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Books Take Over My Nightstand!

December 12, 2011

I’It shouldn’t be a secret to any of you that I am a huge lover of books. In fact, my idea of the perfect gift is a stack of new books or gift card to a bookstore or Amazon. Clothes, shoes, make-up – please! But I admit that lately my nightstand that contains all my “to read” books is getting a bit out of control. Even Sophie asked why I have such a huge stack of books.

I do plan to read them and I read every day. But there they sit, next to my bed, where I just stare at them every night, longing to read the next one. Take a look and see how crazy it is!

I’ll give you a little “tour” of the books. I am currently in the process of reading the following three books: Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones; Mom, Incorporated by Aliza Sherman and Danielle Elliot Smith; and Louisa May Alcott by Susan Cheever. I don’t typically read more than one book at a time. But what happened here is I started Louisa May Alcott. Then I heard Tayari Jones read from Silver Sparrow, after which I was hooked and had to keep reading it. And Mom, Incorporated is my practical reading that’s helping me put together a business plan.

What will I read next? I don’t know where to begin! I’m excited to read fellow blogger and writer Michelle O’Neil’s Daughter of the Drunk at the Bar. I’ll be reading Best Kept Secret for a January Twitter book group. The Murder’s Daughters and Precious Objects were finds at my local Jewish Book Festival. And I have two gems from Meg Waite Clayton, and debut novelist Erika Mark’s Little Gale Gumbo.

On a side note: Notice how many titles have the word daughter or sister in them. What’s that telling me?!

They all look so good and there are just so many! And I still have an Amazon wish list that’s more than two pages long!

Can any of you relate to this? Have you read any of these books; what did you think? And also, what’s on your “to read” pile on your bookshelf or nightstand (because I really need more ideas!)? 

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  1. December 12, 2011 1:44 am

    Of your impressive list, I’ve only read “Room.” Be prepared. It’s rough but terrific.
    I’ve shared a few titles recently- seem to go in waves of a few good ones, then a lull into the next one that takes over. I have Water for Elephants on the night table– I tried it when it first came out and couldn’t get into it and then saw the movie so want to try it again. Enjoy!

    • December 14, 2011 11:21 pm

      I’ve heard “Room” is pretty tough. And I loved “Water for Elephants.” It was one I didn’t think I’d like either. But I did.

  2. December 12, 2011 1:48 am

    After years as a dedicated bookaholic I realised that 5000 or so books was enough and that I’d have to do something before our house not to mention my night stand was overwhelmed with them.

    So for my birthday my beloved bought me a kindle and not only am I getting through more books as it’s more portable and I can continue where I took off on my phone. I still love the feel of real books but admit that when it comes to space saving the kindle takes some beating. If you’re considering making the leap I’d highly recomend trying out one of the free reader apps for a book or two before making the leap.

    Good luck


    Mr Bunny Chow

    • December 14, 2011 11:22 pm

      Thanks for the advice. I just haven’t been able to go electronic yet. I’m still into the actual books. But I’m sure I’ll make it eventually.

  3. December 12, 2011 2:18 am

    I’m with you, Leah — tons of books TBR too, but you’re so much more wonderfully organized about it than I am…. I have them all over the house. I also have two in progress right now: THE STORY of BEAUTIFUL GIRL by Rachel Simon and ETERNAL ON THE WATER by Joseph Monninger. I’ve only read one on your TBR — friend Erika Marks’ book (terrific and about Maine!!), but THE MURDER’S DAUGHTERS and LEEWAY COTTAGE are on my list too!! Happy Reading and happy collecting!! 🙂

    • December 14, 2011 11:22 pm

      Yes, I remember you highly recommended Erika’s book and had her guest on your blog. I can’t wait to read that one actually.

  4. December 12, 2011 3:50 am

    When I was single I kept stacks of books around my apartment. Now with kids, the clutter drives me bananas so I keep em all nice and neat. I love books, and your picture make me nostalgic for my book stacks. My sister took this cute picture of my niece next to a stack of books and it’s one of my favorite pictures.

    I think you’ll like it.
    Love your blog, totally joining it.

    • December 14, 2011 11:23 pm

      Thanks for visiting my blog. I love the picture!

  5. December 12, 2011 4:01 am

    That’s a very familiar sight 🙂

  6. December 12, 2011 5:00 am

    When I walk into a bookstore, I feel the pull that an addict must feel around their drug of choice. I nearly get overwhelmed at the choices; I can lose hours in a book store or library.

    I have stacks and stacks around the house .. and sometimes I have to just move them or give them away. They taunt me a bit … “come play with us…” and I can’t get other things done.

    Dreamy picture!

    • December 14, 2011 11:24 pm

      Seriously, MJ, they’re like legal drugs! I can spend hours in bookstores too. I wish I could just sit and read all day long.

  7. December 12, 2011 5:06 am

    I just recently had to clean my nightstand of a stack full of books that weren’t getting read and honestly weren’t very good. Now I have to clean it off again to make room for a new stack. The baby is finally sleeping in her crib so I should have some time to read before bed again. I have a wishlist of Christmas and I’m so excited to be able to read again. It has been much too long since I’ve read a book! And I often read more than one book, but that’s usually when they’re not too great. If I find a book that I love and can’t put down, there is not going to be any other book read at the same time! Have fun with that stack!

    • December 14, 2011 11:26 pm

      I’m so with you, Carolyn, on why I tend to only read one book at a time. And as much as I find the Louisa May Alcott book interesting, I have a feeling that I’ll end up shelving it since I’m not that interested in reading it anymore. We always donate all the books we don’t keep. So I at least feel better about that.

  8. Lena permalink
    December 12, 2011 5:18 am

    I can SO relate! My piles (of books and magazines) are out of control. SO much so that I have instituted a “no new books” policy until I get through them, as well as no new library books, which can also be a problem — I keep renewing books because I can never get through them!

    • December 14, 2011 11:27 pm

      Glad you can relate, Lena. I gave up all my magazines last year when I was cutting costs and realized I wanted to concentrate on books instead.

  9. December 12, 2011 5:18 am

    Currently reading Erika’s Little Gale Gumbo, and it’s a fun read. I gotta say, except for Silver Sparrow and Leeway Cottage, I haven’t heard of any of the others in your HUGE stack. Sorry I can’t be more help. But love the photo. There’s just something so inviting and mysterious about a stack of fresh books waiting to be read.
    Hope you will let us know which turn out to be your favorites!

    • December 14, 2011 11:27 pm

      Thanks, Cynthia. I can’t wait to read Little Gale Gumbo. Maybe that one’s next. Silver Sparrow is really good too.

  10. December 12, 2011 5:49 am

    My to-be-read stack puts yours to shame (or should I say puts ME to shame. It’s topping off a 41 books … and will include even more since, like you, I ask Santa for BOOKS for Christmas. Shoes? Clothes? Naaah.).

    We have similar tastes! Many of the ones in YOUR TBR stack are the same as the ones in MINE. I loved, loved, loved ROOM, The Murderer’s Daughters, and Little Gale Gumbo! Please tell me know you like Lemon Cake (and my friend just read Silver Sparrow, which she also loved; it’s on my list).

    I say, “Let the stack grow as it may!” Reading is a HEALTHY habit, and you’re teaching Sophie that, too! And boy do I know that feeling of longing each time I walk by and can’t just stop what I’m doing to READ.

    • December 14, 2011 11:29 pm

      Thank you, Melissa. Lets embrace the book pile! Glad to hear you liked those books that I have in my pile. I can’t wait to get to them. I’m really enjoying Silver Sparrow too. And I heard about the Lemon Cake one on another blog and was intrigued.

  11. December 12, 2011 5:52 am

    My nightstand gets like this. My boyfriend has banned me having a nightstand because he gets so annoyed by it. We’ve compromised with a mini bedside bookshelf.

    • December 14, 2011 11:29 pm

      I like that idea — a mini bedside bookshelf! That may be my winter break project.

  12. December 12, 2011 7:00 am

    My TBR pile has 11 books in in right now (mostly fiction with a couple of dog and writing books thrown in), but that’s only because I put a few unread books back on the shelf. My stack kept tipping over. Yours looks remarkably stable.

    • December 14, 2011 11:30 pm

      It’s stable for now, Shary, but if I add one more book, it might get ugly!

  13. December 12, 2011 7:05 am

    Oh, Leah, we share the same disease. I’m afraid my nightstand book pile extended to my floor and then to my armoire, and my husband finally convinced me to have a floor to ceiling bookcase built in our family room. That helped clear out a spare room, but I’m afraid the nightstand still has a large stack of books that I just HAVE to read. I’m currently reading Velva Jean Learns to Fly and it’s wonderful – it’s inspiring me to research the first female pilots, the WASPS. So fascinating!

    • December 14, 2011 11:31 pm

      It is a disease, Susan, but a good one. I want to read the Velva Jean book too. I have to try getting that one in before you’re upcoming event.

  14. Kim LePiane permalink
    December 12, 2011 7:11 am

    I can relate Leah!! So many great books!! My current reads are The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman and The Gift poems by Hafiz The Great Sufi Master translated by Daniel Landinsky. Now if we were to talk about my bookcase or my kindle bookshelf TBR list, now that’s another story! I will be looking at a few of your TBR books, thanks for the ideas!

    • December 14, 2011 11:31 pm

      Glad I could give you some ideas, Kim. Is the Alice Hoffman book good? I’ve read a few of her works.

  15. December 12, 2011 7:28 am

    I can so relate to this! While my Kindle has eliminated the nightstand takeover, my book wishlist is ridiculous. All I have asked for this holiday season is Amazon gift cards and I can’t wait for the holiday break to get here so I can actually do some reading! I have never looked forward to plane rides more. Of your books, I have only read “Room.” Not exactly a feel-good read, but I really enjoyed it. I am anxious to read The Art of Fielding, The Marriage Plot, and In the Garden of Beasts. I’m debating if I should finally jump on The Help bandwagon as well.

    Happy Reading!

    • December 14, 2011 11:32 pm

      Glad it’s not just me, Caryn. Yes, you must read The Help! It was incredible and inspiring. You’re the second one that recommended The Marriage Plot, so I’ll have to check that one out too.

  16. December 12, 2011 8:40 am

    I’m inviting you to the next book exchange I go to! That is an impressive stack.

    Right now I’m reading Out of Oz; honestly kind of slow. I just read THIS IS WHERE WE LIVE, and THE LACE READER. Like Caryn, I also want to read The Art of Fielding and The Marriage Plot.

    The problem with me and books is I stop working, basically, if I start reading. I get totally obsessed, so sometimes I actually feel FEARFUL of starting a new one. Luckily I’m a fast reader- most books (except this Oz one) take a day or so.

    • December 14, 2011 11:34 pm

      I’m all over your book exchange! And just think, once next spring comes around, I’ll have your new book on my stack as well! By the way, I’m impressed you’re such a fast reader.

  17. December 12, 2011 9:45 am

    Hahaha!!! This reminds me of the “My Love-Hate Relationship with Books” blog post I wrote several weeks ago. I think you commented on that one. 🙂 I know what you mean, I have all these books I want to read, and when I become enbroiled in them, I lose sleep just to see what happnes next! I think it’s a blessing/curse that comes with being a writer.

    • December 14, 2011 11:34 pm

      Exactly, Shari, so much like your post! I think it does come with being a writer. Oh well, I guess there are worse habits to have.

  18. December 12, 2011 11:03 am

    The floor beside our bed is always crowded with books, too. It’s too bad I like to sleep against the wall ’cause it’d sure be nice to stow everything in the nightstand. We will get through them, Leah; one page at a time. Don’t give up! ; )

    • December 14, 2011 11:34 pm

      Thanks, Jolina! And we will read through!

  19. December 12, 2011 11:26 am

    I have switched to the iPad for some books but not all and the piles around my bed are still too high. As for my Amazon wish list it is at least four pages long.

    • December 14, 2011 11:35 pm

      Glad I’m not the only one that has so many on Amazon too.

  20. December 12, 2011 5:20 pm

    I love pictures of books! It makes me so excited! I’ve only read Room but I really want to read Little Gale Gumbo.

    • December 14, 2011 11:35 pm

      Doesn’t it, Sarah? I actually heard about Room for the first time on your blog. Looking forward to starting that one.

  21. December 12, 2011 11:45 pm

    How many books on the stack doth an addict make? I think I may be in that category, I go book browsing like others go fashion shopping, the rate I can read can’t keep up with an insatiable appetite to acquire and be ready for the next, as if I would ever starve of books, but one can’t just stop, because then we aren’t keeping up with ‘book fashion’!

    Then there is the fallacy of Christmas, we think we will make a big dent in the pile, but I am sure it will grow more than I get through or dream of. Currently making a dent in a biography of Aung San Suu Kyi, a slow read, so may start another to read simultaneously, as is my habit.

  22. December 13, 2011 3:29 am

    My TBR pile is huge. And yes it is hard to choose which one to read next. Too many great options.

    • December 14, 2011 11:36 pm

      What’s sad is I feel like I’m being disloyal to one book if I read another. How bad is that?!

  23. December 13, 2011 10:33 am

    Omnivore’s Dilemma. Michael Pollen is one of my heroes.

    My Goodreads TO READ list has 79 books in it. I’m just glad they aren’t all stacked on my nightstand!

    • December 14, 2011 11:37 pm

      You’re right — better to have 79 on Goodreads not in the house! I can’t wait to read Omnivore’s Dilemma. I love Pollen!

  24. December 13, 2011 11:26 am

    I am always reading many books at a time. One is usually practical. One is usually fiction. One spiritual. One memoir. One on writing craft, etc. On and on it goes. Whichever one calls out the loudest to me, is the one I pick up to read at any given moment. As for stack control, I have become a fan of the Kindle over the last several months. Didn’t think I’d love it so much, but I do.

    I loved seeing Daughter of the Drunk at the Bar in your stack. And I love knowing you’ll read it one day all in perfect time, and not a minute before.

    • December 14, 2011 11:37 pm

      I’ll be reading yours soon. I can’t wait to get started!

  25. December 13, 2011 1:21 pm

    I love this post, because it speaks to where I am at right now, knowing I have a couple of weeks of “free reading” before I get caught up in another MFA semester reading list.

    “What will I read next? I don’t know where to begin!” Exactly! I will say this: I just decided this morning that the book in my stack I had chosen to read next I will in fact not read; it’s a bit too intense for the holidays. I’m now trying to forgive myself for wanting something lighter, and celebrating the fact that one of those other books will now get a shot!

    • December 14, 2011 11:38 pm

      I think there are times of the year — around the holidays and summer — that warrant lighter books. And yes, do all your fun reading now before the MFA rush begins! Thanks for dropping by.

  26. December 13, 2011 3:04 pm

    Even just looking at your photo makes me salivate. I’m making a mental list of the books in your stack of TBR that I need to add to my own humongous stack of TBRs. I don’t know how any book lover could actually hold fast to the vow to not bring another book into the house until she’s read all the other books in her house. Do you have any idea how many unread books I have on my e-reader? I figure when I die my family can through all my unread books into the hole with me because then I’ll have unlimited time to finish.

    • December 14, 2011 11:39 pm

      Seriously! I always swear off buying any new books. But then I find so many for only a few dollars at Goodwill shops and I’d be a fool to pass them up!

  27. December 13, 2011 9:05 pm

    I am smiling ear-to-ear after viewing your book stack! I can 100% relate. Being addicted to books, well, I fail to find anything wrong with that! I remember one of the most startling moments of the first month of my son’s life was when I looked over at my nightstand, and saw that the book I was currently reading had a light layer of DUST on it!

    With a newborn (who was sick… but got better…) I didn’t even have one second to read. It didn’t fully hit me how round-the-clock busy I was until I saw that sad looking book! So of course I picked it up and read a paragraph and dropped off to sleep. 🙂

    • December 14, 2011 11:40 pm

      I can relate. I remember the first few months after my daughter was born. I was so exhausted I never read. I was so dumb to bring a book to the hospital when I was in labor, thinking I’d have time to read a few chapters while being induced. Yeah, right!

  28. December 13, 2011 10:42 pm

    Hi Leah! You have quite a stack of books! I have to admit, I mostly read romances or cookbooks. Somewhat fluffy – but delightful fluff! I read more than one book at a time and – for some reason – have no problem picking up where I left off. Like you – give me books and I’m happy!

    While I still prefer paper cookbooks…I have an e-reader and carry all my books with me, so my night stand just has that. I did purchase my first cookbook on my ipad and it’s great, but I miss the pages (but not on regular books).

    • December 14, 2011 11:40 pm

      While I’m not that into romances, I do love reading cookbooks. I’ve been known to curl up with my Barefoot Contessa and Pioneer Woman books and read them cover to cover.

  29. December 14, 2011 11:54 am

    Wow! That’s a lot of books! I *wish* my book stack was that high. I’m on a bit of a reading hiatus right now (gasp! eek!), and since I’m already procrastinating two big music projects, I’m not starting any new reading until I’ve done my work. 🙁

    • December 14, 2011 11:41 pm

      Maybe it will be motivation then to finish the music projects!

  30. December 14, 2011 1:30 pm

    I recently started reading the Omnivore’s Dilemma, and I’m loving it so far!

    • December 14, 2011 11:41 pm

      Glad to hear that. I really like Michael Pollen, so am excited to read that one.

  31. December 15, 2011 2:33 pm

    Oh I know the feeling! I always feel overwhelmed by the books I want to read. Loved WEDNESDAY SISTERS by the way.

  32. December 16, 2011 6:02 am

    Leah, i read the same way! I get so excited that I pick up a book, depending on the mood I’m in! I just finished The Paris Wife. Now on to Moveable Feast! So many old classics are free to read on tablets because they’re considered public domain, so I want to re-read the Austens, too!

  33. December 17, 2011 8:24 pm

    Hi Leah! I’m so flattered to be among such an incredible TBR pile–wow. Thank you!

    I was so gripped by SILVER SPARROW–Ms. Jones’ language is gorgeous–and I want so very much to read ROOM and BEST KEPT SECRET.

    Right now I’m almost done with THE SILENT LAND and it hooked me from page 1. After that, it’s READING MY FATHER by Alexandra Styron. I am so anxious to get into that one–I’ve heard such amazing things about it.

    Here’s to a New Year with plenty of time to whittle away at our TBR piles!!

  34. December 21, 2011 12:57 pm

    Like the others, this is my white wicker coffee table in my bedroom, and then there is the bookshelf nightstand. You have some titles here I hadn’t seen before, all eye catching. Books and book stores are my guilty pleasure. I am currently on a self-imposed book buying restriction because of the height of my TBR pile. Not sure how much reading you’re going to get done with all that baking you have going on.

  35. July 14, 2014 3:58 pm

    Amazing! This blog looks just like my old one!
    It’s on a entirely different subject but it has pretty much the same layout and design. Great choice
    of colors!

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