Greetings from Cape Cod! If I could figure out how to post a picture of where I'm blogging from, I would: I'm on a beach, old windmill (working!) behind me, my feet in the low-tide surf. Despite all of the threats of Hurricane Bill coming up the coast, the day is sunny, the water is balmy, and the breeze is perfect. It's absolutely amazing to me that I can sit out in this beauty and still be connected to the Internet. To some of you that might sound absolutely awful, but to a blogger it means freedom. 


Freedom to this blogger also means having something VERY low-tech next to me: What else but a book? I pared my "nightstand stack" down to just 19 books for the 14 days we'll be gone. Today I'm reading A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True by Bridget Pasulka and finishing up The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine B. Howe. Tomorrow I'll dive happily into Half-Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls. Oh, and A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore. 


Well, I'll read in a few minutes. After a swim...just a little one. The water's lovely!


That reminds me...need to read THAT title, too, by Ruth Rendell! So many books, so little time before the hurricane...


Enough about me. What's on your nightstand? I'd love to know; the messages that people send about what they're reading are better than most bookstore displays!


I hope that if you're on vacation like I am, you've got a wonderful stack of books of your own and plenty of blue skies under which to read them.  

by on ‎08-22-2009 12:38 PM

Yes there are so many books and I don't have enough time. But the immediate top of my list of books are -
Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison
Lamentations by Ken Scholes
I need to pick up Twilight Zone Anthology and By Blood We Live Anthology. They are coming up in the boards here for September.
Agatha Christie books, Ryan_G started reading her books.
 I was jealous and need to start reading them. I am only missing a few.
Sookie Stackhouse series, I am on the 4th book
Also reading Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

The problem is there is always a new book jumping into the middle of the stack.

And then the whole order of the books change.

Hope you make it through the stack of books you brought with. Enjoy!

by donnaNY on ‎08-22-2009 09:45 PM

I too have a list that keeps growing.

I just finished John Grisham"s The Associate. 

The pile to be read is Robin Cook's " Intervention",  Christopher Ransom "The

Birthing House", John Connolly " The Lovers ",   "A Fatal Waltz" by Tasha Alexander.

I also have a pile of Agatha Christie books, picked up a bagful for $1.00 at my

local library.

So me of the books I've read this summer were Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwall,

Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner and a couple of my agatha christie's.

I also am going through p.d. james' Adam Dalgliesh series.

Now if I can stay away from the library this week my pile won't grow!!

by mcenzalli on ‎08-23-2009 10:24 AM

i love this post, my piles are really bedside and coffee table :smileyhappy: 

I work a few hours a month in a 2nd hand bookstore- feeds my addiction...


finishing Lost Boy, The story of Warren Jeffs

In the middle of Eclipse

in the middle of Queenof  the road- The true tale of 47 states, 22000 miles, 200 shoes , 2 cats, 1 poodle, a husband and a bus with a will  of its own-Doreen Orion

 (seriously wins best title)

On deck-

The Deep Blue sea for beginners-Luanne Rice

Duchess- a novel of Sarah Churchill-Susan Holloway Scott

The Death of the heart-Elziabeth Bowen


Other books read this summer: The Middle Place, Kelly Corrigan,  Harland Coben, Hold Tight, The Nazi Officers Wife, Edith Hahn Beer, and several rereads of some Maeve Binchy faves and Rosamund Pilcher plus others i cant remember-


 I love to hear what others are reading...

by Abendrot on ‎08-23-2009 11:56 AM

I am glad to find other people are this buried in books. My bedside stacks are multiple and floor to bed high. Whatever I do, however much I read they will not grow smaller and yes, books definetily move up and down these stacks, depending on mood or whatever new interest has just taken hold of me.

My most active stack at the moment contains: 

People of the Past, Göran Burenhult, Genl. editor


Dead Silence, Randy Wayne White - can't resist his books! Living in his approximate    neighborhood I love all the local color and he does write a good yarn.


My Name is Red, Orhan Pamuk, written by Turkey's foremost writer of the day, this is a murder mystery taking place during Ottoman times among the tightknit group of court miniaturists.


Suite Francaise, Irene Nemirovsky


 To lighten the mix I love to intersperse P. D. James, Patricia Cornwell or Elizabeth George. There was a time I read Aagatha Christie till there were no more and Ngaio Marsh...

So much to read, so liitle time.



by KomodoDragon on ‎08-23-2009 10:59 PM

I have so many books I have neglected because new things keep coming out and I have to read them right away.  So, I am going to my archives and have promised myself no new books until I finish my unread books.  On my nightstand (and bedside) are:


The Cestus Deception by. Steve Barnes

High Voltage Tattoo by Kat Von D (always on my nightstand, I look at the tattoos over and over again)

Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell

Out from Las Vegas by. Florine Lawlor

Hiking Southern Nevada by Branch Whitney

by cchale on ‎08-24-2009 03:26 PM

I have gone back to school, so the only time I have for "fun" reading is the summer. Right now at my bedside are:


A Beautiful Mind, Sylvia Nash

The Woman Who Named God: Abraham's Dilemma and the Birth of Three Faiths, Charlotte Gordon

The Shack, Wm Paul Young, Wayne Jacobsen & Brad Cummings

Calligrapher's Daughter, Eugenia Kim

The Thirteenth Tale, Diane Setterfiled

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, Malcolm Gladwell

Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card (recommended by my son)

The Encyclopedia of Mistresses:an Under-the-Covers Look at the "Other Women: of History's Most Influential Men, Dawn Sova


Not sure if I can get through the stack by the time I have to start school reading again, but it will wait for me if I can't.



by tchem75 on ‎08-27-2009 08:15 PM

Currently on my nightstand is a pretty eclectic collection:


The Vampire Armand - Anne Rice

Mammoth Hunters - Jean Auel

The 5 People you meet in Heaven - Mitch Albom

The Third Chimpanzee - Jared Diamond

Evolving God - Barbara King

Invisible Monsters - Chuck Palahniuk


Hopefully I will finish some of them some time soon.

by dwillix8 on ‎03-31-2010 12:28 AM

Well I have the Nook and love it but I forgot about all the unread books on my shelf since Christmas.  So I have decided to read all of my "night stand" books before devouring more literature on my Nook.


So this past week, I read The Devil in the White City, The Outsiders, and Catch-22.


What is left on my stand are:


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo


The Things They Carried

Alice in Wonderland stories

Tale of Two Cities

The Great Gatsby (which I always read every summer here in SC)


I'm hoping to finish these up by the end of May.  I never enjoyed reading when I was younger in school but now I can't help but have a book open at any given moment.  Thank goodness I'm only 25 and can catch up!


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