The Night Stand

What’s on my night stand? (Or my audible player?):

Unequal Affections

Unequal Affections by Lara S. Ormistonby Lara S. Ormiston

I’m usually NOT a fan of fan fiction. In my opinion, it never really lives up to expectations set by the original. That said, I read such great reviews about Unequal Affections that I had to give it a try. Granted, Pride and Prejudice is my all time favorite book, so it has some big shoes to fill. This novel, a retelling of the second half of P&P told as if Elizabeth had accepted Darcy’s first proposal, does not meet the caliber of Austen’s original writing (but really, how could it?). It is however, delightful. I am finding myself thoroughly enjoying this foray into what-if.

The Fringe Hours

The Fringe Hours by Jessica N. Turnerby Jessica N. Turner

I have been a working mom for a little over a year now, and while I am finding a rhythm, I’m also finding that it doesn’t actually get easier. I do want to continue to grow though, and a part of that is recapturing some of me again — my hobbies, my joys, my time. I’m enjoying listening to The Fringe Hours on Audible. I haven’t learned anything ground breaking yet, but it has been very encouraging.

I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carterby Ally Carter

This is another one that I’m listening to. It’s a bit of a departure for me as it is contemporary YA fiction. I usually prefer classic children’s/YA literature, but I’ve found myself enjoying some more recent releases, including Eleanor & Park, Wonder, The Hunger Games, and Divergent. I’m definitely not a fan of the narrator on this one (I think she is trying to sound younger, but it comes across as a mix of whispering and whining). But I’m sticking with it because the plot line, while pure fluff, get’s me through rush hour traffic each afternoon.

Rescue Me

Rescue Me by Susan May Warrenby Susan May Warren

I’m a huge fan of Susan May Warren. I either really like her writing, or I largely like her writing. The Montana Rescue series isn’t my favorite of hers, but I am enjoying it nonetheless. It helps that I lived in Montana for four years and that state holds a special place in my heart. This novel was full of Montana beauty and plenty of adventure in Glacier National Park as a van full of teenagers goes over the side of a cliff during a storm and the leaders must find a way to get them all out alive.Check back for a full review coming soon!

Moving Target

Moving Target by Lynette Easonby Lynette Eason

I just started this one, so far we already have a rocky relationship and a mysterious kidnapping. I’m hoping that it shapes up into a good read. I have largely enjoyed other Eason novels.

Check back for a full review coming soon!


That’s Not My Tractor

That's Not My Tractor by Lynette Easonby Fiona Watt

This is currently Fiona’s very favorite book. She LOVES the Usborne Touchy-Feely books, and out of the three she has, this one is by far the favored one. Who knew a book about tractors would be such a hit? I would highly recommend all of these Touchy-Feely books. (We also have That’s Not My Pony and That’s Not My Fox.) Bonus points for the author being named Fiona.


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10 thoughts on “The Night Stand

  • March 15, 2017 at 9:23 am

    I enjoyed The Fringe Hours as well! Made me feel better about making time for my hobbies, not just taking care of my family!

    • March 15, 2017 at 11:09 am

      Not losing my sense of self while raising kids is important to me, in a large part because I want my daughter to know that as an adult she can also pursue her interests alongside motherhood! I still remember my mom taking landscape classes and piano lessons.

  • March 15, 2017 at 10:25 am

    I liked Ally Carter’s series Heist Society much better than the Gallagher Girls books. I thought her characters where smarter and I think you can hear more of a grown up tone in the newer series. I like her style for being breezy and a nice escape too and that stays the same, it’s just better in Heist Society (I think there are 3 books so far).

    • March 15, 2017 at 11:07 am

      I’ll have to check that series out!

  • March 15, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Awww…”That’s not my pony” was a favorite in our house!

    • March 15, 2017 at 11:06 am

      That’s the one that introduced us to the Touchy-Feely books. We were given “That’s Not My Pony” at a baby shower in honor of my horse. Couldn’t love these books more!

  • March 17, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    You have a beautiful little girl! The Fringe Hours has been on my TBR for way too long. I think I need to get at it. Pam

    • March 21, 2017 at 10:58 am

      Thank you! And The Fringe Hours has definitely been an encouragement to me. I’ve already been bringing more reading back into my life by listening to audio books on my commute (2 hours a day!), but now I’m motivated to prioritize other activities I enjoy rather than letting those available moments just slip away.

  • March 19, 2017 at 8:43 am

    Well, maybe I should try Unequal Affections. I’ve been disappointed so many times by Austen wannabes!

    • March 21, 2017 at 10:56 am

      Ormiston is no Jane Austen, but I’m enjoying it in spite of that!

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