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Bedside Table Snapshot

Eight great books to check out

Or more accurately “beside table, coffee table, kitchen table, purse snapshot” because my books are always scattered all over the house.

But I think books are lovely decorations so it doesn’t bother me. Except when I’m already in bed and then realize the book I want most in the entire universe is downstairs.

Aside from trillions of picture books, here are the more-than-40-page-books I’m in the middle of right now:

168 Hours: You Have More time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam
After I read All the Money in the World earlier this year, I checked this one out to re-read it. I loved it last time and I’m loving it this time – it’s just such a fascinating topic and I love Laura Vanderkam’s writing.

In Honor by Jessi Kirby
This YA roadtrip book is actually on a bit of a hiatus right now because the copy I checked out from the library was missing about 40 pages in the middle, so I’m waiting for a new copy to arrive. But obviously I was enjoying it enough that I didn’t just give up when I found out I had a defective copy.

The 10 PM Question by Kate De Goldi
This one was recommended to me by Striking Keys and I’m almost half-way through, but I’ve kind of stalled out on it and haven’t made any progress on it in weeks. It’s maybe just a little bit too much on the quirky side for me.

A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall
This is a YA romance told from 14 different points of view (one of them is the squirrel on campus!) and I’m finding the audio version quite delightful.

Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World by Gary Vaynerchuk
I debated whether to even put this one on the list because I’ve only read about two pages of it and then got side-tracked, but it’s still sitting on my bedside table and I still kind of intend to read it and I get to make the rules around here, so it’s going on the list.

A Cricket in Time Square by George Selden
I’m reading this one aloud to Ella – I’ve never actually read this one! We only started it this week, so we we’re only a few chapters in, but it’s very sweet. Also, I have never not loved Garth Williams’ illustrations.

My Berlin Kitchen: A Love Story, with Recipes by Luisa Weiss
You show me a book about food, and I’ll show you a book I want to read. I requested a half dozen or so cookbooks from the library last week, but this is the only one that’s really more of a book than a cookbook.

More than Happy: The Wisdom of Amish Parenting by Serena B. Miller and Paul Stutzman
Tina recommended this book to me and since I can never resist a parenting-in-other-cultures book, I snatched it right up from my library. It’s totally fascinating and so sweet.

Anyone reading anything great? I’m picking up a bunch of holds at the library this week, so I have plenty of extra spots itching to be filled immediately (if I haven’t maxed out my holds at the library, I feel like I’m doing something wrong).

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  • Reply MommySizedHeart April 15, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    I have a few more days until The Wisdom of Amish Parenting is available for checkout. I'm super excited to read it!

  • Reply Feisty Harriet April 15, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    168 Hours is rising to the top of my To Read pile and I can't wait to tackle it!


  • Reply kelsey April 15, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Read Delicious! by Ruth Reichl. It's her first novel as opposed to a food memoir and it was one of the best books I've read in forever. If you love food and history, you'll love this.

  • Reply KT April 15, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    I just finished the newest Penderwick book. Have you read any of those? Super delightful. (start with first though). I am also reading Elizabeth Wein's newest: Black Dove, White Raven which is definitely not Code Name Verity, bit is still pretty excellent.

  • Reply Paige Flamm April 15, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    I'm in the middle (AKA in the first quarter…), of Unbroken right now… but I'm sure you've probably read that months ago!

  • Reply Mary April 15, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    Currently listening to Something Borrowed and am finishing it only because I hate to not finish a book. Reading Revenge Wears Prada and just got my ebook hold in for Yes Please by Amy Poehler. Can't wait to start that one! Just finished Still Alice a couple weeks ago and am still on a "reading high" from how amazing it was.

  • Reply Emma April 15, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    I really think you'd love Packing for Mars by Mary Roach – lots of funny stories about the science done for the space race. Roach has a very personal and witty voice. I'm even managing to listen to her audiobook "Stiff" which is about contributions of dead bodies to society (e.g. car crash testing, forensic science etc). Another popular non-fiction I read and loved this year was "The Wife Drought" by Annabel Crabb, but that's an Aussie book so not sure your library would have it. Other than that the best books I've read recently have been Rainbow Rowell's but I got her name from you 🙂

  • Reply Caitlin April 15, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    I have the Pioneer Girl: The Autobiography of Laura Ingalls Wilder and Keepers: Two Home Cooks Share Their Tried-and-True Recipes checked out right now. Loving both!

  • Reply Alysa Stewart April 17, 2015 at 1:53 am

    My reading for tonight is Firefight by Brandon Sanderson. Yay! The first book (Steelheart) was so good.

    I can't remember how I heard about 168 Hours (I thought it was from you Janssen, but I guess not!) Anyway, I didn't make it all the way through, but decided to follow Laura Vanderkam on twitter and have enjoyed that.

    Also on my bedside table is Design Mom's book How to Live With Kids: A Room-by-Room Guide. Fantastic.

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