Quick, tell me! What’s on your nightstand? (books, I mean)
April 15, 2008 § 5 Comments
You know those party games (’50s-centric?) where the hostess brings out a tray of objects and you have 20 seconds to look at them before she whisks it away, produces pen and paper for all the gamesters, and each has to write down what they remember seeing on the tray? I usually was rather good at it, greatly because I knew the hostesses (especially if they were a friend’s mom) and the kinds of things each would put on the guess-this tray. I remember winning a necklace with my initial on it. How did the hostess know that a “D” would win the game? I didn’t care. It was a gold initial on a wooden circle set in a gold chain. Quite the thing at the time. I was delighted and no I wasn’t going to trade it with Debbie or Donna or Delia, all of whom were at the party. (And I wondered how the hostess just happened to have “my” intial on a necklace?)
Anyway, that’s the test I am presently giving myself as I stand here in the kitchen making coffee. What books are on the bedside table? What choices will I have in another couple of hours, after HM and I chat, watch Boston Legal, and walk the dogs?
I think the pile has these to offer:
Naked – Sedaris
Granta (#100 – but I can’t think of the theme)
Another Granta (ditto on the theme problem)
The Many Lives and Sorrows of Josephine B (an easy read, historical, entertaining)
My Cousin Rachel – Daphne DuMaurier – I just HAD to have that book, read the first 10 pages about three months ago and haven’t gone any farther.
Lonesome Dove – OK, I’m thinking that’s going to be for summer vacation. All I know it, it is often lauded for its dialogue and its shifting point of view without explanation yet it works. So, I will press on.
The Golden Notebook- Lessing. A gift. Another long long book. The anticipation of it also equals enjoyment.
Murder in Gramercy Square – V Thompson. New to my “collection.” This little series has won me in the “quick and engaging nighttime read” category.
I think I’m missing some of the books in the stack; I do know however that it is getting higher than my lamp, so either I need a taller lamp or must start stacking books underneath it. Hey, that’s a good idea.
What’s on your nightstand?
Oh, and hats off to Janice at www.oneminutebookreviews.wordpress.com who continues to inspire my reading and my oh so cool hunt for the next awesome book, whether I get to read it right away or not.