Nightstand Books: January 2018

It’s time for Nightstand Books!

(Meme created by DJ Edwardson and Jenelle Schmidt; sharing the books on our “nightstand” the first Wednesday of the month.)

I can never be sure how much I’ll end up reading in a month, but here are some things I’d like to read in January, or soon, at any rate. 😉 (All titles link to the books on Goodreads, if you’re curious to check them out!)

(All the books in this stack except for Mind Writer were my Christmas presents! I also got a gorgeous copy of Halayda which makes me happy. ^_^)

  • The Heroes of Tolkien by David Day — A gorgeous book I got for Christmas from a very dear friend! ❤ I’m so looking forward to reading this, and looking at all the pretty pictures. 😉
  • A Matter of Magic by Patricia C. Wrede — Technically, I’ve read the second half of this. …Say what now? That is, it’s a collection containing Mairelon the Magician and Magicians’ Ward, the latter of which I read (and reviewed) at the beginning of LAST year and was one of my top favorites of the year. ❤ So I’m hoping to read the first book finally, and maybe re-read the second while I’m at it. XD Because Regency Fantasy and humor and Mairelon!
  • Mind Writer by Mike Lynch and Lisa Godfrees — I KNOW, I’ve been saying I’ll read this for ages; but I will! It’s just very outside of my reading comfort zone and the size keeps daunting me and I have no idea why… But it’s on my read-soon list.
  • (Not pictured: I just re-read (aloud) The Stroke of Eleven by Kyle Robert Shultz to my younger siblings. Yes, I did read it last month already; your point? XD Now that they know the spoilers — aaahh! — we’re currently reading Christmas in Talesend together too, and it’s so fun. :D)

Those are the ones I really want to read this month.

The other three on there are Christmas presents which I would so like to read soon, but we’ll see if they happen this month or if review-reading takes priority and these end up moving to February.

They are:

  • The Midnight Queen by Sylvia Izzo Hunter — This is also Regency Fantasy and I know absolutely nothing about it besides the genre, so we’ll see if I like it. XD
  • The Diamond Thief by Sharon Gosling — This is a YA novel set in the Victorian era (and may be slightly steampunk? I’m not sure.) about a jewel thief girl and a detective. That’s all I know about it but I’m really excited to try it out. 🙂
  • The Icarus Hunt by Timothy Zahn — Again, this may be in danger of not-getting-around-to-reading-it-for-awhile-due-to-genre. Because I don’t actually love Sci-Fi all that much and have to be in the mood for it because 99% of the time I’d rather just read fantasy?? BUT it’s Timothy Zahn (I liked his Star Wars trilogy I read years ago; much better than the new depressing movies, which are fun but dark) and Jenelle speaks highly of this book, so. I’d been wanting to get it from my library for ages but it’s now labeled MISSING in their system so I gave up and got it for myself for Christmas because I want to read this!

Le E-Nightstand

My current to-reads in e-book form… (Which is why I suspect I won’t get to all of those physical ones this month. XD)

  • Disowned by Sarah Addison-Fox — The lone review book I didn’t get to before November hit, and thus has rolled over through NaNo and Christmas season and now awaits me in the new year. I’m quite excited for it! 🙂 (Especially since the genre it falls under has recently been named. Because I’m weird like that and love being organized and categorized. XD)
  • The Last Motley by DJ Edwardson — I’m in the middle of this one right now and it’s excellent so far! The writing is fabulous and I’m sooo intrigued by this fantasy story! o.o I’m reading it for review, so expect to hear all about it on this blog sometime in the coming weeks!
  • Presumption and Partiality by Rebekah Jones — So excited to read the final Vintage Jane Austen book! I’ve loved all the books in that series by different authors thus far, so I’m really looking forward to this one! Plus, it’s a Pride and Prejudice retelling. Has to be a fact in its favor, there. 😉
  • The Lord of Dreams by C. J. Brightley — This is the Fellowship of Fantasy book of the month for January, and I’m excited to try it out! It sounds intriguing! ^_^ (I’m always up for Faeries!)

And since I didn’t do a post like this in December… here: have a belated couple of pics of my December nightstand! 🙂

  • I finally read On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness! *is so proud* Now I know about Peet the Sockman (EEP!) and HAS ANYONE ELSE SEEN THE ADORABLE SHORT FILM THEY JUST RELEASED?? It’s so so cute and I loved watching it and NEED MORE and also that singing bit absolutely SLEW me. SO GORGEOUS. ❤
  • The Stroke of Eleven was mindblowing, of course, as I mentioned in my review. I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELF, HALP.
  • Rulers and Mages was a very interesting read, which I hope to review soon. I’m torn about a certain ship though… *shifty eyes* And a couple things. But otherwise it was mostly really good, and faeriiiiie things! 🙂
  • And a couple of random fantasy Christmas-esque stories, Hogfather by Terry Pratchett, and a collection of dragon Christmas stories called We Three Dragons. All of which I enjoyed.

I don’t always share all the short stories I read, but these were so cute together! Links: Nyssa Glass prequel (Christmassy!), Dreamings and Muses, Ceaseless, Distorted Glass, Christmas in Talesend. I enjoyed them all. ^_^ (Yay, more Christmassy things!)

What’s on your reading list for this month?

Thanks for reading! 🙂

Dream away in those pages . . .

~ The Page Dreamer / Deborah O’Carroll


11 thoughts on “Nightstand Books: January 2018

  1. Stop giving me that look! It’s only the end of Volume 2: NOTHING is written in stone. (Well, apart from anyone who’s dead.) As far as the ship goes, I am simply messing with your heads — ahem, I mean, experimenting with a few things for Volume 3. As much as I don’t relish the idea of torturing my characters too much, some of them really needed some new challenges thrown in (since they weren’t progressing in certain ways for where I want them to be before Volume 4 concludes).

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  2. Ahhh, so many fun and festive books! Sadly I haven’t heard of many of them. But you KNOW how I feel about the Stroke of Eleven. O.O And the Wingfeather Saga has been on my TBR foreverrrrr! I’m holding off on watching the short film until I read the first book!

    I’m currently rereading Bryan Davis’s Raising Dragons (for the fourth time? ish?) and it is wonderful. A bit cheesy, yes, but the nostalgia is strong and I remember every book getting better. ^_^ Since there are 12 books between Dragons in Our Midst, Oracles of Fire, and Children of the Bard, I plan to reread one a month AND I AM SO EXCITED!

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    • Thanks! Haha, I tend to read a lot of really new indie books, or older, more niche books, which means people don’t always recognize what I’m reading. XD Ah well… (STROKE OF ELEVEN. YOU MUST READ IT!) Wingfeather’s been on my TBR forever as well, so it’s awesome to have finally read one! I need to get to the library for the others… Good idea on waiting to read the first one before watching the short; BUT IT’S SO CUUUUTE!!!

      Oh, fun! I’ve only read the Dragons in Our Midst series once (though I enjoyed it!), and I sadly haven’t read the other two series (they don’t seem to be at libraries and I there are so many other books on my wishlists that I haven’t gotten ahold of them yet) but that’s so awesome you are planning an epic re-read throughout the year! SOUNDS PERFECT. I hope you enjoy that! ^_^


  3. You always have such a wonderful, fantasy filled stack of books that have me over here drooling over all the pretty sounding thiiiings.

    I’m so happy you liked your gift. ^_^ The pictures in that book were so gorgeous, I just HAD to get it for you! Hehe. A Matter of Magic is definitely one I NEED. And all these others sound amazing too. The Diamond Thief especially intrigues me! A thief and a detective? MY FAVORITE.

    I cannot waaaait to hear your thoughts on The Last Motley. Because I have a feeling that’s one I’m gonna HAVE to get my hands on.

    I love that you reread The Stroke of Eleven to your siblings. Even though I just read it, I’m also already in the mood to reread it! *sheepish grin* IT WAS JUST SO GOOD! And Christmas in Talesend!!! EEEEEEE! I read it a couple of nights ago and LOVED IT SO MUCH! The War on Christmas story killed me. XDDD

    I think it’s so fun you read a bunch of Christmas-y things. It’s very rare I actually read seasonal things, or books fitting to whatever holiday it is. I should try doing that more!

    ANYWAYS. It looks like you have a delightful list of things to read! I hope you have a wonderful reading month!

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    • Awk, thanks! I try! XD

      YES THANK YOU SO MUCH. *huggles* I am reading it now and enjoying it — it’s very interesting! *nods* You would love Patricia C. Wrede’s regency fantasy! 😀 I’m excited to try The Diamond Thief (yes, thieves and detectives are awesome. XD).

      Yay! I will be sure to tell you what I think of The Last Motley once I finish! So far it’s been lovely! ^_^

      Eheh, yes, I had to re-read it anyway. XD I’M SO GLAD YOU LIKED CHRISTMAS IN TALESEND. *huggles it* The War on Christmas was awesome. XD And Malcolm as the Christmas Dragon!!! I died. 😛

      I actually planned to read many MORE Christmassy things, and… didn’t. XD But I’m the same way, I often mean to read seasonal things but don’t, so I was determined to do a few this time! ‘Twas fun. 🙂

      Thanks! Have a wonderful reading month and year yourself!! ❤



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