What's on my bedside table
I don't think I'll ever give up on paper books. Ever. Even when I'm lying in bed on my side, holding the book open in front of me, blocking out the glaring light of my bedside lamp, with a cramp in my arm. I just love having my books. Of course, in recent years, I've learned to give away the books that I don't love and plan to re-read, only hoarding the the select few that make me really happy. And I'm pretty sure a few of them on my nightstand right now will be sticking around awhile. Hint: It's not the potty training masterpiece.
I tend to read almost every night before bed, so I go through books pretty darn fast. I can't afford to keep up with my habit, hence the re-reading of my own books all the time. And when they are finished, I pile them back on my nightstand until they reach their fate: Goodwill or my bookshelf. Wanna know where these are going?
The Fault in Our Stars John bought me this one for my birthday and I just loved it. It's about teens, who just so happen to have cancer. It made me laugh, it made me cry and it was just so so good. If you haven't, you should read it. Verdict? Obviously this one's staying. I can't wait to crack it open again in a few months.
Mom, Inc.: The Essential Guide to Running a Successful Business Close to Home This was on my birthday wishlist and two people actually bought it for me. I don't know though, I'm part way through it, and a lot of it seems like common sense for anyone who's been on the internet scene for awhile. Hopefully there's some useful info that I just haven't gotten to yet. Also, it's a little boring. Verdict? Undecided
This Is How: Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude & More. For Young and Old Alike. Now I am a huge fan of Augusten Burroughs so John automatically knew to buy this for me. It's different from his normal wacked-out memoirs though, this is an actual self-help book. So while it's sort of entertaining, a lot of it doesn't apply to me and I'm not interested. Again, I'm half-way through it but it's not the type of book to really pick up in the middle so I don't have high hopes. Verdict? Probably keep just because it's Augusten.
The Night Circus Ohhhh dudes, you have got to read this book. It was the first book in awhile to make me excited to finish my day and get into bed so I could read it again. It's a fantastical story with so many descriptive details, you really feel like you're under one of those striped circus tents. I really didn't want it to end. Verdict? She's a keeper.
The Everything Potty Training Book: Professional, Reassuring Advice to Help You and Your Child Through This Challenging Time (Everything Series) I picked this up at goodwill for 50 cents just to get some sort of grasp on the subject. A subject that I fear but is being thrust upon me. Gabe isn't ready yet but he's showing signs of being interested (screaming PEE while smacking his junk might be one of them) so I suppose a good parent would be prepared. I'm attempting to be that parent. The parent that hasn't read any child-rearing books since this kid popped out almost two years ago. Verdict? I'm sure it will go back to Goodwill as soon as I'm done.
So I'm clearly in the middle of a bunch of so-so books. Do you have any recommendations that will make me extremely happy? And aren't about potties?