What’s On Your Nightstand: September 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 last Tuesday of every month.

It’s back to school season, which means a busy schedule for me though I’m not in school and do not have kids and do not work directly with schools. But due to a packed schedule, my reading has slowed a little…or maybe it seems that way because I have less items on my list of completed reads since I didn’t read any comics this month. Hmm…anyways, here’s what I completed since I last did this post.

Books read:

The Life of ElvesThe Life of Elves by Muriel Barbery is a well-written, lyrical fantasy novel about two girls who must use their unique powers to save the world. I admired the writing but wasn’t much interested in the story. However, I would like to try another of Barbery’s books.

When Hitler Took Cocaine and Lenin Lost His Brain

When Hitler Took Cocaine and Lenin Lost His Brain: History’s Unknown Chapters by Giles Milton is a nonfiction book of short essays on little-known facts in history. It’s quite an interesting read and is very entertaining.

The Sound of All Things

The Sound of All Things by Myron Uhlberg, illus. by Ted Papoulas, is a short, heartfelt illustrated children’s book about a boy describing the sound of things to his deaf father. I enjoyed it and really liked the illustrations.


Lucy by Randy Cecil is a fun illustrated children’s book about a homeless dog and the little girl who feeds her. This one crept up on me. I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone2

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling, narrated by Jim Dale. Life is being annoyingly difficult at the moment so I needed a dose of Harry Potter to pull me through. Listening to the audio book was delightful. It’s the first I’d done so and was surprised to enjoy it. Dale does a great job narrating it though I don’t like the voice he sometimes uses for Hermione. Also, Hagrid pisses me off sometimes. I mean, he let a bunch of first years clean up his dragon situation for him. Really Hagrid?! Really!

By the way, I did the Patronus test TWICE and got myself a wild boar and basset hound. I like the wild boar. It means I’m crazy and tasty (probably not a good thing this last one).

That’s all I read. I didn’t read any articles that stood out because I don’t recall them. As for podcasts, I’m currently listening to Welcome to Night Vale, which is bizarre but I love it, and Writing Excuses.

Currently reading:

Assassin's QuestAssassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb, which I’m buddy reading with Emily from Embuhlee liest. We’re almost done with the book and OMG! I’m on edge. I wonder how it will all wrap up.


Cress by Marissa Meyer, the third book in the Lunar Chronicles series. I’m tempted to DNF this. I don’t think I like this sort of YA, meaning the romance heavy ones. In a way, the story is kind of cheesy now because all the characters are paired up and they’re soooo into each other. Ugh! (rolls eyes) Also, it bothers me in YA romance that once characters get strong romantic feelings for someone, it’s because they’re in love and it’s accepted and decided that they will be together forever and ever and ever… Isn’t this misleading? Not saying this doesn’t happen but shit, if it’s not a stupid love triangle, it’s the characters assuming they are in love and will be together forever. 😦 Also, Levana sucks and I don’t like Wolf and I prefer Cinder and Thorne together because he annoys her and I find that funny and I really want to like Cress but I don’t know what to think of her and Scarlet still annoys me. Hmpf! End of rant.

Thunder & Lightning

Thunder & Lightning: Weather Past, Present, Future by Lauren Redniss is an illustrated nonfiction book about the weather. It’s an easy read and though the illustrations are simple, I really like them.

I hope to finish all three of these this week though I will be crazy busy. But where there is a will, there is a way. I have a will. Just need to find the way.

So, what you been up to?

20 thoughts on “What’s On Your Nightstand: September 2016

        1. Same here. I don’t like to skim read but I’d already started to lose interest. If I didn’t skip those mushy parts, I’d have to DNF it.


    1. Well with Cress, I’m in the middle. I wouldn’t mind it much if it wasn’t so clean cut in the romantic pairings. Some complexity there would be nice. It just seem that with each book a new character and a new romance will pop up and some how all these characters who all believe all the wrongs in the world are their fault will somehow resolve everything.
      Oh! what was your Patronus?

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      1. Yeah i get that- I want crazy sky it when they did that with scarlet. I just happened to really like cress in this one and I love thorne. I got an ocicat, which was pretty damn accurate since I’d share thought it would be an ocelot (which want an option) 😁


        1. Lol that’s a cool Patronus. My wild boar makes me think of Pumbaa from the Lione King.
          As the Cress book, I just finished it and end up liking it once I skipped all the cheesy romance parts.

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  1. I haven’t read The Life of Elves yet, but I have it on my nightstand as well! I really loved The Elegance of a Hedgehog and waited for what seems like years for The Life of Elves to be translated into English! I’m sorry you didn’t love it, but I hope you do give Hedgehog a chance.


    1. I’d like to try the Elegance of a Hedgehog a couple bloggers have said it’s much better than Life of Elves but I’d like to read it just to sample more of her writing.


  2. Hey,
    What i been up to is, travelling, yay love that,
    Dealing with bureaucracy, boo, just love those authoritarians!
    Trying to remember this, what i want is ‘that’
    i want that because in the belief of obtaining ‘that’, it will feel good, now if i can think of anything that feels good, now i have what i want.
    Hardly any reading, just a little more lord jim,
    Man that guy can write!
    Thinking maybe to read those next two issues of saga though, their making such a raucous, noisy little upstarts they are!

    Cheers crazy 💃


        1. Sounds fun. From that emoticon, it seems that you took a rocket to get back. I’ll choose to believe that. Sounds way cool. 🙂


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