Monday, May 31, 2010

Booking Through Thursday - Bedside


Last week's Booking Through Thursday question was all about the books at your bedside. (As usual I'm late to the party.)

What books do you have next to your bed right now? How about other places in the house? What are you reading?

Oh my! This is a "moment of truth" question for me. You see my eyes are bigger than my reading time when it comes to books I want to read and the stack by my bed is always way too ambitious. Especially since many of the book are library books and come with an "expiration date". This question is going to force me to face my bedside pile and realize I need to give up and return some of these books to the library. Ugh!

Here is the list of the books that on stacked on the floor next to my bed, on my bedside table, sitting next to me as I type and in my book bag waiting to be returned to the library.


On the floor:

Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok (recommended by a friend)

Tinkers by Paul Harding (2010 Pulitzer winner, June book club selection)

Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier (new book by favorite author, though doesn't sound all that interesting. Might need to go back)

Based on Availability by Alix Strauss (to be reviewed for TLC Book Tour sometime in mid-June)

Chelsea, Chelsea Bang, Bang by Chelsea Handler (gift from daughter who loves Chelsea)

Shakespeare's Face by Stephanie Nolen (impulse buy from library book sale. I love everything Shakespeare and this NF book about a possible early portrait of Shakespeare has me intrigued)

On the bedside table:

Eleanor of Aquitaine by Alison Weir (love Weir's biographies. Moved this to top of list after seeing Robin Hood)

Next to me (waiting to be read as soon as I drag myself away from the computer):

Unfinished Desires by Gail Godwin (excellent so far. Just wish I would pick it up already!)

In the book bag:

Geisha by Jodi Cobb (great photos of modern geisha. A topic that intrigues me)

Dear George and Other Stories by Helen Simpson (contains fabulous story - Heavy Weather- about the difficulties of raising small children. Really spoke to me)

Waiting for me to make the time to write a book review:

The Leisure Seekers by Michael Zadoorian (funny, heartwarming and full of truths. Stay tuned)

Holy moly, I'm exhausted just thinking about it. How about you what's on your bedside table, stacked on the floor or in your book bag?

4 comments:

Katherine said...

Wow, that is a lot of books. My bedside table is getting rather full, because all the holds I made at the library came in all at once...The Help, The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Girl with The Dragon Tattoo. That a lot of reading in three weeks.

JessRaquel said...

I have a bunch of books waiting to be read, I went crazy on my last trip to the bookstore. At the moment I'm reading Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, on the side I have The Picture of Dorian Gray, Watermark, Bloodroot, Angelology, Sepulchre, and Mysterious Benedict Society.

Gibby said...

Ha ha, that is a lot of books! Sounds like my bedside table. There are so many I need to read! I just got a notice that some of my books are due back at the library and I haven't even had a chance to crack them open yet! Maybe if I get off of the computer...

nan said...

I have Waking Up in Eden (Lucinda Fleeson) right by my head on my bedside desk -- because I am 3/4 done with it. In the pile on the other side of the desk is: All That is Not Given is Lost! by Greg Kuzma, A Thousand Splended Suns by Khaled Hosseini -- still haven't read The Kite Runner! The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Mary Ann Shaffer and Ann Barrows), Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons (Lorna Landvik), The Yiddish Policemen's Union (Michael Chabon) and Birds of America (Lorrie Moore). On my dresser is Connie Willis's Blackout in hardcover. I just had to have it when it came out and still haven't read it! And then there is the ever growing Goodreads queue! So many books, so little time!! :-)

 

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