books that are very different from one another. I think I’ll divide them up into categories:
Nonfiction: My favorite nonfiction selection over the past few months is Mornings on Horseback. I am proud of myself for sticking with it and reading almost this entire book, and I enjoyed it immensely. Teddy Roosevelt was an amazing fellow, and I still remember and recount to others tales of his voracious reading or of his unique personality.
Adult Fiction: I’ve only read two selections in this category since January, and I have to give them both high marks. The first, A Tale of Two Cities, is another of those I’m glad to have finally read. However, beyond being able to simply say “I read it!”, I’m genuinely happy to have read this story because it is very good. The second, At Home in Mitford, is yet another one of those that I’m glad to have finally read. I can’t believe it took me this long to read it, and I look forward to reading more about the good folks of Mitford.
Juvenile/YA Fiction: Is it okay if I pick three favorites for this category? Good. 🙂 The Hunger Games knocked me off my feet. I can’t wait to read the next installment of the series, but I’m trying to hold out until closer to the time that the third book in the series is set for release. (I think that’s August.) Leaving Gee’s Bend is a book by an Alabama author that I immensely enjoyed, not just for the story and my familiarity with it, but also for the sheer beauty of the writing. I give it a Highly, Highly Recommended! Last, The Door in the Wall is one of those books I should’ve read long before now, but I’m sort of glad I had to enjoy it for the first time as an adult and really get it. I look forward to sharing this one with my children.
I’ve discarded a lot of books over the past few months–I’ve been hard to please. However, I’ve also read a bunch of keepers, so it all evens out, I guess.
As for what’s currently on my nightstand, I’ve been enjoying The Story of the Trapp Family Singers. I’m almost finished with it, and unless something more exciting happens in the next day or two, I hope to review it here this week. After that, I hope to tackle something for the Spring Reading Thing challenge. Given my finicky state of mind, I would hesitate to say exactly what I’ll read next.
Looking at my list, it looks like I haven’t been reading much at all in the way of chapter books to my girls, but I really have. We’ve just been reading long books! We’re currently enjoying The Secret Garden, and I’m trying desperately to finish it with them before the advent of the DLM. I’m not sure what we’ll pick up in the post-partum. Stay tuned!