On my Nighstand update

 Here’s a little update for those who like to read.

As some of you know, a few weeks ago I was starving for a good book when I suddenly had a plethora of books to choose from. Maybe it was this abundance of books that has made me soo choosy, but I started reading two books this week and put them down. Actually since both are library books I returned them.

I loved Julie Kramer’s first book “Stalking Susan” but when I picked up her second book, “Missing Mark” I was bored to tears.

I don’t think I mentioned this in my last post, but I also received “In the Woods” by Tana French. I was haunted by her book “The Likeness” and still think about it, but this one just didn’t grab me. I got to page 34 or so and decided I just didn’t want to read a book that began with the murder of a girl. I’ve read enough of those and, in fact, written enough true stories as a journalist about this to have had my share for awhile. In addition, the storyline and main character wasn’t as compelling to me as the heroine in The Likeness.

So those two books were returned to the library without me finishing them.

On a happier note, I finished and adored “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins and eagerly await the sequel. I am very far down a list at the library to receive it.

I also really enjoyed Zoe Heller’s “The Believers.”

I just started “Sarah’s Key” which was on my nighstand in my earlier post and so far so good.

Any good reads you would recommend?

So far in the past year, I would have to say these are my all-time favorite books I have read:

(Keep in mind I do have a bad memory and these are just ones I remember off the top of my head.)

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

The Likeness by Tana French

The Twilight series (yep, all of them) by Stephanie Meyer

*** Today I am heading to the library to pick up a copy being held of Nina Garcia’s The Style Strategy, a less-is-more approach to staying chic and shopping smart. I really liked her Little Black Book of Style, so this should be fun.

6 thoughts on “On my Nighstand update”

  1. Every chance I get, I give the highest recommendation for Kazuo Ishiguro’s “Never Let Me Go.” It’s one of the most thought-provoking books I’ve ever read. Last year I read Tracy Chevalier’s “Burning Bright.” I really like her historical fiction. Because I love the TV show Mad Men, I read Richard Yates “Revolutionary Road” but was a little disappointed. Mark Twain’s “Joan of Arc” is also a great read.

    1. Thanks everyone for the book recommendations. I have written them down in my “to read” list.
      Eurochic, I guess I thought Style Strategy was a little lightweight and really advice I’ve heard a million times in other ways. I was glad I just checked it out from the library, because it isn’t a book I would keep. I did, however, like how she advocated for fewer skin products and inxpensive cosmetics …

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