What’s on the bedside table?

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?

4 thoughts on “What’s on the bedside table?

  1. Oooh, good question.
    In my already read pile is only The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian. This was much better than his Water Witches which I read earlier on in the month. The Double Bind uses characters from The Great Gatsby and treats it as an actual event but in modern times and uses it as a local legend. Really interesting, I recommend it. I also recommend his Midwives as well (but don’t read it if your preggers!)

    I’m currently reading People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks. If you haven’t read any of hers either, I recommend her too. This one so far is great, about restoration of sacred hebrew text. Really interesting as she includes a lot the technical aspects. Brooks’s March is excellent – Little Women from the fathers perspective.

    Waiting to be read is John Connolly’s Nocturnes, a collection of short stories (I’m a fan of short stories, I like the punch they pack and near instant gratification). I just finished his The Book of Lost Things which was a dark fairytale, I really enjoyed it. Also have the entire Dragon Prince trilogy by Melanie Rawn. I haven’t read a fantasy series in a while and am looking forward to it. I’ve also got one of the Rich Dad Poor Dad books (can’t remember which) there as well as a promise to DP to read, but I have a few issues with it, not the least that he seems so disloyal to his actual father! I know it’s completely beside the point and I may just be looking for a reason to put it aside for a while, but my time is too precious!

    On audio I’m listening to the hugely popular YA The Hunger Games. This is the first in a trilogy and I can see why it is so loved, it’s great. It’s a bit blood thirsty (it’s like Running Man but with teens) but I kinda like that 😛 I’m thinking of getting the series for my big boy for christmas.

    I could go on for days…


  2. *blush* So I just read back through my comments and have noticed a few spelling and grammatical errors, including my particular pet peeve of your/you’re. And apparently I’m allergic to indefinite articles.


  3. You know you really need to get blogging. 😀

    I think I’ve heard of one of the authors you are reading (Melanie Rawn) and am always on the lookout for new and interesting authors. I will have to stoop to taking notes from your comments if you don’t start blogging. 😛

    As for Rich Dad Poor Dad, the only thing that I found awful was the appalling English. Maybe more recent editions have cleaned it up a bit, but the one I have is painful. The actual information given is perfectly sound, though, despite being US-centric.

    When I was at Story Time in Petone they gave me a leaflet of Best Books for Kids – Christmas 2010. It had the latest Tiffany Aching (of course) in the Fantasy section, but I also noticed in the Teen section that Kathy Reichs (Bones) has a book out in this demographic. It’s called “Virals”. I like her writing style, but I’m not sure if it would be too old for your big boy yet. It says 14+, but then my 3 y.o. easily plays games that say 4-6+, so who knows !?!
    It also suggests a 12+ book by Fleur Beale Fierce September which is a follow-up to Juno of Taris. I’m sure I’ve heard very good things about these, but haven’t been in the YA section for a while to try them out.

    So many interesting sounding books, so little lifetime. 🙂


  4. Thanks for the YA suggestions, will definitely have to check them out. Cass is reading at a 14+ level (you know I’m a proud Mama so I just had to chuck that in there) so they sound pretty good. He is also a Potter-head like I am – oh the joys of raising children so you have the perfect buddy to mould into liking and disliking the things you do! In saying that, I think I’ve moulded him in my likeness too much, he’s getting rather opinionated.


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