Tuesday, January 27, 2009

What’s on Your Nightstand (January edition)

What’s on Your Nightstand is a monthly blog post hosted by 5 Minutes for Books.

This is the first time I participate in this meme, but I hope to make it a monthly occurrence. In any case, I knew my teetering pile of books needed to be immortalized somewhere! Here’s what’s on my nightstand at the moment:

There are more on my desk (which may say more about my messiness than anything else)... What’s on your nightstand at the moment? Have you read any of the books on mine? Next time I’ll try to take a picture!


  1. Helen is my kind of friend (giver of books)! Happy Reading

  2. Can't wait to hear your thoughts on Sister Wife. I have been wondering about this one. :)

  3. This looks like a fun meme. You have an interesting list and several I am unfamiliar with. I've read "The Pages In Between" and reviewed it on my blog. It's a wonderful memoir and reads like a novel,IMO. I have "The Little Giant of Aberdeen County" on my nightstand also. I just wish that I had more time to read or was a speed reader!!

  4. I really want to read The Little Giant and I have a copy of Tethered to review. Sounds like you've got some interesting reading there. I'll be watching for your reviews.

  5. That is quite an impressive list. I participated for the first time too!

  6. okay...keeping in mind that i read about 25 books a year (or did in '08), is it any wonder that i'm overwhelmed by 'so many books, so little time', when my bedside stand (and percolated piles alongside it) looks like this: [all books are library books unless starred; interlibrary loans have to be returned after two weeks, some popular books can't be renewed after three]:

    The Seuss, the Whole Seuss, and Nothing but the Seuss by Charles D. Cohen (biography, on interlibrary loan)

    Loving what is: Four questions that can change your life by Byron Katie (self-help, recommended by Alex, doubtful i'll read it)

    Intimate worlds: life inside the family by Maggie Scarf (recommended by Avis, next on my to-be-read list, also interlibrary loan)

    Escaping into the open: the art of writing true by Elizabeth Berg (a goody, currently reading)

    The feeling of what happens by Antonio Domasio (non-fic, biology/neurology cross with emotional realities, have been reading off and on for months)

    Writing for your life by Deena Metzger (on inter-library loan)

    Apples to oysters: a food lover's tour of Canadian farms by Margaret Webb (currently reading)

    A natural history of Kings' County by the Blomidon Naturalists' Society (have had out from the library since--2006!)

    *Best maritime short stories (library discard)

    Poetic voices of the maritimes: a selection of contemporary poetry

    Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

    Origin of haloes by Kristen den Hartog (found her in a literary magazine; but I might wait to read her other book that is coming for me on interlibrary loan, "The perpetual ending"--it looks more interesting to me)

    The hiding place by Trezza Azzopardi

    Seven crows a secret by E.A. Morgan

    Brave new world by Aldous Huxley

    Whale rider by Witi Ihimaera

    Almanac of the dead by Leslie Marmon Silko

    *Ockam's razor by Wade Rowland (on loan from Avis)

    Star-anchored, star-angered by Suzette Haden Elgin

    Lorna Doone by RD Blackmore (will not read; but it's where my mother-in-law, via her aunt, acquired her first name)

    Okay...that's twenty books.

    I think I noticed Trezza Azzopardi elsewhere on your blog (I just grabbed her off the shelf as a browse-read)--is she any good?

  7. Yeah the books around my nightstand (and beside and under my bed) also speak to messiness more than anything.

  8. May I ask - what made you put aside Tethered? I have that in the TBR stacks. I enjoyed your best of the year post!

  9. Yeah, me too, Nise! Thanks!

    I just finished reading it, Mari, so hopefully I should have a review posted soon. (I enjoyed it!)

    I know what you mean about wanting to speed-read, Bonnie! Although in my case, I think I need to learn to speed-review! I'll check out your review of The Pages in Between once I've finished reading it.

    The Little Giant is great, Sandra. And I will pick Tethered up again at some point...

    I'll check out your post too, Joyful Days. Thanks for stopping by!

    Wow, Brogan, and I thought my pile was impressive! I also have Escaping into the Open, so I'm glad to hear you're enjoying that one! And yes, you're right, I have the Trezza Azzopardi book, although I just got it so I haven't read it yet. We'll have to compare notes once we both get around to it. I'm also curious about the Suzette Haden Elgin book—it's been a long time since I've read anything by her. Thanks for sharing your bookshelf!

    Thanks for stopping by, Jennifer! This is a fun meme. I realized when I checked out some other folks' posts that the books on their nightstand were actually books they were intending to read in the next month, which isn't necessarily the case with my pile. (There are at least a few that will be relegated to another spot in the house for a while before they get read!)

    Tara, I don't know, it just didn't grab me enough. But I do want to give it another try at some point. Glad to hear you enjoyed my best of 2008 post!

  10. You're braver than me ... my nightstand would need a bit of tidying up before I took a picture; it's quite a catch-all!

  11. Ah well, Dawn, we'll see what happens next month! (In other words, I'm not so sure there'll be a picture next month either, although there's not much room for anything other than books on my nightstand.)