i’ve got 6 books on my nightstand

   Posted by: liz   in books

i finished one this morning over my steaming hot cup of coffee.  i think i inhale books during the summer because i feel guilty reading for pleasure during the school year. that’s not to say i don’t read for pleasure at all – i always have a book with me when we are out and about, or on my nightstand, or when we’re done with school by 10:30 a.m…

i like to read a lot of different genres, so i think it’s completely possible to read several books at once. right now i’m reading…

~ Cradle in the Grave by Sophie Hannah. It’s okay. It’s my 4th Sophie Hannah book this summer already and while her stories hook you from the beginning, she follows a formula that is tiring by the 3rd book. I’ve been enjoying mystery-thrillers for novels lately, so it’s a nice “light” read for when I’m easily distracted (like waiting for gymnastics or play rehearsal to end…)

~ City of Refuge by Tom Piazza (author of Why New Orleans Matters). my mom recommends this book (her book club is reading it now) who got the recommendation from my brother Andrew who is living in New Orleans now. it’s fiction, but reads like an account of two actual families: one black family in the lower 9th ward, and one white family who lives in the neighborhood in which my brother currently lives. i’m waiting to find the silver lining from Katrina, and perhaps this book will produce one. or perhaps not.

Waiting for Superman by Karl Weber. the film was highly acclaimed. i didn’t see it. i’m hoping the book is just as interesting. i am curious about the success of charter schools in inner cities. i’ve heard this book lays it all out on the line. the good, the bad, and the ugly. i will probably not review it as we are not in the public school system.

Leaving Church by Barbara Brown Taylor. i finished this one this morning. i need to re-read a few of the chapters and just let them soak in. so comforting. so encouraging. i whole-heartedly recommend this one for anyone who feels stuck/stagnant/dead in the western, modern idea of church.

Blue Nights by Joan Didion. she’s a fantastic writer. but geez, this book is sad. sad. sad.

The History of the Ancient World by Susan Wise Bauer. this is one that i have to read when nobody else is around to interupt me. i have to pay close attention, take notes, and re-read a paragraph sometimes. but it’s been an interesting read. i don’t remember learning about the cultures of the beginning of human time. so far, I’m eager to learn more. since we’re using Bauer’s Story of the World Volume 1 in History next fall, i figured i should brush up on what i don’t remember learning the first time!


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i’ve read a few Sophie Hannah books
and enjoyed them for the most part

Waiting For Superman
is on my list
and that Susan Bauer book sounds wonderful

we’ve been using her Story of the World books
for our history/geography curric
and i like her writing style a lot

i don’t know
if you are mystery reader
but i’ve been reading all the MC Beaton books
i can find

thanks for the recommendations
and enjoy devouring your books!


June 7th, 2012 at 7:26 am

Agh! More books for my reading list! Mine and Henry’s nightstand are covered with books. It used to overwhelm me, now they’re just part of the decor. Right now I’m reading the Bible (in 90 day). I started on June 1 and will finish Exodus today. I’m also reading – when I have time – a book about a woman who lost her daughter to a heart defect at 6 years old (why, oh why am I reading this book?), cowritten by the 911 dispatcher that took the call the night their daughter died and how it changed his life. I need to read The Paris Wife b/c my book club meets Wednesday and that’s what we’re talking about!

Happy Reading.

June 7th, 2012 at 9:48 am

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