Tuesday, October 27, 2009

What's on Your Nightstand?

After being disappointed by several books in the last month, my list this month is a little sparse!

I've just started listening to In the Heart of the Canyon by Elizabeth Hyde.

Aside from a sex tip I could have gone my E.N.T.I.R.E. L.I.F.E. without hearing and an oddly a-tonal discription of married sex, both early on in the story, I have really enjoyed this one! I've always wanted to go white water rafting and doing so in the Grand Canyon would be a dream vacation--if it weren't for the pack of strangers who'd accompany me on a guided tour! This book is really close to the real thing.

I just finished Cloud Mountain, which was a good read--here is a link to my review.

I'm reading an old [1967] biography of the family of the Hessen royal family of Germany--the family of Queen Victoria's second daughter, Alice. This include Empress Alexandra of Russia [wife of the last Tzar who was killed by the Bolsheviks] and the grandmother of Britian's Prince Philip. I'm a royal nut, so this is right up my alley. A Hessian Tapestry by David Duff.
I'm stalled on Julie & Julie and on the Year of Living Biblically, but do pick them up from time-to-time.

Once I pay up my fines on Saturday [I'm a librarian and I can't get things returned on time!] I'll have

Rooftops of Terhan

The Girls Who Went Away

I'll likely pick up several more as the month goes on. I listen to books on cd daily as I commute 1 hour and 13 minutes each way to work and this week is a 6 day work week!

Check out more books on the nightstand at 5 Minutes for Books


Janet said...

I'm curious about Rooftops of Tehran. I've seen some good reviews!

I know what you mean about stalling out on some books. Sometimes I set them aside, and find that if I come back to them in a different season I can't put them down. Strange, the way the timing has to be right for certain books.

Carrie said...

Your books sound really intriguing. I am still curious for your thoughts on Julie & Julia and hope you enjoy Year of Living Biblically (which I thought was a hoot!).

And yes, everyone is saying wonderful things about Rooftops so no doubt you will enjoy it also.

Jennifer, Snapshot said...

I hope that you enjoy Rooftops of Tehran, and you cracked me up about the sex tip in the other book. Once you read it, it's there forever, right??

I love audiobooks. I'm listening to Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult right now.

I actually listened to the audiobook of The Know It All, AJ Jacob's first book, and it was GREAT.

Hopewell said...

Truly, there is not brain bleach strong enough to erase that one!! Happily, I saw enough promise in the book to keep on. It struck me as the sort of thing a hot-shot young editor would add to "spice up" a book. He should have been vetoed by someone farther up the food chain!

Jessie at Blog Schmog said...

Great book list. I also saw your comment about "A Severe Mercy" That book is awesome. Do you remember who it is by? I know he was a good friend of C.S. Lewis but cannot remember his name. Guess I could google it, duh!

Jeanne said...

Why have you stalled on Julie and Julia? Have I missed something here?

Hopewell said...

Severe Mercy is by Sheldon Vanauker [spelling?] former president of Indiana's own Wabash College!

Julie/Julia--I guess I should have read it first, them My Life in France. I'm finding Julie a little shrill right now. Another day, it will hit me right. I have a a lot of sympathy with her project though! I have looked longingly at some of those recipes, but I too gag at eggs in aspic!