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What’s On My Nightstand – March 2012

Posted Mar 27 2012 8:00am

What's On Your Nightstand

What a month this has been for reading! I guess flying 800 miles four time in a month will do that to you. :)

Or reviewed…I have actually finished some of these, but need to sit down and write up my thoughts on them.

My contributions to the 5 Minutes for Books site over the last month.

Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1-5) by Hugh Howey – Wow, wow, wow! This blew me away! I read good things about the first story and downloaded it on my new Kindle. Once I read it, I couldn’t get the whole collection fast enough, and I am so glad I did!!

If you are a fan of dystopian fiction, you will love this set of stories. Each one is as good as the one before it and will keep you turning the pages as fast as you can to see what happens next. Absolute must read, in my opinion!!

Goodnight Tweetheart by Teresa Medeiros – I had read good things about this book and was so excited when Jean at Mommy to Two Boys offered to send me her copy when she was done with it. Although I am on Twitter, I don’t spend a lot of time there, but I know enough to appreciate the style of this novel, which is told almost entirely in Twitter exchanges.

The characters were interesting, the dialogue witty and fun to read, and the story surprisingly more substantial than you might expect at first glance. Definitely worth the read. Thanks, Jean!

Emerald City by Alicia K. Leppert – This contemporary novel about attempted suicide had some things I really liked and some things I wasn’t as fond about. I wrote a full review here , but must warn there are spoilers.

A Good American by Alex George – I highly recommend this book as a fresh look at the importance of family and a sense of home in our lives, as well as a great novel about the role of immigrants in our country and what truly makes someone a good American. You can read my full review here .

The Other Half of Asperger Syndrome: A guide to an Intimate Relationship with a Partner who has Asperger Syndrome by Maxine C. Aston – A friend loaned me this book, and think it could be very helpful to a couple where one of the partners has Asperger Syndrome. It focuses primarily on women who are in relationship with a man who has AS, as the author did not have the opportunity to interview many couples with the opposite dynamic.

I would recommend it to anyone who is in a relationship like this who wants to understand and improve their dynamic.

Beyond Boundaries: Learning to Trust Again in Relationships by John Townsend – The original Boundaries book truly changed my life when I read it last year, and I am just as impressed with this book. I know I will have to read it again as I move toward more healthy relationships in my life.

I was surprised to see how many of the things I have been pondering were addressed in the book and had actual reasons behind them. This book was so helpful in understanding what I have been going through in my difficult relationships and how to heal from them and examine myself and others in order to have deeper and more real connections going forward.

This one is definitely staying on my bookshelf, but you should get your own copy as soon as you can!

Safe People: How to Find Relationships That Are Good for You and Avoid Those That Aren’t by Henry Cloud and John Townsend – Wow, I underlined so much of this book – it was fantastic! I learned so much about what makes people unsafe and how to identify patterns in my relationships that aren’t healthy. It also helped me to look at myself and what I bring to a relationship.

Definitely gave me a lot to think about and some good starting points for my next therapy sessions. Highly, highly recommended!!

So, how about you? What was your best read this month?

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

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