Nightstand Books May {2017}

Time for Nightstand Books! (I mean, it has been for awhile, but hey. Leave me with my delusions of it still being the first couple of days of May. It will make me feel better. *cough*)

Nightstand Books is a meme created by Jenelle Schmidt and DJ Edwardson, a monthly look at what we’re reading/have on our “nightstands”.

Here’s what I’m reading/would like to read this May. 🙂 (Or, y’know… into June… or however long it takes me… *cough*)

The Stack

  • Masters and Beginners by Daley Downing — I read this one, LOVED it (Faeries and THINGS!), and will have a review up for it soon! 😀 (Thanks to the author for my shiny review copy!)
  • Puss in Boots by Diana Wynne Jones — This is a tiny retelling DWJ did and I just read it. So much fun! I like how she made everything make sense, while also making it rather humorous as is traditional with DWJ books. 😉
  • Adventures and Adversities by Sarah Holman — I’m starting to work through the Tales of Taelis series (long overdue!). Interesting so far. 🙂
  • Arbiter by Jamie FoleySentinel was awesome, hence I’m super excited to read this! *flailing* (Thanks to the author for my review copy! *pets it*)
  • The Fatal Tree by Stephen R. Lawhead — Currently reading this, and it’s VERY intriguing so far. O_O I can’t wait to find out what happens! Eep. 😀
  • Moonblood by Anne Elisabeth Stengl — The Imps of Goldstone Wood fan club on Goodreads is having an epic series read-through this year, with a different book every month, give or take. You can hop aboard on any of them you like, as re-reads or new reads. I’m jumping in this month because Moonblood is up for May, which is next in the series for me. Halfway through and enjoying it SO MUCH so far! O_O Didn’t realize I missed the Goldstone Wood world and characters so much until I started reading it again.
  • The Noble Servant by Melanie Dickerson — I’m slightly addicted to Melanie Dickerson’s fairytale retellings. They just make me happy. So I’m looking forward to reading this one. (Thanks to Thomas Nelson through BookLook Bloggers for the review copy!)
  • The Beast of Talesend by Kyle Robert Schultz — I just devoured this in a sitting and ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT! Short version: just read this, peoples. (I will write a review at some point… *has many reviews to write and unfortunately not a lot of time for it lately*)


And the ebooks which I hope to read, which don’t stack nicely on a nightstand, but are absolutely lovely-looking books all the same…

  • Halayda by Sarah Delena White — This is the May book for the Fellowship of Fantasy bookclub, and I am SUPER EXCITED FOR IT. Because faeries and things. About a third of the way through and enjoying it thus far. 😀
  • Where the Woods Grow Wild by Nate Philbrick — Super excited to read this fantasy novel — it sounds right up my alley! (Also for review; thanks to the author for my review copy! Check out his blog — it’s absolutely hilarious. :D)
  • Spellsmith and Carver: Magician’s Rival by H.L. Burke — This is for review and just released and I’m quite excited because it’s a buddy story with magic and scary Fae things and I’m all for this. (Thanks to the author for my review copy!)

Not Pictured

  • I’d also like to keep working through my backlog of beta-reads, so I’d like to get one of those done.
  • I’m listening to an unabridged yet fully-dramatized audio recording of The Tempest by William* Shakespeare, as well, which has been interesting thus far!

*(In other news, sometimes I wonder if I should bother saying “William”. Like, is there any other Shakespeare? I mean, come on, really. Maybe I should say “Bob Shakespeare” sometime and see if anyone notices…)

If I have time, I also would not say no to re-reading Yorien’s Hand by Jenelle Schmidt, to refresh my memory before the final book releases… but we’ll see; could be pushed to my June list. In fact, seeing that we’re OVER HALFWAY THROUGH MAY (WHAT??? HOW DID THIS HAPPEN. SOMEBODY HELP), many of these might carry over to a June stack.

Not sure how many of these I’ll get around to this month, but they’re what I’m working on for now. 🙂 (And I did do remarkably well on last month’s stack, reading all of those listed, so that makes me happy.)

Yes, a lot of these are for review. Something about review-books seems to be that they come all at once. XD But, y’know, having way too many awesome books to read is obviously a good problem to have, yes? *cough*

So much awesome fantasy going on! Very excited about all of these books! 🙂

How about you? What’s on your nightstand? And have you read (or want to read) any of these? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading! 🙂

Dream away in those pages . . .

~ The Page Dreamer


19 thoughts on “Nightstand Books May {2017}

  1. Oh, MOONBLOOD is such a good read! And I think I’ve heard of most (if not all) of the rest of these books… They all sound lovely!

    I love your nightstand background, by the way! It’s so Goldstone-Wood-esque! 😉

    Happy reading!


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    • YES IT IS. Enjoying it tons. 🙂 And they are ALL lovely, at least thus far! 😀

      Thank you! It’s a forest-road painting on my nightstand with an inspirational verse on it (usually hidden behind books. XD) and I lurve it. 🙂

      Thanks! Happy reading to you as well!!


  2. For the sake of my sanity, let’s definitely pretend it’s still the beginning of May. *collapses*

    Okay, but, like, alllllll these books sound amazing! And so many feature fae and fairytales and adventure and just ALL THE BESTEST STORY THINGS.

    So you liked The Beast of Talesend? Oh my goodness, I need that book so bad. o.o Actually I need allllll of these! What a fantastic stack!

    (BTW, I laughed so hard at your Shakespeare thing. You’re right, we could call him ANYTHING Shakespeare and I think everyone would still know. XDDD)

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    • I’m good with that for my sanity as well. XD (SERIOUSLY WHAT HAPPENED TO THIS MONTH??? :O)

      Yessss, fae and fairytales and things!! All the best things. 😀 Glad they intrigue you too!

      OH MY GOODNESS LAURIIII YOU NEED TO READ BEAST OF TALESEND SO MUCH!!!! *flailing* You would absolutely ADORE it! At least… I think you would. XD It’s B&B ish, and it’s absolutely HILARIOUS! I love books that make me laugh and this one did — so much! 😀 And well-written and just. *collapses* I really enjoyed it. 😀 IT’S SO GOOD!!! I think you’d really like it. 🙂

      (Heehee, so glad that amused you. XD “And now, a play for you by ‘Anything Shakespeare’…” It’s true, though. :P)


  3. Question: what does The Noble Servant retell? I’ve sort of stopped keeping up with Melanie Dickerson’s books since The Princess Spy ended up being more fluff than anything.

    I feel like I’ve heard about Halayda; I may pick it up if I have time. Right now, my book stack is all the releases from the last couple seasons that I never got to read.

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    • It retells The Goose Girl. 🙂 Which… is one I’m not as familiar with, though I know the general idea. (And that’s fair. I just kinda… enjoy them. And like getting them for review. So. *shrug*)

      Halayda is RIGHT up your alley! Cool fantasy and faeries and steampunk and alchemy and snarky characters with great interactions and humor and stuff. YOU WOULD LOVE IT. So far, anyway. 😛 And… I entirely sympathize. There are so many books out in the last year or so that I want to read and haven’t yet! o.o Happy reading to you! 🙂

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  4. You can push Yorien’s Hand down to June or July or even August… Minstrel’s Call is a ways off from being ready to hit the “publish” button yet… 🙂

    Love your stack ‘o books. Looks like lots of fun things to read!

    Halayda was AWESOME! *hugs it* OOh, I’m jealous that you’re reading Spellsmith and Carver. I need to get ALL of Heidi’s books… sigh. Maybe I can convince my library to get them…. 😀

    Bob Shakespeare! Hahahahahaha. I enjoyed The Tempest… though, as much as I love dear old Bill, I find that I can’t just curl up with one of his plays by myself. I need to study his plays in a group of people and talk about all the things, and act stuff out.

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    • Haha, thanks for the update! 😀 I definitely want to get to it sometime this summer (and re-reads unfortunately take second-priority when I have a lot of review books) sooo I want to make sure it stays on my radar to remember to read it. 🙂

      Thanks! I’m having fun with them so far. 🙂

      Eep, you finished Halayda and liked it! This makes me happy. 😀 I fell behind on my reading so I must catch up… Eheh, sorry. XD It looks so good! So far I’ve read one Nyssa Glass book and Beggar Magic and I’m already addicted to her writing, sooo… I feel ya. 😉 I need to get to her Dragon and Scholar books you’ve spoken highly of as well! (Librariiiiiesss preciousss…)

      Heehee. 😀 Yes, I can see that being a thing. I’ve seen two of his plays in film versions, and read one of those afterward, and this is the first time I’ve tried an audio, which is interesting. I think it would be hard to just READ them without having any visual or audio reference… So I see what you mean. 🙂


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