Nightstand – the Post-Thanksgiving Edition

I hope this post finds you well and relatively happy.  If you live in the US I hope your Thanksgiving was a positive experience.  Ours was quiet, although there were virtual visits with family.


Stack of books and eyeglasses

You would think my Nightstand books would just be my Goodreads “Want to Read” shelf but no – these are books I actually own (or have checked out from the library).  If you’re asking yourself “what should I read next?” this might interest to you.  You could also click on the various genres on the red menu on this site for ideas. (Photo courtesy of Suzy Hazelwood of




Room with books and tablesRight now, of course, I am wrapping up To Kill a Mockingbird.  I’m about 70% done and will finish in good time to be well-prepared for our December 6 virtual book discussion. (There’s still one spot left, if you are interested in joining.)  This is a prime example of why I find Southern fiction written in the early 20th century hard to discuss.  More about that on / after December 6!



Book Cover: Complete Stories of Truman CapoteI checked out The Complete Stories of Truman Capote from my  library because it contains all three of Capote’s holiday-themed short stories based on his childhood.  Some stories are good, while some seem to be pulled out of Truman’s wastebasket.  I’m in no hurry to finish this; I usually pick it up for 20-30 minutes at the end of the day.



Book Cover: Leaves of GrassI’m  always reading more of Whitman’s Leaves of Grass.  I don’t know that I’ll ever actually finish it; to set a reading goal would be to rush through the imagery and ideas in the poetry. You can read this free of charge on, but I bought a hardcover edition, published by Canterbury Classics, from Schuler Books.





After I finish Mockingbird I’ll be reading The Secret, Book and Scone Society by Ellery Adams.  This was recommended by my friend Linda W, who knows what I love.  The Kindle version is free if you are a Prime member.

Remaining books on the Nightstand include The History of Bees (Lunde) which a kind friend lent me, and Name of the Rose (Eco) which I remember my grandmother reading – I’m about 30 pages in, which has remained unchanged for the past year. I commit to reading these after the above books. (I’m not a very linear reader and usually have three or four books going at once – as evidenced in this post.)

What’s on your nightstand?

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