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Thursday Thirteen, Vol. 25

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13 Books Piled in a Precarious Heap
on My Bedside Table

I don’t have a lot of time for reading this days, but as you might expect from someone with the Moon in Gemini I can’t get to sleep at night without knocking back a page or two of some light, diverting read. We’re not talking about Literature here; typically it’s a chapter of something acerbic from the Joe Queenan (pictured above) collection, but Sandra Tsing Loh, Laurie Notaro, or David Sedaris also make regular appearances in the lineup.

Here is a taste of what’s currently littering my rickety, overburdened nightstand:

  1. The World of Jeeves (P.G. Wodehouse)
  2. If You’re Talking to Me, Your Career Must Be in Trouble (Queenan)
  3. Red Lobster, White Trash, and the Blue Lagoon (Queenan)
  4. Queenan Country (Queenan)
  5. Confessions of a Cineplex Heckler (Queenan)
  6. Holidays on Ice (David Sedaris)
  7. A Year in Van Nuys (Sandra Tsing Loh)
  8. Astrology for the Soul (Jan Spiller)
  9. Giant (Edna Ferber)
  10. Start Where You Are (Pema Chodron)
  11. I Love Everybody, and Other Atrocious Lies (Laurie Notaro)
  12. The Grim Grotto: A Series of Unfortunate Events #11 (Lemony Snicket)
  13. Talk to the Hand (Lynne Truss)

What are you reading? Or at least using as a coaster on your nightstand?

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4 comments to " Thursday Thirteen, Vol. 25 "

  • Practical Homicide Investigation (Practical Aspects of Criminal and Forensic Investigations) by Vernon J. Geberth

    Lady Oracle by Margaret Atwood

    Letters to a Young Poet by Rilke

    Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth

    The Frenchman can’t understand how I can read the homicide book just before I sleep. It’s filled with the nastiest pictures of dead bodies. There isn’t a horror movie that comes close to this. I just cover them up with a card until I can look at ’em in the daylight.

  • I’m reading Orhan Pamuk’s Snow, which is quite good, but I haven’t had time to get back to it for about two weeks. I also have a growing pile of New Yorkers. I can usually get to the movie reviews, but haven’t even managed that. But the big deadline is past, so hopefully now. I also have Urrea’s The Hummingbird’s Daughter waiting. Three poetry books are also on my nightstand, as is my journal. My ephemeris is now on the floor beside my desk. I’ve just started listening to Ruth Reichl’s Garlic and Sapphires, and I have Pimsleur Spanish IV awaiting as well.

  • I have read a book a day (at least; two yesterday) while I process my funk. I am finally seeing the light. WOO-HOO for me!

    I love Pema Chodren.

    YOu can see ALL that I have been reading on my blog.

  • Michele Lessirard

    Refuse to Choose by Barbara Sher
    True Evil by Greg Iles – I love his books!
    Small is the New Big – Seth Godin
    Multiple Streams of Coaching Income- Andrea Lee
    The Heaven’s Declare by Alice O Howell

    I am a Scanner…I pick up a book and read it, then put it down and then come back to it. Of course I am ready to read your book when it’s published!