Thursday, April 16, 2020

By the Book Bonus Round: What books are on your nightstand?

Thanks to some last minute help we have additional "By the Book" posts  and will post those after the April break. In the meantime, today's blog features a BONUS round, inspired by the bingo game at yesterday's staff meeting!

In addition to the questions I lifted for our purposes, the "By the Book" feature also routinely includes the question "What books are on your nightstand?" For example, here is Harlan Coben's response:

Anna Quindlen’s “Still Life With Bread Crumbs,” ... and “The Stack and Tilt Swing,” by Michael Bennett and Andy Plummer...“Stack and Tilt” is a manual about how to swing a golf club, something I do often and terribly. I made the mistake of taking up golf late in life. I would have been better served taking up grinding glass shards into my eyes or removing my internal organs with a grapefruit spoon.

If you would like to participate, please include the books currently on your nightstand in the comments section below, along with any recommendations you might have. 

Books currently on my nightstand:
A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar (Joinson); The Great Alone (Hannah); The Summer Before the War (Simonson); Stay Where You Are Then Leave (Boyne); and The Stories of John Cheever.  I found my old copy of John Cheever in a box while cleaning.  I grabbed the others on my last trip to the RPL before it closed along with everything else. An interesting list - a book about being alone in the wilds of China, a book about being alone in the wilds of Alaska, and two books about World War I. Perhaps I had a sense of the uncertain times ahead?

Is your nightstand more cheerful than mine (I hope so)? Please list any titles in the comments below and have a great break!


  1.'d be ashamed of me! The only book on my nightstand is my journal. I need to sequester all reading materials to the first floor or I'd be up half the night reading!

  2. Yes! Many of the authors in the real article said the same thing! And so many interesting books I've never heard of! Thanks for commenting!

  3. The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig, The Alice Network by Kate Quinn, and Anne Frank’s Diary.

  4. Thank you for your comment! Ivan Doig is considered a friend of my Montana family. Nice to see his name. Thanks again!

  5. Oh, I loved The Alice Network! Books on my bedside include:
    The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien
    The Art of Teaching Reading by Lucy Calkins
    The Vanderbeekers of 141st St by Karina Yan Glaser

    And my trusty tablet which includes:
    Can You Forgive Her ( one of the Palliser Novels by Anthony Trollope)
    Greenglass House by Kate Milford
    Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus

    The scary part is that I have them all going at once, by some degree!

  6. I'm reading several at the same time also! It depends on my mood. Thank you for commenting. Looking up the Trollope on Libby right now :)