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Seven Books on My Bedside Table

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I am swimming in picture books right now, you guys.

To my left is a pile of Christmas picture books I’m reading in preperation for this year’s Christmas Picture Book post (previous ones here, if you’re already in the market). To my right is a basket of advance copies of books that. . . let’s be honest, have been sitting there since we moved in. Behind me is another pile of picture books and when I turned around to look at them, I realized I have no actual categorization for what they are – some to take photos of, some to read, some to take downstairs and put away. Plus some of the books we’re using for homeschool stacked up against the wall because we did geography in my office yesterday morning.

Let’s not even look at my family room which looks like my local library’s entire children section was kidnapped and brought home with me.

I don’t even know what to say about all this.

Anyway, here is a book list of seven titles I’m reading right now that are not picture books. I’ve started reading more on the Kindle app on my phone lately because Star’s room is too dark to read a physical book and I’m trying not to spend all my nursing time mindlessly scrolling through Instagram.

Of course, this also means that when I’ve put her in bed, I sometimes sit on the stairs next to her room and read . . . . a few more pages. (And by a few, I mean 20).

my current book list

After You by Jojo Moyes
This one is my highest priority right now because it took me so long to get to the top of the holds list that I know if I don’t finish, it’ll be ages before I can get my hands on a copy again. I really enjoyed Me Before You a couple of years ago, and there was no way I wasn’t going to read the sequel too.

Time at the Top by Edward Ormondroyd and Charles Geer
My mom and I are enormous fans of Gretchen Rubin and so when she recommended this book in her monthly suggestions earlier this year, my mom bought me a copy of this out-of-print children’s novel about a girl who travels back in time via the elevator in her apartment building. So far, it’s just so sweet and delightful.

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
I saw this book at a bookstore last summer and meant to read it all year, but didn’t get around to nabbing a copy until I saw it on Overdrive a few weeks ago. I’ll admit, it isn’t my favorite – more gritty than I really love – but it’s an interesting enough spin on the Wizard of Oz story that I’m determined to finish it up.

For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker
I read Jen Hatmaker’s book 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess a couple of years ago and have followed her on Facebook ever since and I think she’s basically just the funniest, nicest person alive. Her newest book switches between side-splitting hilarity and profound religious thoughts and if you think those can’t exist side-by-side, you are underestimating Jen. I love this book.

The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas
Bart and I are slowly making our way through this, listening to a chapter or so a few nights a week before we go to sleep, and it’s just a fun young adult fantasy. JoLee recommended it on the latest round of Tell Me What to Read (she said it was great if you were missing Harry Potter and. . . of course I am) and we’ve both loved it so far.

Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong–and What You Really Need to Know by Emily Oster
This was another Tell Me What to Read suggestion and I’m listening to the audioversion right now and it’s all the kinds of things I like – a first person memoir with lots of anecdotes and science.

Design Sponge at Home by Grace Bonney
Basically I think about our house all the time (because somehow a master bedroom with green carpet and orange walls isn’t my dream), and I’m reading one home decorating book after another. I have totally become my mother.

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So tell me what is on your currently reading book list! Because obviously what I need most is more books on my to-read list.

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  1. I have 27 hours left on Queen of Shadows, so that's my priority, and I also have Her by Harriet Lane and I'm listening to the audio of The Martian (the reader makes the voice even better, two thumbs up). The Burning Sky was fantastic, I burned right through that audiobook so thanks for that recommendation. Now I'm upset I have to wait for the other two.

  2. Oh my goodness, I love your photo and I am dying to get my hands on the new illustrated Harry Potter but I'm waiting to see if anyone decides to buy it for me for Christmas! I'm going to check out some of these recommendations – I'm waiting for After You on Overdrive right now 😉

  3. I loved After You. Loved it. Some people thought it was depressing but I didn't think it was any more so than Me Before You. The original book is about a vital and vigorous man who has become a quadriplegic. How is a book about grief any more depressing? Anyway, parts of it made me laugh out loud.

    I just finished "At the Water's Edge" by Sara Gruen, "Chomp" by Carl Hiassen and "Fairest" by Marissa Meyer from the Lunar Chronicles series.

    I've moved on to "In The Unlikely Event" by Judy Blume and "Inside The O'Briens" by Lisa Genova.

    1. You have to read Winter after Fairest!! It's a great conclusion to the series!! Glad to hear a positive review of After you 🙂

  4. I loved Emily Oster's book! It came out when I was pregnant and I was obsessed with it (ie driving my husband nuts quoting every statistic in it…) It's a great read! I hope you enjoy it!

  5. I'm reading The Sisters' Brothers by Patrick deWitt, at the recommendation of a classmate, and it's delightful. It's a one sitting kind of book, if I had time to read books in one sitting anymore.

  6. At your suggestion, I recently read Things a Little Bird Told Me, and I. LOVED. IT! Thanks for a great recommendation!

    I also thoroughly enjoyed Absolutely Truly, a middle grades book by Heather Vogel Frederick. It was a recommendation from Katie Gibson, who knows her stuff!!

  7. I am re-reading Harry Potter #3 for the tenth or so time… I also have The Fifth Wave, Bone Gap, The Brothers K, and The Nesting Place all on my shelf. Once I get through a few of those, I need to read Me Before You!

  8. I'm rereading Rebecca (by Daphne du Maurier) and it is even better the second time. I'm also working on Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Anderson, although I tend to read a few stories at a time from that one and then pick it back up again later

  9. I just finished Illuminae by Aime Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. It was pretty spectacular. I'm so glad you are enjoying The Burning Sky! Thanks for the shout out!

  10. I just came to your blog to look up some book suggestions, not even knowing this was your post today. Ha! Perfect timing!! Thank you!

  11. I just came across For The Love the other day when I was researching books for my book club. Glad to hear you like it…I need to check it out!

    I'm reading the Smitten Kitchen Cookbook (love it!) and From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. basil E Frankweiler, which is really cute and a super quick read.

  12. I just came across For The Love the other day when I was researching books for my book club. Glad to hear you like it…I need to check it out!

    I'm reading the Smitten Kitchen Cookbook (love it!) and From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. basil E Frankweiler, which is really cute and a super quick read.

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