Apart from the traditional sidelight that allows me to read while Mr Oh Waily snoozes, there are currently seven books.
Underway are Wolf Hall, The Feng Shui Detective’s Casebook, Business Stripped Bare and The Inheritance of Loss.
Waiting for their turn are Montessori Read & Write, Mr Wong Goes West and Pilgrim’s Progress.
Of these only Wolf Hall and The Inheritance of Loss are from my Booklitzer 200 challenge list. I started Wolf Hall a while ago and found it fairly easy going, but then I stupidly decided to find out more about the historical figures in the book. That took most of the mystery and anticipation out of reading it, so the novel has languished on the side table since. I am hoping to revisit it soon, but am still in that too much information funk.
I know nothing about The Inheritance of Loss so at least that won’t be spoiled by too much information. It is set in the shadow of the Himalayas and it won the Booker in 2006 and is only the second book by the author Kiran Desai. Hopefully it’ll be a good one.
I don’t know about you, but I always seem to need at least one non-fiction book on my side table too. I’m not sure what that says about me, but it seems to be a constant feature of my reading. Currently that would consist of a business book by Richard Branson, whose Losing My Virginity was really interesting and inspired me when I saw this new release at the bookshop a couple of months ago. And as Miss Oh Waily is showing the beginnings of interest in writing I finally found Montessori Read & Write on The Book Depository and coughed up the pounds for it.
That leaves the two Feng Shui Detective books, which are my nod to some light and easy reading, and Pilgrim’s Progress which I have been meaning to get around to for some time. The easy reading will be very easy and very tempting. Sadly I’m sure they will be the first of these books to be finished as they are such simple formula reads, but very pleasant for that.
So what’s on your bedside table?