1 March 2012

Books By My Bedside

I've been tagged by Helen at Casa Costello to reveal the books lurking on my bedside table, though in this case my bedside table is so cluttered the books end up living underneath.

To be honest I wasn't sure what I'd find. I use to read voraciously, but once I immigrated books were a bit too expensive (and I never figured out the library in Manchester). Then my wrists started to give me trouble and books were simply too painful to hold up. Things have improved since we bought a Kindle, but I'm still out of the habit of reading.

Found under my bedside table:
Forgotten Voices of the Holocaust - Possibly an odd choice for bedside reading, but it's been living under my table the longest. I like the Forgotten Voices series because it's a collection of short stories and experiences, so it's easy to dip in and out of. Though the subject isn't cheerful, I like seeing history through the eyes of the people living it.
The Time Traveler's Wife - I was surprised to find this hidden all the way at the back. I happened to pick up my sister-in-laws copy of this on holiday and after reading the first few chapters I had to buy a copy myself so I could finish it. Though the book is brilliant, it was a bad choice to read during the emotional stress of trying to conceive. I found the miscarriage scenes quite upsetting, so think I'll wait till I'm past all the TTC stuff before reading it again.
The Free Bards - This is one of the few books that made the big move with me. It's an omnibus of Mercedes Lackey's fantasy series. I started reading this a few weeks ago, but the weight has made it difficult to stick with.

My current reading list is mostly on my Kindle, so I'll highlight the most recent of those.

On my Kindle:

Before I Go to Sleep - Is the current choice for the WI book club. It's not bad, though I found the character a bit irritating. There were times when I just wanted to shout at her.
Magic Gifts - Ilona Andrews was recommended by someone I follow, and I found this free download on her website. Jumping in halfway through the series never helps, but I found the world too hard to believe. I don't think I'll go out of my way to read any more by this author.
Finally One Day by David Nicholls is the next book on my reading list. I've seen the film already, so I'm looking forward to delving deeper into the story.

I've been quite lucky, my guilty pleasures had all been returned to the bookshelf before Christmas. But now comes the tricky part where I have to tag some of you. So share your bedside book (and give yourself extra motivation to tidy your bedside table!) And feel free to join in even if I haven't tagged you.

Jamie-Leigh at Love Always
Janine at Chouxchouxbedoo
Nicola at Nic's Notebook
Jax at Making it Up
Karen at All For Scone