I will, however, try to make this brief, especially since I still haven’t finished Les Miserables, so really, that should be all that’s on my nightstand this month.
But it’s not. : )
Since I offered the suggestion of dog stories for the Children’s Classics carnival at 5 Minutes for Books and that is what was chosen for the month of April, I sort of feel like I should participate. ; ) Actually, I’m looking forward to delving back into a book or two from my childhood for this challenge. My all time favorite dog story is Where the Red Fern Grows, but I’ve decided to go back and read a story that I only vaguely remember from my childhood: Sounder. I actually began reading it back a few weeks ago while I stood in an interminably long line at a children’s clothing consignment sale (I picked the book up out of a book basket at the sale for $1), but I haven’t gotten back to it yet. It’s a fairly short story, so reading it shouldn’t be a problem, though. If I have any extra time (or motivation), I might also re-read Where the Red Fern Grows or something else.
Something very exciting happened to me because of Hope Is the Word back a month or so ago: a publicist at Simon and Schuster contacted me about reviewing an ARC (Advanced Reader’s Copy) of a new children’s book coming out this year! The book is Dessert First by Hallie Durand. I plan to finish reading this fun story and review it in April. Hey, I might even do that before March is over!
I have had The Memory of Old Jack by Wendell Berry on my nightstand for about five months now, I guess. It is on loan from the community college where I sometimes teach, and the librarian was kind enough to renew it for me last semester to the end of this current semester. Since the semester will end in May, I really should bump it up a position or two on my TBR list. Janet’s comment that reading this book “marked a turning point in her life” makes me really want to read it, and I think April is the month for it.
Of course, my record for reading what’s actually on my nightstand is pretty dismal, so stay tuned to find out if I manage to do it this time!