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What’s On My Nightstand – November 2012

by Trish on November 27, 2012 · 7 comments

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What's On Your Nightstand

Can you believe we are only a month away from the end of 2012? So much has changed in my life this year, and yet it seems to have gone so fast. I hope that doesn’t just mean that I’m getting old!

I am taking a bit of a break from 5 Minutes for Books, so I only have one review published there in the last month: What the Zhang Boys Know: A Novel in Stories, which is an intriguing collection by Clifford Garstang. A bit gritty in the middle, but good overall.

I have also spent some time catching up on the titles I had received from Future Horizons, which could all be very good additions to a special needs toolbox. Here are the links to my reviews:

  • This is Gabriel Making Sense of School by Hartley Steiner is a fun and informative children’s book about sensory processing disorder.
  • In-Sync Activity Cards by Joye Newman and Carol Kranowitz is a great new set of activity cards with customizable sensory activities.
  • A QUEST for Social Skills by JoEllen Cumpata and Susan Fell is a ready-to-use curriculum for social skills instruction aimed at the middle school level (although I think it could be used quite successfully with upper elementary and even with high schoolers as well).

I have been doing a lot of reading lately, many of which are from my Fall Into Reading list and/or my TBR list. The titles below are linked to Goodreads, and I have listed how many stars I would give each one in lieu of a review:

I did not finish, and in fact barely even started, The Red Door by Mark Haddon. As much as I loved The Curious Incident, I could not get past even the first chapter of this book. I felt like a pinball in a really bad arcade game, what will all the quick shifts and sentence fragments. I got a bit farther into Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce, but stopped after I found myself skimming through entire chapters in search of something to move the story along a bit faster.

I have a lot of books still on my pile to read, but I’m not really sure which I’m going to read next. My priorities right now are to spend some time in Job preparing for my small group and to keep up with my Divorce Care homework so I can get the most out of the last few sessions as possible.

I’m curious – what was your favorite read this past month?

To read more posts or join in yourself, visit What’s On Your Nightstand? at 5 Minutes for Books.


Lisa notes November 27, 2012 at 10:25 am

Love your stars system. It really does help when we’re searching through looking for books to read (and NOT read).

And glad you included Insurgent as a 3-star because I’ve been wanting to read it, but now I won’t feel TOO bad that I don’t have it yet. It can wait a little longer.
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Carrie, Reading to Know November 27, 2012 at 12:36 pm

I like your star system, by the way.

And please don’t mention the end of 2012 and getting older in the same sentence. :D

I hope you have a very merry Christmas!
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Jen E @ mommablogsalot November 27, 2012 at 1:38 pm

What a great, varied, mix of books! I think the best book I read last month was The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang, my book club’s pick for October – not a light read but a very interesting one that I wouldn’t have read otherwise. This month we are reading The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner which is also really good and a much lighter read.
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Jennifer, Snapshot November 27, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Yay for FAULT IN OUR STARS. Sooooo good. I should re-read it actually. I read John Green’s PAPER TOWNS last month, because my daughter has been wanting to read more after loving FAULT.

John Green is fabulous, but none of his other books are remotely appropriate for under 15 or 16 imo. However, I loved AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES almost as much as the other (save much more bad language and a more mature content level in general)

Cassandra November 27, 2012 at 11:49 pm

I can’t believe there’s only a month left in 2012! It’s flown by too fast! It looks like you read some great titles this month. I hope December goes just as well!
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Nancy November 28, 2012 at 11:03 am

Wow, you really have read a lot! I enjoyed several of the books on your list. I really need to read The Fault In Our Stars, soon. Actually I just put it on hold at the library! I’m glad you liked When In Doubt, Add Butter, it was a cute story.
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morninglightmama December 2, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Jennifer has been on me to read something, ANYTHING by John Green for a while now. I think he’s going to be my focus in the new year. :)

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