On My Nightstand // Dec 2017

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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.


How to Hygge: The Nordic Secrets to a Happy Life // Signe Johansen

Hygge is a Danish term (pronounced hoo-gah) that is super on-trend these days & if you haven't heard about it you need get out more! Seriously, it's having a moment but it also is pretty awesome. Loosely translated to "cozy", it's all about finding the simple things to lead a happy & joyful life. And for a country where winters are very dark & very cold it also involves finding ways to keep warm & social while holed up.

This book isn't revolutionary but it was enjoyable & gave me a better understanding of hygge. I liked the author's emphasis that hygge was about adapting it to your own life so I took the liberty of skimming through the being one with nature chapter. I'm more the curl under a blanket with a warm cup of hot chocolate & a book type of hygge!

The emphasis on also being social was interesting as I think the idea of hygge is often focused on the introverted homebody version. Having friends over for dinner or meeting for a pastry is a part of hygge & I overall just like the idea of creating a simple but fulfilling life.

A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa // Alexis Okeowo 

Still reading this one simply because I was balancing too many books!

Now that I'm further into it I really enjoy the structure- the first half of the book you're introduced to each of the 4 stories & the initial experiences of the women & men. The second half of the book details more of the "after", how their lives have been changed & effected by their experiences.


Anna Karenina // Leo Tolstoy

I have read zero pages this month. It is however technically sitting on my nightstand so......

2018 I hope to make a real dent in my goal of reading more classics!

What I Read & Reviewed:


  1. I'm with you- I would *like* to read more classics in 2018. But I always end up finding myself gravitating to the latest new release instead :)

  2. I've tried to read Anna Karenina about 13 times, but never have gotten through it. Then one of my 13 year-old students finished it in a week and I felt like a complete failure! I hear ya on reading more classics!

  3. I also found Class Mom to be fun and enjoyable!

  4. That's one hygge book I haven't read! I need to check it out!

    I'm linking over from Modern Mrs. Darcy,
    Ricki Jill


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