Nightstand Books – May Edition

Nightstand Books is a monthly blog meme Jenelle Schmidt and DJ Edwardson started… the idea being that we take a look at our nightstand of books we’re reading/looking forward to reading that month.

I think it’s a fun idea and since I have a large stack currently (and forgot to mention anything about them in my last Ishness post…) I thought sharing them with y’all might push me to actually finishing some!

Since I’m in the middle of 7 books (yes. Seven. *cringe*) and have another half-dozen I’m dying to get to…

So, without further ado, behold!

Plenilune by Jennifer Freitag — Planetary Fantasy. I started this on Christmas, got a hundred pages in by sometime in January, and didn’t pick it up again until a couple days ago. It’s so rich that it’s very slow to read, which coupled with its ginormous length makes it daunting as Mount Everest. But I’m making the climb! If I can manage to read a chapter a day, I hope to finish it this month…

Fairest by Gail Carson Levine — Snow White retelling, set in the same world as Ella Enchanted. I read this once, forever ago, and remember practically nothing about it. So I’m re-reading it this month with my bookclub. Fun!

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien — Needs no introduction. πŸ˜‰ Another re-read… I started this on Tolkien’s birthday (Jan. 3rd) and… have been a few chapters in ever since. I just haven’t felt like re-reads lately, but I want to finish that up this month as well! So I can start on re-reading The Lord of the Rings for the umpteenth time… Mwahaha.

Veiled Rose by Anne Elisabeth Stengl — Goldstone Wood, book 2… I’m a bit of a ways into this and loving it to death. 11-year-old Leo and Rose Red are ADORABLE and Stengl’s writing is both gorgeous and funny. I have no idea what took me so long to get to it after reading Heartless eons ago…

Moonblood by Anne Elisabeth Stengl — Goldstone Wood, book 3… So I’m not to this one yet, obviously, as I’m still in Veiled Rose… But the Goodreads group for Goldstone Wood is having a group read-through for Moonblood, starting May 1st and running till near the end of June. Hence my hastily trying to finish reading Veiled Rose so I can join in the fun! It’s going to be AWESOME.

The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman — Contemporary Fantasy with the premise that magical fairytale items are lent out like library books. Cool idea, much?? I have been dying to read this ever since I found it at a used bookshop several months ago and it has been sitting on the top of my “read-right-now!” pile for a very long time. Somehow I just haven’t started it yet. But as soon as I finish some of the ones I’m reading right now, I’m going to devour it.

Out of Darkness Rising by Gillian Bronte Adams — Christian allegory fantasy novella. Similarly, I’ve been wanting to read this ever since I got it. I can’t wait!

Mist of Midnight by Sandra Byrd — I won this Christian/romance/historical/gothic book in a giveaway and it looks super intriguing. Different from my normal reads but I’m looking forward to trying it out and seeing how it turns out.

But wait! I’m also in some ebooks!

Silly ebooks, not physical enough to put on a nightstand for a picture… *shakes head*

Here are my current-and-soon ebooks:

Galdoni by Cheree Alsop — Kind of futuristic/modern-ish about some experiments who are basically humans with wings. This was one of those random-free-ebooks things that I downloaded–no idea why–and I accidentally started reading it and got hooked. It’s totally not my genre or my type of thing, and I’m not even sure what I think about it yet, but I’m really curious to find out what happens anyway.

Twelve Dancing Princesses Tales From Around the World edited by Heidi Anne Heiner — EEE!! So I’m super excited to devour all these versions of my favorite fairytale, collected from around the world… I also get to call it “research” for my upcoming NaNo novel this year, so that’s fun. πŸ˜‰ But there’s, like… 50 in this thing. (So some of them are only vaguely related to the Twelve Dancing Princesses type stories. But still.) All the deliciousness! I’m having so much fun.

The Valley Stories Omnibus by Sarah Scheele — I’ve read the first two in the collection (Alyce, and Consuela) which I adored, and can’t wait to read Victoria, which I hear is a Snow White/Twelve Dancing Princesses story! (Lots of that going around this month…) I just KNOW it’s going be be awesome. πŸ™‚ (Also, the author is giving away free ebooks of this collection to anyone who signs up for her newsletter on her website!)

Chasing Shadows by Ashley Townsend — Time travel and a masked man? Yes please! I’m reading this for reviewing and am super intrigued so far… So I just need to finish it and then y’all should be watching for a review on it! πŸ™‚

Heidel by Anita Valle — After getting hooked on Maelyn and Coralina, I can’t wait to read this third “Nine Princesses” novella! This one’s about the cooking princess, so that should be interesting…


So there are the books I’m reading right now and want-to-read-right-this-instant-but-will-try-to-wait-till-I-finish-some-of-the-ones-I’m-already-in. Yes, that’s 13, and it’s unlikely I’ll get to all of them this month. But I just had to share! πŸ™‚

Have you read any of these? Are they good?

Are any on your to-read list?

And what are your May Nightstand books?

Feel free to join the meme if you like, and check out Jenelle and DJ‘s posts (link to them if you do it)! πŸ™‚

28 thoughts on “Nightstand Books – May Edition

  1. Yay! Thanks for sharing these and welcome to the party!

    That edition of the Hobbit is the same one I have and I adore it. I recently re-read the Hobbit myself and I love it better each time around. I love that you even added your ebook list and because of the little dots, we can even see your progress.

    But my word, 13 books! How ever do you do it? I think I am in the minority of those participating in this meme because I am a monogamous reader. Chug chug chugging up the mountain with my little book that could. One at a time. But I think it’s great you can read so much!

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    • Excited to join in — it’s great fun! πŸ™‚

      Yes, The Hobbit is amazing! πŸ˜€ I love that edition…

      And… well, I’d LIKE to get to these 13 this month, but doubt I quite will. πŸ˜‰ I’ll be happy with finishing the 7 I’m in! And I actually think that’s great that you read one at a time — I’d probably be smarter to do that. I sometimes end up in several books for so long that I get tired of them. πŸ˜‰ But I’m just really impatient and can’t help starting a few sometimes.

      Good luck with your little (or not so little!) book that could! πŸ™‚

      And thanks for the comment!


  2. Eeeee! Veiled Rose and Moonblood. ❀
    I finaallyyy finished Veiled Rose a couple days ago, and read my reading for the week of Moonblood. I'm caught up! xD
    For some reason, it was hard for me to get into Heartless, too. I hope that it doesn't turn many people off from the series, because the rest of them are SO GOOD. πŸ˜€

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    • Yesss! πŸ˜€

      Yayyy, that’s awesome you caught up! πŸ˜€ (I’m still super far behind but maybe by next week… ;))

      And, oh, I didn’t mean Heartless was hard to get into… The middle was a bit slow I’ll admit but I adored it! It’s just that for some reason it’s taken me a long time to take up the next one. πŸ™‚

      Oh good! I can’t wait to read the rest! πŸ˜€


  3. Very nice! I’ve read The Hobbit, of course, so I know that one very well. πŸ™‚

    Right now I have 50-ish pages left of George R.R. Martin’s A Dance With Dragons. I like it for the most part, but gosh it’s been a beast to get through… After that, I’m starting “Dreamdark: Blackbringer” by Laini Taylor, a story about a Faerie demon-hunter.

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  4. Excellent stack of books you have there! I enjoyed Heartless, but I LOVED Veiled Rose and Moonblood… and the books just keep getting better from there. So far, Shadow Hand is my favorite, but I haven’t read Golden Daughter yet!

    I love Gail Carson Levine. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything by her I didn’t like.

    Ooh, The Grimm Legacy sounds very intriguing, I may have to see if the library has that! Chasing Shadows also sounds interesting. And AH Twelve Dancing Princesses. What with our common love of Elliot, Hawkeye, and now the Twelve Dancing Princesses, I think it’s certain we must be kindred spirits. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for joining the fun! Happy Reading!

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    • I keep hearing that, that they only get better! Good to hear. πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to read them all!

      Yesss. Levine is amazing.

      AAHH! Kindred spirits indeed! πŸ˜€ You clearly have fabulous taste. πŸ˜‰ The Twelve Dancing Princesses is just the best fairytale, that’s all!

      Thanks! Happy reading to you too!


      • Have you read Juliet Marillier’s “Wildwood Dancing”? It’s a fantastic retelling of 12 Dancing Princesses (though I do NOT recommend her adult books… yikes!) Also, Merrie Haskell has a very unique twist on that fairy tale (with a little bit of Beauty and the Beast thrown in) in her “The Princess Curse.”

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        • I literally JUST got Wildwood Dancing from the library! I can’t wait to read it. πŸ™‚ And I recently read The Princess Curse as well! πŸ˜€ It was pretty cool. Yay for 12 Dancing Princesses retellings! πŸ˜€


  5. Veiled Rose! Moonblood! *tackles ToGW books and hugs them* I know, aren’t Leo and Rosie just the most adorable kids ever? πŸ˜€ I love how Anne Elisabeth Stengl portrays her young characters–they all have so much spunk and wonder about them.

    Yay for The Hobbit! And for Fairest. πŸ™‚ Goodness me, I read Fairest several summers ago (hard to remember it all).

    I recognize some of the other ones as well. Ahh, so much fun reading! I just finished Outlaw by Ted Dekker (another mindblowing read, of course) and am about to reread Divergent so that I can continue the series and thus be prepared for the movies. Although I’ve heard mixed reviews about the Insurgent film… :/ Anyway, happy reading, Celti!

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    • YES. They’re so true to child-dom I think, but also really amusing and wonderful. πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to read the rest of the Goldstone Wood books! πŸ˜€

      Ah, yes… Not a dystopian person myself, but I would be interested to know what you think of the Divergent books/films! πŸ™‚

      Thanks! Happy reading to you tooo!! ^_^


      • Exactically. *nods* πŸ™‚
        Yes, I think you’ll love them!!

        Well, I liked the Divergent movie quite a bit. It’s been so long since I read the book, and I’m only a couple chapters into the reread, so I don’t remember exactly what I thought about it. Just that I enjoyed most of it and had problems with a few certain aspects. (Such as one of Tris’s fearscapes that involved Four. Ahem.)

        Thank you! ^_^

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    • Yep, sometimes I go a bit overboard. πŸ˜‰ Heartless is so good! I’m really enjoying the sequel so yes, you must read it. πŸ˜€ I hope The Grimm Legacy will be awesome, yes! πŸ˜€ We shall see…


  6. SO MUCH BOOK GOODNESS. *huggles post* This whole post just makes me want to go devour my entire TBR pile (which is like over 50 books but ya know…). This list has so many good things on it!!!

    Fairytales and The Hobbit and Goldstone Wood books. Aaahhhh! All the wonderful!
    The Grimm Legacy sounds SUPER intriguing. o.o I’ve never heard of that one before. Totally just added it on GoodReads. It kind of sounds amazing.

    I’m actually going to post up a review for Chasing Shadows Monday! It’s so funny, and awesome, how we were both reading it!

    This whole list is just too scrumptious. And what an epic linkup! I mean, is there anything better in life than listing books?

    Good luck on all your reading endeavors!

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    • I knooow. I want to read all the things right NOW! D: It’s unfortunate. XD

      YES YES. Oh goodness, now I just hope The Grimm Legacy WILL be awesome. o.o Because everyone now wants to read it and I don’t even know if it’s good. XD Yay fairytales and Goldstone Wood and Hobbit! πŸ˜€

      Oh yay!! I can’t wait to read your post!! πŸ˜€ (Hopefully my internet will be back up by then… o.o It’s down and I’m at a library soo…)

      Yesss it’s an epic linkup. πŸ˜€ I LOVE ALL THINGS BOOKS. AND LISTS. So yes. πŸ˜€

      Thanks! Good luck on your reading things toooo! ^_^


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