Tuesday, April 27, 2010

What's On My Nightstand: April 2010

"The road to knowledge begins with the turn of the page."

April was an excellent month for reading, which really surprises me as it was just as busy as the previous three. Still, somehow in spite of my very hecitc schedule I was able to enjoy several books waiting on my nightstand as well as a few others that I happened upon. I have a work trip this weekend, you never know, I might polish off one more book before the month's end.

What currently sits on my nightstand and will be read in the coming weeks:

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I know very little about this book, yet it seems that every avid reader I know has read this book. It's also one of those books that is referenced in other books. I've decided I need to read it.

The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope. Confession. I've never read Trollope. Yet one cannot be a reader of classics and not read at least one book by this author. Thankfully I get to kill two birds with one stone and read this book as part of my book club. It's nearly 800 pages and I have until June 2nd to finish it. This is probably going to take up all my reading time in May, but I'm still excited. I know this won't be nearly the challenge that The Brothers Karamazov was back in January.

Of course, if there is still time left once I finish reading these two book, then I might pick up one or both of the following:

Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie


The House at Riveton by Kate Morton

What about you? Have some interesting and entertaining reads on your nightstand? Leave a comment with a link to your nightstand list or head over to 5MinutesforBooks and link up your post.

Bonne lecture!


Nise' said...

Enjoy The Great Gatsby!

Upstatemamma said...

Ooohhh The Great Gatsby - good choice. :)

Anonymous said...

Great list - I haven't read The Great Gatsby yet but I will definitely need to at some point.

Windows Wide Open said...

Gatsby is one I've pondered picking up lately, too. I'm reading a Hemingway book that mentions Fitzgerald and that sparked the pondering... Do let us know what you think of it!


Carrie said...

I like the cover art of The House at Riveton. I have no idea what its about but I want to read it already because:

a.) You have it listed here; and
b.) I like the covert art!

BTW, you are correct in your guess as to why I want to read Ben-Hur. ;)

bekahcubed said...

Gotta love those "oughta" reads--I generally find myself enjoying them once I start, but I manage to completely freak myself out about the classics before I start them.

Anonymous said...

I've never read Trollope either and will be interested in your thoughts on this book!

morninglight mama said...

I just reread The Great Gatsby last year or so, and I watched a recent adaptation which was pretty interesting. I hope you enjoy it.

Heather said...

Having picked up a copy of The Great Gatsby at a book sale earlier this year, I started it up last weekend because of its slim size.
I am struggling with it but persevere b/c of its popularity.
I also thought I would try Trollope after finding a copy of The Warden at the same book sale.
And you can't go wrong with Agatha Christie. I started her autobiography but had to return it to the library before I could finish it as someone else had requested it.
Are you familiar with Miss Read? I love her books. She also has some autobiographical books that I need to track down and read.

Eos Mom said...

I read the Great Gatsby in high school (i.e. a long time ago) and I'd like to read it again. I think I'd get more out of it now that I'm older. Happy reading!