Tuesday, September 22, 2009

What's On My Nightstand: September

Today marks the beginning of my absolute favorite season of the year. I love fall! I love the changing leaves (of which we see very little) and the crispness of the air (which is still a little ways out for us).

Today also is What's On Your Nightstand? time at 5 Minutes for Books. I love looking at everyone's list and seeing their reviews. I always end up adding something new to my "To Be Read" pile after visiting their blogs.

So what have I read this month? What am I waiting to read? Here is my list, just in case you were wondering.

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling - This was probably my favorite series finale EVER! I read all 756 pages in a weekend. The author did such a wonderful job of keeping the suspense going right up until the very end. Since I started this series so many, many years ago...I was very thankful that the clues (which have been building since Book 1) were revealed in such a way that I could remember them, even if it was just vaguely. I can hardly wait for the movies now!

Vision In White by Nora Roberts - This was my first Nora Roberts book. I picked it up at Half Price Books 'just because'...and threw it in my bag for the 7 hour drive to Arkansas over Labor Day. I 'liked' it. It turned out to be a good travel book. This is the story of 4 friends who have grown from playing Wedding Day in the back yard to operating a full service wedding venue. This first book focused on Mackenzie Elliot, a talented wedding photographer who doesn't believe in 'happily ever after'. That is until she meets a former high school acquaintance who is definitely NOT her type and she fears it might be love. I will probably read the rest of The Bride Quartet when they come out. My favorite quote: "Some things in life are out of your control. You can make it a party or a tragedy." How true!

Where Are You Now? by Mary Higgins Clark - This is another first read for me by a well published author. It is the story of young man who has been missing for 10 years, yet Mack Mackenzie calls his mother every year for Mother's Day. On the 10th anniversary of his disappearance, his younger sister, Carolyn, swears to him that she will find him. As she begins her search, Carolyn unwittingly casts her brother as a suspected serial killer who has just kidnapped the fourth victim in the last ten years...the first, just weeks before his disappearance. The story was suspenseful throughout, driven by characters with secrets to be kept and those who have information that has never been seen as important enough to mention. I will be looking for another novel by Mary Higgins Clark the next time I want an entertaining mystery to read.

Idols Of The Heart: Learning To Long For God Alone by Elyse Fitzpatrick. This one is my slow, pondering read and may even still be here next month.

To Be Read:
The Secret Life Of Bees and The Centurion's Wife are both still on my nightstand. (Will and I will be sharing The Secret Life Of Bees since it is one of his assigned novels this semester.) The only new book to be added so far this month is Belong to Me: A Novel by Marisa De Los Santos.

So, what are you reading? Leave me a comment and let me know what books I might be missing.


Carrie said...

I, too, LOVE fall! It's a great time of year, eh?

Thanks for sharing what's on your nightstand.

Jennifer, Snapshot said...

ME too -- yay for Fall.

I was thinking of rereading Secret Life of Bees. I'm reading a new memoir by Sue Monk Kidd and her daughter. Look for a giveaway on 5M4M on Monday!

And I also read the HP books over years, and plan to read #7 sometime in the next month or so as well!

Brenda said...

Yes fall time is so nice. Love the days ahead...thanks for the reveiws and sharing.

Anonymous said...

I seen all of the HP movies but I haven't read even 1 book in the series. I've read most of Nora Roberts books. Most of hers are good. Your mom reads her too. Maybe she has some you can borrow. Some are a little out there but good. I like to read Elizabeth Lowell, and I've been reading a lot of political thrillers as well. Now I need to get into the classics.

Good luck on getting some of the dust covered ones read this time around.


Anonymous said...

I liked it more when you were talking about personal training what happen to that? do you know in the winter we we'll gain another 15 lbs? so why do you run in those 17 acres that you have and be more healthy and fit