Sunday, May 15, 2011

What's on the Nightstand? #44 - #58

    What’s on the nightstand this week? Well technically, nothing since I returned them all to the Hernando library. LOL! Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Never fear fellow readers, the “to be read” pile in my office is calling to me in a loud and unrelenting voice even as I type. There’re quite a few titles I’ve been saving to help build up the anticipation before I dive into them. What can I say; I have to get my jollies in the little things.
     A bit of news to pass along, the blog topped 2000 last week and collected another country, Russia, which brings the total to 29 different countries that have visited. WOOOOHOOOO! Thanks to everyone who helped the blog reach this milestone. I really appreciate it and hope you’ve enjoyed reading.  
    With a bit of luck, everyone had a wonderful weekend because I know I did. My family, Mom, Dad, The Sister, The Pups and The Nephew came up for a little visit. Saturday, we treated the boys to a trip to Memphis Zoo and couldn’t have asked for more perfect weather. No sun, temperature stayed around 70-ish and the wind kept up a nice breeze. Crowds weren’t heavy and we enjoyed a nice picnic just outside the farm animal exhibit with the music of a bubbling creek in the background. We saw all the lions, tigers and bears of course and even a few other things. My personal favorite is the panda house. I could sit and watch those buggers eat bamboo for hours, it’s fascinating! Before the day was done, all three boys nearly walked their little legs off, even The Nephew who insisted on pushing his stroller instead of riding in it. Once we loaded them in the car, they were asleep before we reached the highway.
    On the way back, I drove over the flooded Mississippi River. If you’ve seen the photos of the river the last week or so, trust me, it’s nothing compared to seeing it in real life. The landscape is unrecognizable under all that muddy water. I couldn’t help but be heartsick for all the lives I know will be forever changed by the mighty Mississippi, who from what I saw, lives up to its name. Worst of all, it's not over as these same waters keep rolling south to the ocean.
    Now on to the books! We’re at numbers #44 - #58 in the quest for a hundred and I’m totally pleased with this progress. There's some really great stories on this list. If you’re looking for new things to tickle your noodle, this is a nice mix to dive in to. In this round of reading, I discovered a new personal favorite, Ms. Libba Bray. It’s been a while since I laughed that hard at an author’s acknowledgement page. That's before I even read the story! Her work is phenomenal!! Her wit is razor sharp and I rolled laughing which is odd considering the subject matter. Also, I finished out Kim Harrison’s series and I’m quite anxious to see what happens to Rachel, Ivy and Jenks in the next one. Fellow members of WJH Choir will find a point of interest in Nancy Werlin’s book as it’s centered on a very lovely song we sang during the Mr. Johnson years called Scarborough Fair. Most exciting read goes to Charlaine Harris’s book which I’ve been anxiously awaiting. Loved it! Loved it! Loved it!
    So without anymore yammering on by me, here’s the list. If there’s nothing here to interest you, I highly recommend Fantastic Fiction’s web page. Search your favorite author’s and scroll to see what they recommend. It’s a wonderful way to discover new reading treasures. So get to reading people!  
Till Then,

#44 The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
This is the third Maze Runner story and coming October 11th is the final installment, The Death Cure. For more information visit his blog  and follow him on Twitter.

Impossible#45 Impossible by Nancy Werlin.
Nancy's next work, Extraordinary was named A Teens Top 10 Book for 2010. For more information on Nancy's work visit 

Going Bovine#46 Going Bovine by Libba Bray  Okay, so this stupid blog took me an extra hour to finish because I found Libba's home page and journal. This chick rocks so hard! Still laughing! Anyho, For more information on the many titles she's penned visit her website. But enter at your own risk and only if you can spare an extra hour to roll on the floor.

Pale Demon (The Hollows, Book 9)#47 Every Which Way but Dead by Kim Harrison
I'm not going to try and post all the photo's for Kim because she has so many, so I'm only going to include the most recent. For more information or to view each cover, visit her website.
#48 Fist Full of Charms by Kim Harrison
#49 For a Few Demons More by Kim Harrison
#50 The Outlaw Demon Wails by Kim Harrison
#51 White Witch, Black Curse by Kim Harrison
#52 Black Magic Sanction by Kim Harrison
#53 Pale Demon by Kim Harrison

Product Details#54 Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris
Sookie's adventures never disappoint! For more information on Charlaine and her projects visit her website.

Alabama Moon#55 Alabama Moon by Watt Key
This story was actually made into a movie by the same title staring in 2009. You can view the movie trailer here Watt's continuation of this story is Dirt Road Home. For more information on this author visit his web site

The Orange Houses#56 The Orange Houses by Paul Griffin
Very interesting story and a good read. Paul does have social sites from what I can tell from my research but no website.  

#57Evermore and #58 Blue Moon by Alyson Noël
Alyson is on Twitter and for more information on all her books, visit her website.
Evermore: The ImmortalsBlue Moon (The Immortals, Book 2) 

      There are several more books in Alyson's Immortals series: those titles are pictures below.
Shadowland (Immortals)Dark Flame (Immortals, Book 4)Night Star (Immortals)Everlasting (Immortals)

1 comment:

  1. I met Charlaine Harris at the 2009 Anhinga Writer Conference. Neat lady!