On my nightstand
It's been awhile since I've had the luxury of reading a few books for pleasure (and it took me forever to get through my last stack, thanks to Steve Jobs' book. Glad I finished it, but it definitely changed my opinion of him, and not for the better). I'm happily making my way through a new stack.
1. Doctor on Everest by Kenneth Kamler, M.D. I bought this book for Ryan, but I'm reading it first. This book is another account of the tragic Everest expedition from 1996 (I've also read Into Thin Air and Climb) but from the perspective of someone trying to aid survivors of that epic storm. Kamler recounts his experience being a team physician for 5 or 6 different Everest attempts, including 1996 when 5 people died on the mountain. I find the medicine and science behind climbing the world's highest mountain both incredible and ridiculous. This book has been keeping me up late.
2. Academic Motherhood by Kelly Ward and Lisa Wolf-Wendel. This book is next on my list. Wolf-Wendel is a professor at KU in Lawrence and will be speaking to my 'girl power' group at work at the end of the month. I'm looking forward to her research on many, many moms in academia giving me insight into my own daily struggles for balance.
3. Beyond Snapshots by Rachel Devine and Peta Mazey falls into my learn something new category. Since purchasing my DSLR last Spring, I have really enjoyed using it and have taken many, many pictures. But it also makes me want to take better pictures and this book promises to teach me how to get it off "Auto" and make the most of my photos. I first learned about the book from reading Devine's blog where she shows amazing photos of her kids. I don't have ambitions to be the world's most original and artistic photographer, I just want to take interesting and lovely photos of my favorite 3 ft tall subjects.
4. Elevating the Everyday by Tracey Clark. This book is similar to Snapshots, a guide to taking better pictures of your kids and daily life events. Probably overly ambitious to read two books on photography, but I don't expect to sit down and read these cover to cover. I hope to challenge myself with one new skill or technique each week.
What is on your nightstand right now? This stack is a bit short for my preference and all my other books were inadvertently put in storage. I'm looking for suggestions and anything goes!
Do you like to read books about travel and far away places, even when you don't have plans to visit anytime soon? I always have a case of wanderlust, probably heightened now by having kids that make major travel less likely. For me, reading about exciting and faraway places is a close second to actually being there.