Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Nightstand books of August.

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There are three categories to this pile... Books I'm reading, books I'm still reading, and books I hope to start in the month of August.

On top is The Princess Bride by William Goldman one of the most wonderful and brilliant books ever. Most people are familiar with the movie, and the book is just as good or even better. When I need a book to just take my mind off of the world (or off of the other book I'm reading/have been reading forever...) The Princess Bride (or Sharon Creech) is where I go.

Next down is Do Butlers Burgle Banks? by P.G. Wodehouse. I'm not too far in yet, but it promises to be just as entertaining as all the other books I've read by him.

I'll just breeze over the next two... though I have been making very good progress in Ivanhoe. I'm really, really enjoying it.

The rest of the books are books I'm hoping to read this month. Destination Unknown by Agatha Christie, which is a library book and, therefore, has to get read.

Underneath that is the second Horatio Hornblower book. I enjoyed the first one very much and am looking forward to continuing the series!

And finally, the first book in the Warrior Cats series by Erin Hunter. Only, it's in Dutch, not English, hence the Dutch Dictionary, to help me along.

Live long and prosper.


  1. The Princess Bride!!! I've been thinking it might be high time I re-read that. Again. :) One of the very rare instances where I cannot decide between the book and the movie.

    You keep mentioning this P.G. Wodehouse author. I might have to look up a few of his (her?) books. If I ever have time to go hunting around the library for myself, that is. Mostly my library trips these days consist of chasing my 2 year old around and trying to explain why we can't take EVERY book in the children's section home with us TODAY.

    1. Oh, I totally agree. It's so hard to chose! Which means it's a good book-to-movie adaption.

      He's a great author! I suggest you start with the Jeeves and Wooster books. There's a whole bunch of short stories that come first... If you want to read chronologically they would go:

      Carry On, Jeeves (short story collection)
      The Inimitable Jeeves (short story collection)
      Very Good, Jeeves (short story collection)
      Thank You, Jeeves (novel)
      Right Ho, Jeeves (novel)
      The Code of the Woosters (novel)
      ...and there are 9 other novels too, I believe... but I've only gotten through the above ones. The BBC TV program is also quite wonderful, if you want to start with that instead. All the episodes (except the first one) can be found on youtube.
      Hee hee, I remember when I was little and went to the library. We'd get 50 picture books out a week (that was the library's limit).

  2. Wow, I did not know you were proficient in Dutch. Is the Hornblower book originally in Dutch or are you just reading that version for a challenge?

    I am amazed once again at how tall your pile is. You are such a prolific reader.

    1. I'm not really that proficient in Dutch... I'm still learning and have a long way to go - but reading I'm hoping will help! The Warrior cat book is actually the one in Dutch. Originally it's in English, and when I was younger I used to LOVE the series. I'm sure it will help that I know the original story so well, when I read the Dutch version.

      Prolific, perhaps, but also slow. The easy, short books I can whip through quickly, but anything much about 300 pages takes me forever. (As evidenced by Agatha Christie's Autobio and Ivanhoe. :P)

  3. I love the Princess Bride! The book is way better than the movie. :)

    I've always heard that P. G. Wodehouse is really good. One day I will have to try some of his books.

    Horatio Hornblower. :) My family watched all the movies, on VHS. It was one of the things, along with a fantasy book series, that made me love the age of tall ships. I've always thought about reading the books.

    1. I think I agree with you... just because of the Zoo of Death scene. But the movie follows the book so closely that it's almost too hard to choose.

      Wodehouse is wonderful if you need some brain candy or a laugh. See the above list of Jeeves and Wooster if you want any recommendations. =)

      I haven't seen the movies yet, but I really want too! I love the age of tall ships as well. There's just something about the ocean... The books are good, if you can handle sea technobabble.