On My Nightstand // Dec 2017

via Gal Meets Glam

I'm joining Modern Mrs.Darcy for another month of sharing what I have read or am currently reading! It was actually a short month for books as I ended up finishing what I posted in November or continued some of my work reading. Hopefully over the holidays & going into January I'll be reading a lot more!

Class Mom // Laurie Gelman

This was a total "chick lit" read for moms & I loved every second. It's a quick but entertaining read - kind of perfect for this busy time of year. The main character reminded me of Lorelei Gilmore, so if there's any fellow Gilmore Girls fans reading this it will make you enjoy it that much more.

Hillbilly Elegy

Author: J.D. Vance
Publisher: Harper

Goodreads Summary: From a former Marine and Yale Law School Graduate, a poignant account of growing up in a poor Appalachian town, that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class. Part memoir, part historical and social analysis, J. D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy is a fascinating consideration of class, culture, and the American dream.

The Buzz // 11.21.17

via One Small Blonde

How is it already Thanksgiving week? While I am pretty excited for the holidays it definitely has creeped up on me! Today will be my daughter's first Thanksgiving school lunch, which I'm pretty psyched about going to. And then we're off to visit my parents in Williamsburg.

As an only child these holidays were always fairly quiet around my house & while I'm sure my own children will take care of that quiet part I do like how fairly relaxed it is. We have some crafts, a tablecloth to color in (no fancy linens for the almost 2 & 4 year old!) & may go down to Colonial Williamsburg to walk around. Just good ol' family time, taking it easy & enjoying the beginning of a hopefully not too stressful holiday season.

So Happy Thanksgiving & here's some book related links to relax with:

All the Light We Cannot See

Author: Anthony Doerr
Publisher: Scribner

Goodreads Summary: Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure's agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall. 

In another world in Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, grows up with his younger sister, Jutta, both enchanted by a crude radio Werner finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent that wins him a place at an elite and brutal military academy and, ultimately, makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure.

On My Nightstand // Nov. 2017

via Krystal Schlegel

Today I'm joining Modern Mrs.Darcy in my very first book link-up, sharing what I've been reading this past month. While I normally am someone who sticks to one book at a time I've found that between adding in some work books, my normal reading, & trying to get through the classics I'm now balancing multiple books at once. The pile on my actual nightstand is getting a little large!

Anna Karenina // Leo Tolstoy

I have a long list of classic novels to get through but never seem to actually just pick them up & read. So I decided to make a goal of 50 pages a week & to slowly start to get into the habit of reserving one evening solely for the classics. Anna Karenina may be an ambitious start to this goal but I figured start off big!

I actually got inspired after listening to this Rough Translation podcast.(Also one of my favorite new podcasts- go download!).

The Cuckoo's Calling

Author: Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)
Publisher: Mulholland Books

Goodreads Summary: After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

The Night Circus

Author: Erin Morgenstern
Publisher: Anchor Books

Summary: A magical circus that is only open at night, the striped black & white tents appearing with no warning or notice. Inside the tents are a labyrinth of stunning new worlds & logic defying performers. Le Cirque des RĂªves (the Circus of Dreams) leaves just as suddenly as it appears, taking with it the secrets of why the circus exists & how. 

Behind the scenes the circus is being controlled & created by two young magicians, Celia & Marco, who are bonded into a challenge from a young age. Neither one knows the rules, including who their opponent is or how the challenge actually ends. They secretly use their magic to create one fantastical tent after another, feeding off of each other's creativity & raising the stakes while still unaware of exactly what that means. Others involved begin to notice some strange things that are happening to them since the circus has opened & those odd occurrences begin to slowly affect the circus itself. 

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