Tuesday, June 23, 2009

What's On Your Nightstand? June Edition

What's On Your Nightstand?


Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope.

(I'm about halfway through Barchester Towers. And I'm about a third through with Gone With The Wind.) Grapes of Wrath is a classic I have checked out of the library that I *should* be reading soon. But I haven't gotten past the second or third chapter.

Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran is one I'm excited to get back to. I'm five chapters into it.

Love's Pursuit by Siri Mitchell. I've read ten chapters of this one. The blog tour for this one is coming up soon. (June 29th)

The Local News by Miriam Gershow. The blog tour for this one is creeping up on me. July 8th.

These two books are ones that I need to get to in July. The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer and The Corinthian by Georgette Heyer.

I'm in between YA books at the moment. But that will be remedied very soon. I tend to finish one of those every other day or so. I'm thinking I might type up a what-should-I-read-next post and let you help me decide. And then there are my latest finds at the library.


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5 comments:

Lezlie 12:08 PM  

I hope Cleopatra's Daughter is as good as we all expect it to be! :-)

Lezlie

Kailana 4:25 PM  

I am looking forward to Cleopatra's Daughter!

Carrie 5:40 PM  

Let us decide what you should read next? That is generosity indeed! ;)

Happy reading!

Jennifer, Snapshot 7:14 PM  

I need to read Gone with the Wind again. A friend and I were just talking about it. It's been over 10 years since I read it, but I remember loving it.

I'm listening to the second YA book in the Immortals series by Alyson Noel. I just started, but Evermore made me feel old and out of it -- ha!

Nise' 9:09 PM  

I'm looking forward to Love's Pursuit.

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