On My Nightstand

Even when I shop online, I end up with more books than I can carry!

A few weeks ago Bill and I were inspired by a book list on List Challenges, and got a little carried away adding books to our Alibris cart. I didn’t realize quite how many books we’d ended up ordering until they began to arrive! For days our mailbox was packed, Tetris-style, with parcels from all over the country. This is my stack; Bill’s is even more imposing and includes this gorgeous volume:

I won’t get through all of these this year, but my goal is to make a good dent. For the past few years I’ve taken on several different reading challenges, but this year none of them inspired me. Instead I’m making sure that I keep a good variety of books going at a time, continuing to broaden my horizons with more diverse and challenging reads.

Currently I’m reading several nonfiction books: The Splendid and the Vile, by Erik Larsen; Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, by Harriet Jacobs; and Coming Into the Country, by John McPhee. Also a book of poetry by T.S. Eliot, the Five Marys cookbook, the hefty classic Clarissa by Samuel Richardson, and the sci-fi novel Trouble on Triton for fun.

Once I get through a few of these, I’m looking forward to diving into the Jane Addams memoir and the Fortunes of War trilogy (after which I’m excited to watch the miniseries starring Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson!).

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