The Bedside Table
One of the magazines that I regularly read is a writing magazine aimed at women called ‘Mslexia‘. At the back is a regular column in which a writer or some other celebrity is interviewed about what they have on their bedside table etc. I love this column as it gives a real insight into what books people like/dislike and I have always harboured a secret desire to answer the questions posed. So, here goes:
It is a flat pack effort (obviously not flat pack now!) – a three drawer bedside table in fake pine veneer. I know, rather tacky but it was all I could afford when I moved in (and still is!).
I have a huge red cushion I put on top of my pillows which supports my shoulders, neck and head. I try and read before I put the light out even if I just manage a few lines before my eyelids droop.
Reading at the moment:
In spite of what I’ve put in my status report in the left sidebar, I’ve actually got six books on my bedside table. This is because sometimes I need a rest from medieval stuff and so dip into whatever takes my fancy at the moment. My present book stack looks like this:
Shakespeare – Bill Bryson.
The Traitor’s Wife – Susan Higginbotham. (Yes, Susan, I have finally relented and have started to read your book now that I have ‘my’ Hugh securely anchored in my head! And yes, I’m really enjoying it too!)
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek – Annie Dillard.
The Wolf, the Woman, the Wilderness – Teresa tsimmu Martino.
Synchro-destiny – Deepak Chopra.
When I Loved Myself Enough – Kim McMillen with Alison McMillen.
Couldn’t Put Down:
Four books which absolutely gripped me and I would re-read again and again are:
Surfacing – Margaret Atwood (stunning use of poetic prose and imagery)
Women Who Run With the Wolves – Clarissa Pinkola Estes. (Fantastic advice through folk tales)
Here Be Dragons – Sharon Penman. (enjoyable, if idiosyncratic style and superb research)
Prodigal Summer – Barbara Kingsolver. (A lovely book to lose yourself in)
Books I’ve not been able to get into for some reason or another.
Zennor in Darkness – Helen Dunmore (just didn’t grip me at all)
The Hobbit… in fact any Tolkien at all(yes, sacrilege to some I know but I really just can’t get my head around any of the LOTR stuff!)
Pharos – Alice Thompson (couldn’t get into the writer’s style)
The Enigma of Arrival – VS Naipaul (I was forced to read this at uni – I found it to be like watching paint dry!)
The occasional peep at one of the ‘celeb’ magazines. Even though I hate celeb culture and wouldn’t actually buy a copy of Heat or whatever, if I can get a sneak view at the hairdresser’s, I will. I especially love pics of celebs not looking their best as it makes me feel better!
Right, I’m now tagging others to do this…. Gabriele? Alianore? Susan? Anyone else?