What’s on Your Nightstand? ~
I am an avid reader. Nancy Drew hooked me in and I’ve never lost the thrill of a great story. There’s just something about the weight of a book in my hand, the feel of good paper and the musty smell that I’ve always loved. I often have two books going at once and sometimes a third on my kindle. Fiction, non-fiction and something on personal growth. A great deal of my hard earned money has been spent on books. These days I buy used from Powell’s Books and sell them back. And, as part of our simpler lifestyle, I’m re-kindling my romance with the library. Why did I stay away so long? There is nothing better than sharing a great read or an inspiring book with friends. I’ve never belonged to a book club, but it’s on my bucket list. I hear they are often a front for great conversation and good wine. If so, somebody please invite me. I’ll come.
A few weeks ago I joined a really cool online network of book lovers called Goodreads. It’s a great place to see who’s reading what and get unbiased reviews. I got so excited that I signed up for the 2013 Reading Challenge and committed to read 50 books this year. Making a 50 book reading list is a wee bit daunting - So many books. So little time. Or something like that. I need help!
So, inquiring minds (mine) want to know… What’s on your nightstand?
1. What are you reading right now? Do you love it?
2. What is your all time favorite book?
Here’s my answer.
Right now, I’m reading tiny beautiful things ~ advice on love and life from Dear Sugar. It’s good writing in an unusual format and I am enjoying it. On my Kindle: On Writing Well by William Zinsser. First published over 30 years ago, it is the go-to guide for aspiring non-fiction writers. Here’s what I’ve learned so far – If you can say it with fewer words, do!
My all time favorite book? Not such an easy question to answer because, truth be told, I’ve read a lot of books in the crap fiction genre and also, I have the darn short term memory problem. I read them, love them, and then, like a hummingbird full of juicy nectar, I move on. A recent favorite is Wild by Cheryl Strayed. It’s a great read from cover to cover. Life is a Verb by Patti Digh is a fantastic book that I go to for inspiration on living life fully and with intention. I have read it every January for the past three years. I love how her mind works and how she writes. Good stuff. Oh, and anything by Barbara Kingsolver.
Now folks, it’s your turn. What books should I add to my Goodreads Fifty Books List?
Please leave a Comment with your favs and recommendations. I’ll put them on my list and share in another post.
Thanks and happy reading.