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Hear ye!  Hear ye!  I now announce to the blogging world that in only 17 short weeks I’ll be a mother of three!

That’s right, folks.  For three months I’ll have three kids under four!  Yikes!!  We are so thrilled and excited, and know that we’ll have our hands full for a while.  But we wouldn’t have had it any other way.

One thing I know I’ll miss, though, in those early infant days, is the chance to read.  Really, until the baby is sleeping through the night, it’s hard to stay up and sneak in an extra chapter of a book, when you never know how long that little bundle of joy will be out like a light!  For my firstborn, it was only 11 short weeks before she was consistently sleeping through the night.   The second?  Eleven months.  *gulp*  Let’s hope Baby #3 is as cooperative with his/her sleep as Miss M was!

So now I feel like I’m racing (or reading) against time to soak up some good literature, some new novels, some brain candy quick-reads.  Anything!  Because I LOVE to read!   And with the exception of reading/deciphering the backs of Tylenol bottles by the faint glow of the nightlight, or paging through google searches for good nursing tips, I know that my reading will be put on the back burner for a while once Baby makes its arrival. 

So I’m once again participating in 5 Minutes for Books What’s On My Nightstand? carnival.

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I’ve been reading quite a bit lately.  Finished all four books of the Twilight series (see my original post here), and recently read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.  I’ll finish On Beauty tonight, by Zadie Smith — an interesting read, although somewhat pretentious.  I was intrigued by the characters, but didn’t actually like any of them as people.  The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch took me about 2 hours tops to read cover to cover, but it’s one I could peruse over and over.  What a compelling story and a courageous man!

So what’s next on my nightstand?

  • The Virgin’s Lover by Philippa Gregory.  I’ve been loving her historical fiction!  The Other Boleyn Girl was fantastic, and then The Boleyn Inheritance and The Queen’s Fool were also intriguing.  I couldn’t put them down!
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife
  • Wicked by Gregory Maguire.  I’ve been wanting to read it for a while, especially after seeing the phenomenal musical!  So my good friend Jen sent me home with this (along with Time Traveller’s Wife and On Beauty) after I spent the weekend at her place in Chicago.  Thanks, Jen!
  • Wally Lamb’s The Hour I First Believed is on hold for me at the library — I wish people would hurry up and read it already!

It’s been a while since I picked up my favorite novel, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, so I should probably re-read that one soon, and I’d like to tackle Jane Austen’s novels.  I’ve read three of them and was enamored with her writing, and the fact that she could convey such emotion, love, sexual frustration and yearning within the confines of the society in which she was writing.  Fabulous! 

So there you have it.  A fairly heady task, considering all the other things we moms have going on — kids, husband, work, Facebook, American Idol . . . you know, the important things.   But I’ll do what I can, and enjoy the reading while I have the very limited time.

So . . . what’s on your nightstand?

twilight-coverI finally took everyone’s advice and read Twilight.  It was one of those things where I was dragging my feet, but then didn’t want to be left behind . . . peer pressure, you know??  I felt the same about the Harry Potter series.  But then, once I started, I could NOT put those down!!! 

So when Michelle at Life with Three called me after her vacation positively gushing about the books and subsequently wrote this post, I decided to give them a try.  I just HAD to see what all the fuss was about.

Let me say first that once I finished Twilight ( a bit late.  Oops — sorry to the next person who had it on hold at the library!), I immediately placed a hold on New Moon.  I found myself intrigued by the story, and I’m definitely interested in seeing how the series plays out.  It was a good easy read, and I obviously enjoyed it well enough to get the sequel.

That being said, I was a bit puzzled, and at times even disturbed by some of the story.  I’m not sure why people link the Harry Potter novels to Twilight, except for the otherworldly “magical” aspect.  I think it’s a dangerous comparison, as Harry Potter is certainly more appropriate for a younger audience, while I don’t think Twilight falls in the same category.  Young adult novel, sure.  But not the elementary school/tween crowd.

I think I may have an unpopular opinion of book, as bloggers everywhere are so enthralled with this Twilight craze.  I was glad to read this post today from Jennifer at Read. Imagine. Talk.    Finally a review of Twilight that is only somewhat positive, albeit with some concerns, too.  I feel the same way.

I found myself having to suspend my disbelief sometimes a little too much in this story.   I found it a bit disconcerting that Bella — a normal, average, high-schooler in an average small town — is aware that there are vampires living in her midst and that she’s OK with it!    I got the attraction part, the sort of animal magnetism between Bella and Edward.  She’s entranced by him, she’s consumed by him.  But um, Bella?  He’s still a vampire.  And truth be told, I thought he was sometimes creepy.  And dangerous.  And angry.    I get it — it’s a love story.  But personally, I don’t want to worry when kissing someone if I think my feminine wiles might just be too much for him to handle and he ends up killing me instead of simply smooching.  But that’s just me.   I’m sort of weird like that.

**Spoiler alert — I’ll write the next few sentences in white ink, so if you want to read them, just highlight the following.  If you haven’t yet read the book, don’t you dare peek! **  I was SO glad that she escaped at the end in order to try and save her mother.  I know she was caught up in a flurry of crazy activity and she needed to be kept safe, but come ON, Bella!  Was that really even an option to stay while you think your mom is being tortured?

And then there’s the whole thing about becoming an actual vampire.  When they’re dressing Bella up for the prom, she is actually disappointed when she finds out where they’re going!   Wait a minute.  I’m sorry — is she actually HOPING to have the vampire venom inside of her so she can stop being human and turn into a real vampire??!?!  Come on, people!!  I don’t want to be so cynical here, but sheesh! 

I know it’s supposed to be romantic.  Who wouldn’t want to live forever (quite literally) with their love?  But I just thought it was far-fetched.

On second thought, perhaps I could get used to being a vampire.  Imagine how much more you could accomplish if you never had to sleep!   Perhaps my house might finally be clean.  

Probably not.  Although if I didn’t have to sleep, I’ll tell you one thing . . . I would have turned in Twilight to the library on time!

 

To read what’s on everyone else’s nightstand this month, click on over to 5 Minutes for Books!

 

Click on over to Five Minutes for Books for their Tuesday carnival, “What’s On Your Nightstand.”

So here I am participating in my very first bloggy carnival!  (Does anyone really like the word “bloggy” and the strange images it conjures??  Not me.)

On my nightstand?  Besides the ubiquitous Chapstick, I once again have some books on my reading list!  My baby was not a good sleeper (and still isn’t on some nights), so my reading went by the wayside for quite some time.  Too long of a time.  Now that Little Miss is sleeping through the night when she feels like it, I don’t feel the need to immediately rush to bed as soon as she does.  And once I started reading again, I realized I missed it.  A lot.

I’ve started reading Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert.  I know it’s a bit cliche — when a book is so popular and the author is featured on Oprah, everyone and her brother pick up the latest tome and proclaim their love for reading.  And yes, I jumped on the bandwagon too.   So let’s get over that, shall we? 

Anyway, I’ve read the Eat and the Pray part, and will start the Love section tonight.  I’m getting quite a kick out of Liz Gilbert’s writing!  She writes like she speaks, which makes for an entertaining read.   And I have to admit, I actually laughed out loud a few times at the beginning as she sets up her story.  Oh, and I SO wanted to travel to Italy (or at the very least have a great Italian meal) when reading about her time in that beautiful country! 

I like the author’s idea of “finding herself” and the spirituality of the book.   It’s not religious in an organized-religion sort of way by any means, but she is on a spiritual and self-discovery journey, and picks and chooses from various world religions what works best for her.  I’m secretly jealous of her get-up-and-go, her sense of wanderlust, and her ability to pack up and live somewhere else for four months (and do it three times in one year!).  I don’t think it would work so well in my life.  So instead I’ll use the book as my little escape from reality and just pretend that I’m the one travelling the world!

Once I’m finished with Eat, Pray, Love, I have a few others I need to delve into:

  • For some good chick-lit reading, I won a Book of the Week giveaway from Domestic Spaz and received a copy of Jemima J by Jane Green.  Fun!
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns, the follow-up novel by Khaled Hosseini, who had such success with the very poignant, haunting The Kite Runner that I read last summer
  • Little Leap Forward, the debut young-adult fiction title from Barefoot Books, about a young boy growing up in China during the cultural revolution in the sixties. 

Maybe I’ll have some more high-brow titles to cover in future “What’s On Your Nightstand” topics, but for now I’m just happy to be reading anything other than Curious George and the Dump Truck!

So leave a comment and let me know . . . what’s on your nightstand?