on the bedside table

I mentioned yesterday in my 10 Things post that I started several different books in March but didn’t make my way through all of them.  That lack of completion isn’t a reflection of the books.  It is more a reflection of when I can read and my state of mind when I can.  For example, reading nonfiction is really hard for me to do before bed but it is customarily the best time I have to read.  If I am doing an elliptical workout, I can also read some on there (but not too fast because of the constant motion) and so I typically will read something non-fiction when I ellipsing.  But I don’t ellipse all that much and so there’s only so much I get done that way.  Because of that, I am starting April with several books underway.  Because someone asked what they were, I thought I’d share…

Currently Reading 

Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead  This is my current before bed read. The bulk of the action happens over a wedding weekend in Maine and involves all sorts of family member and friend madness.   I am enjoying it so far.

Falling Together by Marisa de los Santos  This is my current book on CD.  I listen to audiobooks in the car while commuting to and from the university.  This one is a little longer than my preferred length but it is an interesting story.

The Firestarter Sessions by Danielle LaPorte  Anyone who has read this blog for much time at all knows that I am wild about The Artist’s Way and so when FSS was described as a modern Artist’s Way, I had to check it out.  I agree with a lot of what LaPorte has to say and her voice is very direct and compelling.

Finding Your Own North Star by Martha Beck  I love Beck’s columns in O magazine and finally picked up this gem.  Really enjoying so far.

And you may recall that my goal- on this year’s birthday list- was to read 40 books– ideally 20 pleasure books and 20 professional/personal books.  I’ve complete only pleasure reads so far but am happy to share that list.

Completed Books  

The Last Letter from Your Lover by Jojo Moyes

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz

What Alice Forgot by Liana Morirarty

The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg

The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The One I Left Behind by Jennifer McMahon

Never Change by Elizabeth Berg

The Fall Back Plan by Leigh Stein

The Hypnotist’s Love Story  By Liane Moriarty

Now, how about you?  What are you reading?  What is on your to read pile?  What do you recommend?

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8 responses to “on the bedside table”

  1. Anna

    Love this! I’m currently reading the Junot Diaz book. So far, so good!!

  2. Nikki Moore

    Book lists may be my favorite thing in the world. Love seeing what you are reading and picking up some ideas for some new reads.

  3. Tami (Teacher Goes Back to School)

    i am currently reading buddhism for mothers, followed by buddhism for mothers of young children and buddhism for mothers of school children. a theme? yes. also a collection.

    reading lots of small business books and yoga for back pain.

  4. Joanne

    I love love love Marisa de los Santos’s Love Walked In and Belong to Me. When I saw Falling Together at the store I picked it up no questions asked, but I’m finding the beginning a little difficult to get into. I put it down for a little while to see if it was just timing. So instead I’m reading Jane Eyre. Other than that, I’ve been reading a lot of popular fiction lately though. I like the happy endings. 🙂

  5. Deborah

    I’m with Nikki — book lists are one of my joy triggers, so thanks for sharing yours! I’m currently reading Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead and Deepak Chopra’s Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul. I just finished a lovely little froth of a novel called Elegance, by Kathleen Tessaro and Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s lyrical-as-sunset-through-apple-blossoms Language of Flowers. Now I’m cruising for another good fiction read!

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