Wednesday, April 20, 2011

What's on the Nightstand? #39-#43

    Hey folks! And huge welcome goes out to our new #28 country Iran. Thanks for visiting the blog and I hope you enjoyed it so much you'll stop by again soon. As of Wednesday, the blog is only 100 away from reaching that next goal of 2000 so spread the word and forward the link to your friends. Most exciting of all, the end of the week will bring on the third sneak peek so be on the lookout for it.
    If you live in the south, then I have to say hope you're dry because we haven't been in days. *Bleh* Every time I stick my head out the door it's raining. Last night, the storms blew in with a vengeance and made a huge mess for us and our Alabama neighbors. Good old tornado season, you got to love how it keeps you on your toes. 
    Speaking of perching on one's toes, that's exactly what I've been doing this work week. I can't help but beam every time I walk into my office and see that beautiful wall of plot all nice and arranged for my Unwilling series. Previously, I thought pinning myself down to such a specific outline would smother me. But after playing with it a little, I really began to see its usefulness and enjoyed the process.
    In addition to all this writing productiveness, I continued the journey to my 100 books a year goal with a few random selections. The five books staring on the blog today aren't new releases but they're quite good. Several I picked up for genre research along with a dab of guilty pleasure reading thrown in for fun.
    Now for a tiny PSA before we get to the books. Last week Mississippi native and author, John Grisham spoke on about the importance of preserving our libraries. Mr. Grisham was chosen as an honorary chair of 2011 during ALA National Library Week. Libraries are very close to my heart so anything to help promote the preservation of our local library I’m on it like a duck on a June bug! In the video interview, Mr. Grisham speaks about the influence of his local library on his childhood and about his work post-Katrina with the Gulf Coast libraries. I've included the link so please check it out. For my writer buds, he also stresses the point of how libraries and independent booksellers influenced the success of his early work. It’s like my yoga teacher says, “If you enjoy your class, show up so the bosses won’t take it away.” The same goes for libraries and bookstores, support them. It’s not always about money either. Word of mouth to promote your favorite books, volunteering in your library and teaching your children what a wonderful resource the library represents are all free things you can do to help out in your community.  
    There are lots and lots of new books out now and eBooks are burning up the world so there's no shortage of reading options. A great resource if you aren't sure what's out is Sassy Girls Book Club on Facebook. There are TONS of titles posted every day. If you're not reading something you like, heaven help, pitch it back from whence it came and find another that you do. Happy reading! 
Till Then,

#39 The Everafter by Amy Huntly
The Everafter

#40 A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb
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#41 The Society of S by Susan Hubbard
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#42 Sunshine by Robin McKinley

#43 Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison
Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows, Book 1)


  1. I showed my husband the pic of the nightstand so he will get off my case. I have a Sony Reader and STILL have a pile of books by the bed.

    Have you read ...
    The Bird Sisters by Rebecca Rasmussen
    The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen

    Couldn't get google to cooperate - this is Robin Hillyer-Miles

    Those are the two I read most recently and fell totally in love with ... and read them on my reader, thank you very much!

  2. Cousin, just browsing through your posts and I love them all! I saw "Sunshine" listed on your book list and I have to say that it is one of my all time favorite books. I've read it so many times that the cover has fallen off and the title page is missing. I'm off to read it yet again. Kim Harrison's series is a favorite of mine as well.
    - Page pez9375(at)yahoo(d0t)com