Tuesday, November 22, 2011

What's On My Nightstand - November 2011

Haven’t done What’s On Your Nightstand in a while, but it’s that time again over at 5 Minutes for Books.....
Here’s what I’ve been reading in November:
The Zero Game by Brad Meltzer. (F) I liked this one okay. I usually like Brad Meltzer’s books. Fast-paced, action-packed conspiracy thriller kind of stuff. 
Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer - John Grisham. (F) I liked this, too. I like John Grisham generally, and his new kid series is quite good. I read it because my grandmother gave it to my sons thinking they would like it, and I was interested, too, because I've found lots of books to like from things my son likes to read. Good intro to courtroom/detective fiction for kids, and the court procedure is explained really well for younger readers as part of the story without dragging the action down. Liked it!
Theodore Boone: The Abduction - John Grisham. (F) Second book in the series and I liked it as well as the first. 
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins. (F) I was hesitant to read this trilogy because the reviews I read said it’s pretty violent, but my oldest boy wanted to read it and I finally gave in to the book order and we’re reading it together. I finished this first book in the trilogy this afternoon, and, oh my. I like. Can’t wait until my boy gets done with Catching Fire since I’m totally hanging ready to keep going with the story. I mentioned not too long ago about my tastes in fiction, right? One of the cool things about having a kid old enough to read books I like, too, is the fun of discussing them together. We're really enjoying that. It's like having our own little book club right here at home. :-)
In process of reading:
God’s Wisdom in Proverbs - Dan Phillips. (NF) Very, very good so far. Non-fiction takes me a lot longer to read than fiction because I like to take the time to think about what I’m reading. 
Little Women - Louisa May Alcott. (F) This classic came free with my Nook, and I haven’t read it since I was a young girl, and I need something fun to read while waiting on Joshua to finish the next book in the Hunger Games trilogy, so this is it. 
Up Soon:
The World-Tilting Gospel - Dan Phillips. (NF)
Catching Fire and Mockingjay from the Hunger Games trilogy - Suzanne Collins. (F)
Les Miserables - Victor Hugo. (F). I have this on my Nook waiting until I feel ready to tackle it. I’ve meant to read it for a while now - even started it years ago, but got bogged down and never finished it. Soon......
Check out the lists over at 5 Minutes for Books.
Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!


Cozy in Texas said...

My son gave me Hunger Games to read too and it wasn't one that I thought I would enjoy but what a story!

Leslie said...

We enjoyed The Hunger Games, too.

Jennifer, Snapshot said...

I'm glad to hear your review of that Grisham series, because I've heard some not-so-good reviews, but I think it's people forgetting that it's supposed to be FOR KIDS!

Mrs. H said...

Any recommendations for a fantasy genre book/series that's appropriate for an elementary aged child? Lynn has checked out a series from the library (The Secrets of Droon), that I've been previewing, and I just feel it's too many spells and spirits. She likes those type stories, but I'm at a loss, besides the obvious Narnia. I'm not really into that type of fiction, although have been reading along with her. It is great to be able to read and discuss :)

Rebekah said...

Mrs. H - has she read the Magic Treehouse books? My boys loved them, I looked at a few but didn't read them all. They probably fit more in the time-travelling genre than fantasy, but I know my guys really liked the series in elementary school. I'll think about others,but that's what came to mind.

Jennifer - yes, those books are definitely for kids, so an adult would see them as kind of simple, but for 8-12, which is what it's geared toward, I thought they were pretty good.

Anonymous said...

I read Little Women this year and loved it! I don't know why I hadn't read it before. I have found I like most things Louisa May Alcott. I too have Les Miserables on my list. I am trying to read more classic literature. I feel the same way about Non-Fiction. I feel i need to absorb the book so I take longer. Enjoyed my visit here today!

Hellen said...

The two Theodore Boone books are on my wishlist. I've only read a summary, but they look interesting.

Cassandra said...

I love Little Women! I read it constantly as a preteen/teen and have reread it as an adult. I still love it! ;)

Happy December reading!