Wednesday, February 20, 2013

What's on Your Nightstand?

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As I was gathering books to return to the library, I noticed that an inordinate amount of them had to do with writing: Reading Like a WriterRevision And Self-EditingThe Emotion Thesaurus, Plot and Structure, Write Great Fiction: Description & Setting, with a sprinkle of pleasure reading thrown in for fun: GlimpseDaughter of Smoke & Bone, and of course the mandatory spiritual encouragement: Jesus Calling, Women of the Bible and the Bible. After I had gathered my books and stolen a few precious moments to read just one (or two) more pages in Glimpse, I began to wonder, What's on your nightstand?

Is your nightstand filled high with books that will help you be a better writer, gardener or poker player? Or is it your sanctuary from the trials of everyday life bearing only the requisite lamp and alarm clock? I've discovered some of my best books through suggestions from friends and would love to know, What's on Your Nightstand?  Who knows? What you are reading now, may just become my new favorite book for 2013.


15 comments:

The Happy Whisk said...

Mine has cookery and bake books.

Kyra Lennon said...

This is kind of sad, but currently my nightstand is filled with six copies of my own book, Game On, with all the variations of different covers LOL!

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

I do enjoy reading books about writing. I have The Emotion Thesaurus in my room, too. :) I also loved Save the Cat. But mainly I read for pleasure. I enjoy many different genres, as long as they aren't too depressing. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

My iPad is on my nightstand! And filled with so many books, I don't know where to begin.

S.P. Bowers said...

Actually my night stand is pretty clear. Most of my reading is done in snatches around the house, mostly while cooking or eating so I generally keep my books in the kitchen. The only book I have on my nightstand, which does happen to be a writing craft book, is Bird by Bird which I got for Christmas.

Annalisa Crawford said...

For Christmas I got a voucher for a second hand book shop - I bought old copies of a Sherlock Holmes and Rebecca, and a book about Queen Victoria published in 1896.

Julie Luek said...

I've got the Kindle version of the nightstand, but I'm currently working through, Good Prose by Kidder and Todd, and Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver. Up next are The Round House by Louise Erdrich, My Detachment by Tracy Kidder and The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap by Wendy Welch. Phew. I better get reading.

Nicole said...

My bookshelves are in the bedroom, so there's nothing on my nightstand...but there's a whole lot in easy reach. ;)

Scribbles From Jenn said...

Happy Whisk, I bet those books make for some happy tummies around your house.

Kyra, if I had a published book my nightstand would look the same.

Rachel, Save the Cat is a MUST for every writer.

Alex, An iPad keeps the nightstand a lot tidier.

S.P., I think you'll love Bird by Bird. I keep books in the car for my reading *snacks*.

Annalisa, I absolutely love secondhand book stores. You can really stretch your dollar there.

Julie, great titles. I may have to check out a few. Thanks.

Nicole, bookshelves in the bedroom??? Genius!

Lexie C. said...

Wow, that's a lot of writing-type books!

On my nightstand is a pile of crocheted things that is getting out of hand, but no books. On the floor by my bed, however, is a book party! I think there is a good assortment of craft-type books and fiction that I've started and haven't been able to plow through and the one I'm most enjoying- a huge book of the (supposedly) best short stories of the 20th century.

Magical Mystical MiMi said...

I have the Bible, books on angels, spirituality, The Secret, The Invitation, gosh. Apparently, just everything spiritual! Lol.. :)

T. Drecker said...

I have the Bible, How to Write and Publish Children Books, Castles in the Air, Divergent, Coraline, and a kid's information book about space.
Oh, and a notebook and pen for those sudden ideas ;)

sydneyaaliyah.com said...

I have what ever is the latest book on writing on my night stand along with what ever current novel I am reading and my iPad opened to the other novel I am reading.
Plus, I have my calendar and I think a book on dieting.

Mark Noce said...

Great post, and yes, my nightstand is clogged with books, everything from lit to travel:) Neat blog!

Scribbles From Jenn said...

Lexi, I noticed the same thing. Crocheted things?? That brings back childhood memories.

Mimi, they lift you to a higher place.

T. Drecker, I need to add a notebook and pen to my nightstand.

Mark, thank you! Travel books on the nightstand might allow for some sweet dreams.

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