What books are on your nightstand?

by on September 21st, 2013
What books are on your nightstand? Cover Image

Or, as in my case, on your kitchen table?

In many magazines, such as People or Vanity Fair, there is often a column where famous people are asked what they are reading. Sometimes their answers are something you might expect (Kyle Richards is reading the Fifty Shades trilogy, okay), sometimes they’re a little surprising (Trisha Yearwood read Team of Rivals? did she finish it?), and sometimes a little dubious (Leann Rimes reads?).

Let’s be honest, though…if I were randomly asked what book(s) I am reading right now, chances are I wouldn’t have a stellar, wow-inducing response. I’m often reading a mystery, or only halfway through a couple books, or slogging through something that is a couple years old and it might have a bit of dust on the cover. Right now, I’m reading The Bookman’s Tale. It’s good, I’m almost done. But, the picture below tells the real story: those books have been on my table for a few months, I haven’t opened at least one of them, and I’m not even showing you the books on my nightstand, or the books I have on my desk at work. So many books, so little time. And flat surfaces.

So, reader, what is on your nightstand or table??







3 Responses to “What books are on your nightstand?”

  1. Anne says:

    I have a lot on my nightstand…well, really the top of my bookshelf at home. I had that thing (which there really should be a name for) where all your holds come in at once. I am currently reading Cooked by Michael Pollen, which is excellent. And I have these in the queue:

    The End of Night
    Year of Wonders
    The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells
    Across the Pond
    Bringing Up the Bodies (which is on your table too)

    This is making me anxious. I think I’ll read tonight.

  2. Adam says:

    On the nightstand: HP Lovecraft: the Complete Fiction, which is more than a thousand pages of everything he ever wrote, arranged chronologically (note to future fiction writers: destroy your adolescent poems and short stories– let the future assume you were always “that good”).

    On the endtable in the office: How Children Succeed by Paul Tough. Ironically, one of the first indicators of a child destined for future success is “stick-to-it-itveness”. I’ve been stalled out on page 79 since July.

    On the kitchen table, at least a half dozen issues of The New Yorker, all with “that one article” I keep meaning to read, but never quite get to.

    I really hope that the afterlife has a library… I might need an eternity to read everything I want!

  3. Kyle says:

    On my night stand I have the final four compilations of the Preacher graphic novel series, loaned to me from my brother-in-law. I finished the final book last week.

    Currently, at home, I’m reading a book recalling the history of Hawkeye football, although it travels throughout the house as I read it. At school, on my desk, is the first book in the Percy Jackson series, which I wanted to read as it has been popular among my students.

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