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On My Nightstand | what sarah knows

I have loved settling back into my routine after the Holiday rush. All my friends can attest to the fact that I am always in the middle of reading a book, but I have been so busy the past few weeks that I am sadly behind. The theme for this months reading list seems to be reading the new books of authors I love. I can never resist a book that takes place in Charleston – it allows me to visit home without the hassle of traveling. Let me know if there are any book y’all recommend – always looking for the next months reads!

The Goldfinch, by Donna Tart. Years ago, I read Donna Tarts book The Secret History in one sitting and have been eagerly awaiting her next novel. I doubt I will be able to accomplish the same feat with her new novel which is a whopping 748 pages, but I can not wait to get lost in this masters works. I am saving this book for when I know I can devote the time it deserves.

The Death of Santini, Pat Conroy. This is the memoir from my favorite author. I first fell in love with Conroy’s writing in the Prince of Tides and his book The Lords of Discipline is my favorite book of all time. A few chapters in and this book already has me hooked. Conroy’s writing is beautiful and his books always seem to transport me back to the South, and when I am in New York that is a true gift.

The Invention of Wings, Sue Monk Kid. I have read and cherished all of Sue Monk Kid’s books and I am looking forward to diving into her newest novel which takes place in Charleston. This book tells the story of two women in pre civil war times and their complex relationship. She is an incredible storyteller and I know this book will hook me from page one.

Habits of the House, Fay Weldon. January 2014 has started off with a bang and I have loved getting back into Downton Abby with the airing of season three. I am hoping this book is full of witty banter and smart one liners that I have come to love from the likes of Lady Grantham. It is always great to have an easy escapist read on hand (especially after a long Monday), and I think this book fits the bill.

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