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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

What's on your Nightstand?

I'm new at blogging... not so new at reading and/or cooking and/or wondering about the meaning of life. LOL
so, quite by accident, I came across this site "5 minutes for books" and there was this question/logo/whatever you call it...( I did say I was new to all this didn't I? I really should check into all this stuff before I dive right in. I hate being the newkid on the block who doesn't know what she is doing. )
What's on my nightstand?

It's a challenge! Or an invitation... to join in and blog about what's on your nightstand. So, I did. Or I am. (check it out, it's really fun!)

So...what's on my Nightstand?

well..... literally this:

After seeing the movie "Prince Caspian" last month, I went home and got all my "Narnia" books out of the closet and set them on my nightstand.
I lovingly glanced thru each one before setting it aside. (on top of "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver, which I've been meaning to read, but haven't yet.).
My husband sat in bed beside me with a bemused look on his face. He couldn't figure me out. He is not a "real" reader (only having taken it up in the past few years, as he said I've been pushing books on him--what else was he to do), so he has no love of books from his childhood. No sense of wonder and awe, about a book that "took him away". It makes me sad to think about.
But anyway, he thought it funny, that I treated them as old friends. He doesn't understand how much I loved them!!

But I see now that I'm missing #3. Which means I'll have to go open the book closet door and try to find it. I wouldn't want it to be lost. And really....in my book closet (one of many, but this being the "saved" for my grandchildren book closet) it would be easy to get lost.

I have just finished "The Great Gatsby" (it was on my nightstand yesterday) which we will be discussing at our bookclub tomorrow night. I'm really glad I read it, as I am one of the few who wasn't required to read it in highshool lit class.
When you read a classic, or I should say, when I read a classic, it takes me a chapter or two to really get into the rhythm of the language and how they wrote. But once I'm there, I really enjoy it.
It was an interesting book.... we read it as a preface to our August book "The Double Bind" by Christopher Bohjalian, as we've heard he alludes to the Great Gatsby in his book. It's also funny, that when you read a book, a classic, that then you are so aware of all the references to that book in your everyday life. Things you've probably never noticed before.
The other book I've just finished is "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak. A GREAT READ. If you haven't read it, you must. It wasn't something I would have picked up, but it was for another book club (I only belong to four)

and then my list of read books this summer is:
Death on Demand by Carolyn Hart
In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer Fleming
Sleep Towards Heaven
The Book of Joe
My Sister's Keeper
The Girls
Blind Spot
The Art of Racing in the Rain

But summer is only half over..... there is more waiting to be read.....

I can't wait till next month.


Jennifer, Snapshot said...

Fun! You don't have to know what you are doing in the blogosphere to just jump right in.

The Great Gatsby--that would be a good one for our Classics Bookclub that we are also starting on 5 Minutes for Books.

Thanks for joining in.

Lindsay said...

Go you for jumping right into the big blogosphere! I love The Chronicles of Narnia, I always notice something new when I read them again :-)

Monica said...

love Naria! welcome to the blogosphere. you're going to love it. :)

Shannon (muzbeecrazy.com) said...

I've been enjoying reading these posts all day. I do have my favorite childhood books as well. I have always loved Charlottes Web and Julie of the Wolves.
Welcome to blogging. I've only been doing this a month myself. I love it!

Tara said...

I loved The Book Thief as well. Animal, Vegetable, Mineral is a great read. Love the zucchini orzo recipe.

Nise' said...

The Book Thief is on my TBR list. I think I have it on one of my challenge lists as well.

Audra Krell said...

My Sister's Keeper is the only one I've read on your list, it's really good. Thanks for sharing the rest of your list!

Veggiemomof2 said...

My Sister's Keeper was very good & thought-provoking. Happy reading!