Friday, January 19, 2007

Whenever I Come Up For Air

Ah, weekends used to be for...well, honestly, I can't remember what on earth I used to do with my time before I had kids, but I do know that I got a lot more reading done. I'm hoping that things will slow down soon (ha!) because I've had Cindy Bokma's A Thousand Dollars For A Kiss on my nightstand for, since, like forever. The plot - all about Hollywood and its false promises and pretenses - sounds just like something I could (when I actually can) dive into. (Cindy runs the wonderful Conversation With Famous Writers blog, fyi.)

I also bought Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects to bring with me to the hospital when I gave birth to Amelia, thinking (double ha!), I guess, that I'd have some free time there. I read the first chapter, and it's marvelously excellent, but I haven't had another moment to pick it back up. I don't know Gillian personally, but she works for my favorite magazine, and that's a good enough for me.

Oh, and I'm also anticipating Mia King's Good Things, which comes out in a few weeks. I do know Mia, and she's fabu, so I'm sure her book will be the same.

What's on your nightstand? And what have you read recently that rocks?

7 comments:

Mia King said...

Okay, I was going to come here ANYWAY to leave a comment and I love that you mentioned GOOD THINGS! Are you the bomb or what?

I just finished Ha Jin's Waiting. It was amazing. I think there's something about foreign writers, like Ha Jin or Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who write so vividly and lyrically, yet at the same time their prose is so authentic and easy to read. And to think that English isn't even their native language ...

And I never got to say congrats on the birth of Amelia, which is one of my favorite names!

Alison Ashley Formento said...

Too many books on my nightstand to list here. I have stacks from the library competing with Christmas gifts. I'm reading and loving a recent National Book Award winner, The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing by M.T. Anderson. Most recent read is a strange one, Hana-Kimi, a Japanese graphic novel, because I've been studying the genre. I'm also reading a children's adaptation of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night by Bruce Coville to my kids. The art is fabulous, and this adaptation really captures the comedy of the piece.

Alison Ashley Formento said...

Too many books on my nightstand to list here. I have stacks from the library competing with Christmas gifts. I'm reading and loving a recent National Book Award winner, The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing by M.T. Anderson. Most recent read is a strange one, Hana-Kimi, a Japanese graphic novel, because I've been studying the genre. I'm also reading a children's adaptation of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night by Bruce Coville to my kids. The art is fabulous, and this adaptation really captures the comedy of the piece.

Amie Stuart said...

I took a day off and indulged myself in Lisa Gardner's GONE. I love her stuff and it's one of her best IMO

larramie said...

For those interested, I'm featuring Mia King this Monday on Seize a Daisy. She's the first of the Debs to "come out" this year and it's exciting to think of all the new books awaiting us.

I'm currently reading FOREVER IN BLUE (a shared experiencee with my niece and the final Traveling Pants adventure) by Ann Brashares who debuts with adult fiction this summer. But next up will be GOOD THINGS.

Jen said...

I finally got to Kyle Smith's "Love Monkey," which is better than I thought it would be (and $2 on BN.com!). I'm also half way through "Natural Causes: Death, Lies and Politics in America's Herbal Supplement Industry" by Dan Hurley, which is fascinating. Next on the list is "I Love You, Let's Meet: Adventures in Online Dating" by Virginia Vitzthum. One I just finished, which I HIGHLY recommend is "The Case of the Missing Books" by Ian Samson -- a very funny mystery farce. Also one to check out is "Love, Life and Linguine" by Melissa Jacobs -- great, light read.

Trish Ryan said...

Thanks for the great recommendations! I've been in one of those painful reading dry spells where I get through a book or two but they don't leave me raving or buying copies for everyone I know. I've heard a rumor that something good is coming out in May...

:)