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What’s On My Nightstand – July 2012

Posted Jul 24 2012 12:00am

What's On Your Nightstand

Welcome to my Nightstand post, which has become my monthly wrap-up of what I’ve read since last time. There were lots of books read this month, many of them really good, but one definitely stood out to me and so I wanted to share it with as many people as possible.

Escaping the Twilight by Sigrid Weidenweber is a novel with a serious and sensitive topic at its center, namely female genital mutilation . The author is an anthropologist who has studied the subject matter extensively and uses her knowledge of this practice to inform her writing. And it shows – in a good way. The story has both substance and depth without being at all boring or pedantic.

I was completely drawn into the world of the main character, Amina, as she tells the story of her life thus far. Although Amina is still a relatively young woman as she is narrating her tale, it is stunning to realize how much pain and difficulty she has been through already.

I would strongly encourage you to check out this book. It captivated me from the very beginning and held my interest all the way through. Although the story rests on a very detailed account of her experiences and thoughts, which is usually more difficult for me to read than an action-driven novel, I was so fascinated that I never felt like putting it down.

Reviews posted at 5 Minutes for Books/5 Minutes for Mom :

My other reads:

Fiction:

  • The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker – intriguing YA/SF novel, sort of coming of age while the world ends, review to follow
  • The Bridge by Karen Kingsbury – heartwarming Christmas story coming out later this fall, review to follow
  • Code Triage by Candace Calvert – fairly enjoyable Christian romantic suspense novel
  • A Girl Like You by Maria Geraci – great summer book, review to come in August
  • His Good Opinion: A Mr. Darcy Novel by Nancy Kelley – P&P told from the perspective of our favorite hero, pretty well done and fun to read
  • How David Met Sarah by Anne Kelleher – wonderful story written both for and about adults with developmental disabilities – highly recommended!
  • The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber – beginning of a new series set in Cedar Cove coming out next month, review to follow
  • Love Finds You in Wildrose, North Dakota by Tracey Bateman – surprisingly good Christian fiction that fleshes out what could otherwise be an extremely formulaic story in a satisfying way
  • Objects of My Affection by Jill Smolinski – a novel about figuring out what to hold onto and what to release, review coming soon
  • Rape Girl by Alina Klein – YA novel centering on the fallout for a girl who reports a date rape, review to follow
  • The Rock Star in Seat 3A by Jill Kargman – a novel about whether the grass is really greener on the other side of the fence, review coming soon

Non-Fiction:

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