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Bedside Table Snapshot

The books currently taking up residence on my bedside table: 

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stievater – I’ve put off this book for ages because it sounded too fantasy to me, but actually it’s not overly so. Also Elizabeth highly recommended it, so I gave it a chance. It’s good enough already that I want to go running in the morning just to listen to twenty minutes of it. 

The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr – I’m a Sara Zarr fan-girl for life. She just writes such amazingly good books. 

The Notorious Benedict Arnold by Steve Sheinkin – This is the author that wrote Bomb, and although this one is good, I’m not loving it like I loved Bomb. I guess I’m just more interested in the development of the atomic bomb than I am in Benedict Arnold.

Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson – I found out about this book from Landen, and it is a seriously eye-opening read. I am certain I’ll never have butter be the only processed/wrapped food I buy, but I am definitely motivated to reduce the waste we produce.

Food Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots by Nicole S. Young – Because I don’t want all my food photos to look like this, forever.

Anyone reading anything good at the moment?

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  • Reply RA April 11, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    I'm listening to The Raven Boys, too! I really like it so far.

    I'm also listening to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry for book club, and this morning on my commute, it got REALLY HEAVY very fast. But I'm pleasantly surprised by it and think I would recommend it.

  • Reply Kayla April 11, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    I'm in the middle of Requiem by Lauren Oliver right now. I know you've read and liked that series. I like it, but it's not my favorite YA book I've ever read. What I just finished that I did really like were the books The Runaway Princess and The Runaway Dragon by Kate Coombs. Not particularly deep or anything, but super fun reads.

  • Reply JoLee April 11, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    I finally picked up The Raven Boys from the library last night. I recently finished The FitzOsbornes at War, the conclusion to the wonderful Montmaray Journals.

  • Reply Tina's Blog April 11, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    So jealous of your Sara Zarr book! I just finished an ARC of A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams and am seriously finding it difficult to get into another book.

  • Reply Carole April 11, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    I'm reading The Big Picture by Dr. Ben Carson. What an inspiration he is to me. A man who grew up in the slums of Detroit and became (and still serves as) the head of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. His story and advice is inspirational. I've read big chunks to Crawford. I'm also reading The Power of Habit. Not as good as The Big Picture, but helpful.

  • Reply KT April 11, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    I'm reading: Eighty Days by Matthew Freedman about Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Blisand's race around the world.

    Lincoln's Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin I am enjoying it, but it's not nearly as quality as Bomb or Benedict Arnold. Probably because the story doesn't have as much oomph generally.

    Clementine and the Spring Trip by Sara Pennypacker. Love Clementine. So much.

    Zero Waste sounds really interesting. I'll have to check it out.

  • Reply Kayris April 11, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    I'm just starting the 168 hours book. And a book called Getting It Wrong by W Joseph Campbell about media driven myths that is really Interesting. And Rethinking Thin by Gina Kolata, not a diet book, but about the history behind diet plans, and a study comparing the Atkins diet to good old eat less/exercise more. Fiction…Heart of Mine by Amy Hatvany.

  • Reply Amanda April 11, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    I love Bea's blog, and just saw her book announcement this morning. I'm on the library waiting list 🙂

    I'm interested in that food photo book, too – there are plenty of bad ones on my blog, heh.

  • Reply Jillian April 12, 2013 at 1:25 am

    I have that same phone case! And I just finished The Pact by Jodi Piccoult. Such a good book although incredibly sad.

  • Reply Peaceful Reader April 12, 2013 at 1:30 am

    Ah, but that tomato pie was so delicious!! I am reading I, Emma Freke by Elizabeth Atkinson and Cannery Row by John Steinbeck. My two previous reads I highly recommend; Wonder by R.J. Palacio and The Humming Room by Ellen Foster.

  • Reply AEK April 12, 2013 at 2:38 am

    So many books, so little time. I put a bunch of books on hold at my library and they all came ready to check out at once! Yikes. Just finished Elizabeth Strout's latest (love her!) Burgess Boys and the Bomb by Sheinkin. Now on to Z : a novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler (enjoyable) and will soon start Wild and Dinner. I always say there are worse problems to have then to have too many books to read! Happy reading!

  • Reply Carly April 12, 2013 at 2:54 am

    I'm reading (among other things) Boys Adrift by Leonard Sax and think you in particular would find this bit of not-fiction fascinating. I'm completely hooked.

  • Reply klizbarker April 12, 2013 at 9:31 am

    I just finished a great book: Who Do You Think You Are? by Mark Driscoll. Also just finished The Twelfth Imam by Joel Rosenberg and started the second book of his Middle East thriller series – The Tehran Initiative. Really great books, and especially interesting since I live in this part of the world. 🙂

  • Reply Creole Wisdom April 12, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Love it. I'm excited to hear what you think about that food photography book. For what it's worth: that's the hardest, but more rewarding work I do. Food is no small feat!

  • Reply Audrey April 12, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    I'm currently listening to With Or Without You by Domenica Ruta. Oh my, she has a story that is unreal. My husband heard her being interviewed on NPR so told me about the book when he got home. SO GLAD HE DID. You MUST read it!!!

  • Reply Lindsay April 15, 2013 at 5:12 am

    These look interesting! I'm reading a fabulous memoir about a girl who grew up in 1970s Africa called "Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight." I'm about halfway through, but it's fascinating. And the food photography book looks so cool!

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