Nightstand Books June {2017}



June is already zipping by and it’s long time for a look at my nightstand and what I’m reading!

Aaand as per usual, I have the perfect excuse for that, thanks to this fun meme created by DJ and Jenelle, where, as Jenelle so aptly put it in her post this month: “we post on the first Wednesday of each month a picture of our nightstand and the stack of books thereupon, and then we gush about how excited we are to read those books.” πŸ˜€

So I am here to do just that! (A little late, but still. ;)) Feel free to join in the fun anytime, if you like. πŸ™‚

On My Nightstand for June

Ebooks (On Virtual Nightstand)

“Good gracious, Deborah, do you like not have a life or something? What are you THINKING, imagining you can read all these things in a month?” I know you’re saying it. XD

I know that looks… er… ambitious. *cough* Especially when there’s a couple others I want to read that aren’t on Goodreads and therefore not included in the pictures.

BUT DON’T WORRY. GOOD NEWS: I’ve already read half of these. And of the ones still to read, Blood Ties and The Skin Map are re-reads I’m working on, and The Tempest is a (short) audio play and Fallen Star is a short story.

So you see, I’m not QUITE as insane as it looks like. πŸ˜‰ (Just… mostly. Ahem.)

I am dividing things into categories this time: the ones I’ve already read in June (since we’re so far in… *cough*) and ones I’m currently in, and the ones I hope to read next.


  • Where the Woods Grow Wild by Nate Philbrick — OH MY GOODNESS. THIS BOOK. XD It was a fabulous fantasy read, with a classic Narnia/Prydain-esque feel, yet also felt entirely new and I could NOT stop reading it; plus it was really funny, and I LOVE funny books! Plus the characterrrrs, and the originality and just ALL THE AWESOME. I really, really enjoyed it. ❀ Look for a review of this one hopefully in the next couple of days! ^_^
  • Dogsbody by Diana Wynne Jones — WHAT DID I JUST READ. *collapses* I don’t have a dog, but I’m convinced I now know 100% what they’re all like after reading about this. πŸ˜› Another sci-fi/fantasy/contemporary/myth mashup as only DWJ can write, this had a slightly bittersweet ending and was definitely one of her early works (before she learned how to make EVERYTHING hilarious, and write happy endings) but I absolutely loved it all the same. πŸ˜€ (It wasn’t actually originally on my June list, but I just read it one evening when I needed a DWJ to cheer me up.)
  • Mythic Orbits 2016 — This was a collection of short stories by various authors, and most were in genres I… don’t really care for. So it was overall a mixed bag, but I did enjoy a few. πŸ™‚ Hopefully I’ll review it at some point…
  • The Noble Servant by Melanie Dickerson — Another enjoyable medieval fairytale retelling by Dickerson, I had quite a good time reading this one. πŸ™‚ I think I liked it more than the last few of hers I’d read and it was just fun. ^_^ Review to come!
  • Brothers and Betrayal by Sarah Holman — I quite enjoyed this fun Christian medieval adventure story with a Robin Hood spin! πŸ˜€ Read my full review HERE.
  • Spellsmith and Carver: Magicians’ Rivalry by H.L. Burke — This booook! It’s a “buddy story” and has magic and a scary Fae world and it’s got great dialog of the two not-getting-along heroes and I LOVE IT. πŸ˜€ *must review soon*
  • Bellevere House by Sarah Scheele — This is the next Vintage Jane Austen book, a retelling of Mansfield Park; I just read it, loved it, and am super excited! πŸ™‚ It’s now available for pre-order on Amazon HERE and on Goodreads HERE, releasing June 17. πŸ˜€ Hopefully reviewing it this week. ^_^


(Halayda pictured below instead of here, because I do not have a gorgeous paperback of it. *weepings of sadnesses*

  • Blood Ties by Hazel B. West (re-read) — There’s an epic readalong of this going on over on Goodreads HERE, and I’m super excited to be taking part! I read this last year but I’ve been wanting to re-read it ever since, so this is perfect. πŸ˜€ Modern Ireland with an alternate history and Faeries and a medieval twist and humor and banter and brotherly friendships is SO AWESOME. ❀
  • The Tempest by Bob Shakespeare — Haven’t actually continued this since I mentioned it last time… I always forget about audio books. Oops? It’s not very long though, so I just have to get around to finishing listening…
  • The Skin Map by Stephen R. Lawhead (re-read) — I know I just finished the series, but I can’t help myself! I just started re-reading this, aloud, and it’s SO fun! (Especially doing the voices, and catching all the little hints that I now understand because I’ve read the whole series.) We’re going to re-read the entire series together and I can’t wait. πŸ˜€ Definitely a new favorite! (Yes, I know I still haven’t reviewed The Fatal Tree… I’m doing that soon. It’s very hard to put my thoughts into words because I LOVED this series and it’s one of those amazing life-changing kinds of things and I know no review of mine will do it justice. Not to mention the spoilers… That said, there will be a review once I can get my thoughts in order; hoping to get my review for that one up in the next week or two!)
  • Halayda by Sarah Delena White — Yes, I’m still in this one, which was the May bookclub book I was reading. *cough* Enjoying it but it’s quite long and I’ve been busy reading review books instead. >.> Aaand of course, once the actual month of a bookclub is over, there’s slightly less incentive to ACTUALLY FINISH. (Or is that just me?) Soon, though!


  • Courage and Corruption by Sarah Holman — Still working through the Tales of Taelis series, and this is the next one. I’m really excited to read it. πŸ˜€ Expect a review for it (hopefully) later this week. πŸ™‚
  • Dreams and Devotion by Sarah Holman — No cover yet, as it’s not quite ready to release. Another Tales of Taelis, this is the next one coming out and I’m reading a pre-release version for review since I will be part of the blog tour soon-ish! Can’t wait! πŸ™‚
  • Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith by Shaun Hume — A review book from an Australian author living in England, this looks like an intriguing fantasy tale about a boy in England who can see otherworldly creatures. It looks fun and I’m quite curious about it! πŸ™‚
  • Fallen Star by Anne Elisabeth Stengl (short story) — I think/hear-tell (hope?) this is going to be the read for this month in the ongoing Imps of Goldstone Wood Goodreads group readalong, and I’m SO excited!!! I’m guessing it will be in the last week or two of this month. Join the fun HERE if you’d like to read (or re-read!) it with us and discuss it! πŸ˜€

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There you have my June Nightstand! As always, some of these may migrate to July, but since June and July are all sort of like one really long, hot month that starts with Ju, it’s no great tragedy, yes? XD

SOMEDAY I’m going to catch up on all the books coming out and will just read random things that I feel like, but it is not this day. XD They’re all awesome anyway, so that is also no great tragedy. πŸ˜‰ So excited for these!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I must dash off to deal with all those reviews I semi-promised you, and/or to devour more lovely books, in between Life’s ever-constant demands. πŸ˜‰

How about you? Anything fun on your Nightstand? Summer reading plans, perhaps?

Thanks for reading! πŸ™‚

Dream away in those pages . . .

~ The Page Dreamer


13 thoughts on “Nightstand Books June {2017}

  1. Ooh, you’re rereading The Skin Map?! That’s AWESOME!! πŸ˜€ I still have yet to read The Fatal Tree, but it’s on my summer reading list! πŸ™‚

    I NEED to read Blood Ties! It’s sitting so pretty on my shelf and I just…witty banter and Ireland and Faeries are needed in my life. XD

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    • YES. It’s been so fun, thus far! πŸ˜€ I really enjoy reading aloud, especially old favorites. ^_^

      I can’t wait for you to read The Fatal Tree!! It’s simply EXCELLENT! πŸ˜€

      Yes, you absolutely do! You should join the readalong! πŸ˜‰ Or… just… y’know, read it sometime. XD It’s GREAT fun! πŸ™‚

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  2. Allllll the reading! πŸ˜€ You are so awesome!

    My goodness, I want to read so many of these. Where the Wood Grows Wild looks amaziiiiiing. o.o And I am so ashamed at how many DWJ books exist that I know nothing about! I’ve never head of Dogsbody that I know of. It sounds…different. But then again, all her books do. xD

    I was sooooo tempted to join in on the Blood Ties read along. Because I NEED to read that book, and this would have been the perfect way to do it. But I just wasn’t sure I’d have time, and now I’m seeing that is the case. I’m hardly reading AT ALL right now, so I doubt I could keep up. *sniffs* BUT I WILL READ IT ONE DAY. I WILL.

    (I totally caught your “Bob” Shakespeare. XDDD)

    I’ve never heard of this Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith, but it sounds so intriguing. o.o

    And I need to read Fallen Star toooooo! I can’t believe I haven’t yet. I meant to read it the second it became available and somehow STILL haven’t. SHAMEFUL.

    I can’t wait to see all your reviews! I’m so curious about so many of these books and to hear your thoughts. I love your reviews so much! πŸ˜€ Good luck on all your reading endeavors, m’dear. ^_^

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    • Aww, thank you! πŸ™‚

      Methinks you’d quite enjoy Where the Woods Grow Wild! πŸ˜€ Eheh, yes, there are lots of DWJ books I didn’t know about until I started researching them all. XD It’s definitely different! πŸ˜›

      I totally understand you being too busy. *nods* Hopefully you will get to read it someday anyway! πŸ˜€

      (Points for you, Lauri! πŸ˜‰ *giggles* So proud of you. XD)

      Indeed! Looking forward to trying it out! πŸ™‚


      *must get to serious work on all the reviews, then* XD Thank youuuuuu! That means a lot! ❀


    • Eheh. I get… ambitious sometimes. XD *cough* But sometimes it only takes me an evening or two to read a book, and I want to get done certain semi-deadline-ish books so I just hope I can get through them. πŸ˜› Some of these will doubtless end up on July… (Also I don’t have 4 kids and momdom to do like you have. ;))


    • Thanks so much, Skye! Though… I’m afraid I have it less-mastered than you think, given that I am currently quite behind on writing reviews and on some reading too, haha, but thank you. XD Best of luck to you on that as well! πŸ™‚ And YES, it was so fun! Glad you read and liked it too!! πŸ˜€ All DWJ’s stuff is amazing, my goodness. ❀


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