On My Nightstand // January 2018

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My year kicked off with a lot of reading. Between winter break & then a slew of snow days I had some downtime to knock out a few books during my kids' naps. And evenings, because I am very cool.

I'm also adding in some of my kids' picture books because we spend a lot of time reading those together. And them "reading" on their own. They are only 4 & 2 but will sit in there room flipping through books for long periods of time, which may be the most adorable thing ever. I asked my daughter if she liked the toy store or library more & she immediately answered "library". I cannot love that enough!

So here's what I've been reading:


Rules of Civility // Amor Towles

Thanks to A Gentleman in Moscow I finally read Amor Towles' other novel, Rules of Civility. It had been on my list but immediately went to the top after I finished Gentleman. It's a very different story & I plan to do a full blog post on it but the writing is still exquisite & I loved it just as much.

Katey is living in 1930's Manhattan, trying to reinvent herself (as all young women in NYC stories begin). With her roommate Eve she meets & befriends Tinker Grey, the total WASP who shows the girls the wealthy side of the city. This isn't a bland love triangle though, even when both girls seem to be falling for Tinker.

I could not put this novel down & was legitimately sad when it ended!

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo // Taylor Jenkins Reid

Evelyn Hugo is an aging Hollywood star who is as famous for her marriages as she is for her movies. So yes, Elizabeth Taylor. After maneuvering to get a young reporter, Monique, to write her life story she begins to draw back the curtain on those marriages & what really happened in her life versus what the public/tabloids think.

The greatest book I've ever read? No, but it had a lot more depth than I was expecting & I was often surprised at the various directions the story took. Definitely enjoyed it.


The Thousandth Floor // Katharine McGee

The plot intrigued me & I wanted a light quick read, plus it was $1.99 for the Kindle version. Sold. Set in NYC in 2118 the story centers on a thousand floor tower & the lives of the young teens who live there. The story starts with a young girl falling from the thousandth floor, so intrigue right off the bat.

It's been described as Gossip Girl in the future, which is pretty spot on. It's a YA novel & not at all science-fiction-y, which I feel like needs to be clear so as what to expect. Not the next Hunger Games but entertaining & interesting.


  Kid Lit:  

I often find a good 20-30 books strewn across the kids' bedrooms & our living room, so needless to say they enjoy flipping through & looking at the pictures! But these are some of their favorites, the ones they continuously have been bringing to us to read.
  •  Frog & Toad Collection. I can't find the exact copy my mom got my daughter for Christmas, but we have been reading all the stories & I forgot how cute they are.
  • Curious George Classics. My son is on a big Curious George kick ("Monkey!") & I love the classic versions versus the more cartoon looking drawings.
  • Trucks Go. Recommended for the 2 year old obsessed with trucks who will find the noises you make funny. Simple is sometimes the best!
  • Disney Look and Find Books. My daughter gets really excited for her Highlights magazine to come every month (thanks Grammie) so we used a gift card to get her the Frozen & Cars versions of these. I like to think it adds to her focus a little bit!


What I Read & Reviewed:

1 comment

  1. I really enjoyed A Gentleman in Moscow and have been hearing glowing reviews of Rules of Civility. I'm usually not keen on romances but I think the historical fiction of NYC in the 1930s will help remedy that!

    Here are my Dec reads: https://elle-alice.blogspot.ca/2018/01/december-book-reviews.html


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