What’s On Your Nightstand: May 2016

What's On Your NightstandWhat’s on Your Nightstand is a monthly meme hosted by 5 Minutes for Books that summarizes what you’ve read for the month, what you’re currently reading, and what you plan to read next. It’s basically a wrap-up, though not as detailed depending on how you structure your reading wrap-ups. The meme is held the fourth Tuesday of every month. (I assume that means the last Tuesday of a month that has 5 Tuesdays.)

I’m still not sure how I’ll format these posts so I’ll continue with the format I used before.

What I read:

Books, comics, graphic novels

The Martian by Andy Weir

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

Pisces #1 by Kurtis J. Wiebe, illus. by Johnnie Christmas

From Under Mountains #1 by Claire Gibson and Marian Churchland, illus. by Sloane Leong

Monstress #1 by Marjorie M. Liu, illus. by Sana Takeda

Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill, illus. by Gabriel Rodríguez

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Jane, the Fox, and Me by Fanny Britt, illus. by Isabelle Arsenault, trans. by Christelle Morelli and Susan Ouriou

The Arrival by Shaun Tan


Modern Philosophical Paradoxes and Conundrums (newyorker.com)

Forbidden Love, and a View of Jamaica Beyond the Beaches (nytimes.com)

Is “Grit” Really the Key to Success? (slate.com)

High Maintenance (newyorker)

Moving Beyond Pain (bellhooksinstitute.com)

Donald Trump and the Authoritarian Temptation (theatlantic.com)

Barnes & Noble Founder Retires, Leaving His Imprint On Bookstore’s History (npr.org)

The Wonderful and Terrible Habit of Buying Too Many Books (publishersweekly.com)

Why Self-Compassion Works Better Than Self-Esteem (theatlantic.com)

The Aspiring Novelist Who Became Obama’s Foreign-Policy Guru (nytimes.com)

Could We Just Lose the Adverb (Already)? (vulture.com)

The Romanovs (barnesandnoble.com)


The Writer’s Panel #259: Empire (nerdist.com)

The Writer’s Panel #266: Joe Hill (nerdist.com)

BBC World Book Club: Jane Eyre (bbc.co.uk)

The Audio Book Club Meets Lab Girl (slate.com)

PubCrawl Podcast: Interview with Roshani Chokshi (publishingcrawl.com)

Design Matters: Dani Shapiro (debbiemillman.com)

The Importance of Being Dirty: Lessons from Mike Rowe (fourhourworkweek.com)

I read more when I travel. I’m glad I read those articles. I just wish I’d remembered to read the magazines I buy. I always forget them.

What I plan to read:

Well, I’m currently reading Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb and The Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz and I’d like to keep it that way until I complete Hobb’s book.


16 thoughts on “What’s On Your Nightstand: May 2016

  1. I really liked Assassin’s Apprentice. I plan on reading the second book sometime this summer. I hope it’s good. I’m weird about series, I like the first book but very rarely jump right into the second book for fear it will not live up to the first —even when the next book is readily available. It’s been a while since I read Assassin’s Apprentice, and I am just now ready to read the second book.

    The Arrival’s cover looks interesting, and the author’s name sounds familiar—not sure why, I am going to look into this book.


    1. The Arrival is such a good read. It’s all pictures, no words, but you get the gist of the story all the same.
      Assassin’s Apprentice is really good and I look forward to the second book. I tend to react like you to the last book in a series. I don’t want series to end so I tend not to read the last book.


  2. Looks like a fun list! Love the graphic novel pics- I have to read one for my challenge this year, and I have a few in mind- but if you have a favorite, I would love to hear!


    1. I’m just getting into comics and graphic novels but so far, my fav comics are Rat Queens and Saga. Locke & Key is pretty cool too. As for graphic novel, I love The Arrival by Shaun Tan, which I just read. It’s all in pictures, no words.


  3. Awesome books! I loved The Martian. I also spied in that list that you read Monstress. The art looks so amazing in that, and I can’t wait to check it out when the first volume comes out later this summer.


    1. I didn’t know the first volume will be out this summer! I’ll scoop that up too since I’ve only read the first issue so far. I prefer the volumes because I get a good bit of the story in one go. The issues are so teasing and I’m impatient. I like Monstress so far though and I agree that the art is amazing!! The story is interesting too.


  4. I tend to only read magazines when I travel (although I always read books then too). You got a lot read this month, and some of my faves too: The Martian, Harry Potter, and Jane Eyre.


    1. It’s just last year or so that I started to read magazines, though I’ve slowed down now. I tend to read more when I travel because there’s more time. I’m easily distracted when home, hence all those books and things read this month.


    1. Yea. I surprised myself this month.
      Jane Eyre was okay. It was a thought-provoking read but I thought it boring in some spots. It’s an okay read.


  5. It seems like you had a great reading month. I hope you enjoyed Jane Eyre, its on my TBR for this month. Happy reading and enjoy the new month.


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