You can tell a lot about a person by her nightstand. It is, after all, one of the most personal spaces a person owns. And a reader’s nightstand is always interesting. So this month Wendy, Tonya, and I have decided to give you guys a sneak peek into what goes on behind closed doors.
So, you nosy little buggers, enjoy!
Allow me to confess to one thing: I cleaned it up. Guilty! I make my bed but it’s never that neat. And there would usually be a bottle of water, some scraps of notes, and a whole bunch of other crap.
But all in all, this is my set up.
I bought the nightstand from Winners. I love it and was smiling ear to ear as I built a great big bonfire with my old, crusty one. The blue pen holder is a liar as it is really a flower pot from the dollar store. The poster is called Cafe at Night by Van Gogh (I’m classy like that) and I own the dumbest clock in the world — it never rings and it can’t even tell the right time.
I love cameras and that one there is the Yashica Mat EM which I bought at a flea market and it still works! I have to mine gold to afford film and processing but hey, art is priceless, no? The pile of books it stands on are all YA I’ve collected in the past year. Some I’ve read and loved like Forman’s If I Stay
series and and Brennan’s Unspoken
, which you can see if you look down and strain your eyes (the red one!). Some I haven’t read but will like Marr’s Fury
and Stiefvater’s The Raven Boys
(thank you, Wendy). I don’t necessarily keep my books in order. I like going all tasmania devil in my room to find the books I want. Exercise.
These books underneath are my urgent pile of must-read books. I put them there mostly so I don’t forget that I want to read them. Ironic, seeing as that part is what I see the least. The hat box stores some scented soaps and candles.
On any given day, you’ll probably find at least 3 books on my nightstand. Plus a mug of tea, assorted notebooks and pens, and the odd bobby pin (or twelve). I’m on of those people who are perpetually in the middle of a few different books at once–and right now I have three half finished on my Kindle, four I’ve either started or am planning to start on my nightstand, a couple of comics, and a book I’m reading with my son. WHEW. This week’s nightstand decorations are:
Hawkeye Vol 1: My Life as a Weapon
written by Matt Fraction, with art by David Aja and Javier Pulido – if you loved Hawkeye in the Avengers movie, you will love this deeper look into his character.
Saga, Vol 1
written by Brian K. Vaughan, with art by Fiona Staples – a gorgeous, gritty, and completely bonkers story about what happens when a demon and an angel fall in love and have a baby in the middle of a war.
The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour – part road trip, part rockband, all beautifully written. I’m so enjoying this one–it’s been sitting on my shelf for almost a year and I wish I’d picked it up sooner.
Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos – I confess I haven’t started this one yet, and I don’t know much about it other than the blurb said, “if you are someone who yawps, read this book.” I am. So I will. (Yay Whitman / Dead Poets Society references!)
by Rainbow Rowell – I loved Eleanor & Park
by Rainbow Rowell so much that I immediately went out and bought this as well. I’ve only read the first little bit, but I can tell it has the same humor and heart as E&P.
Like many bookworms, I keep my “reading next” pile next to my bed. Problem was, the small nightstand I used to have (the first photo on this post) always got so cluttered when the teetering pile of review ARCs was literally stacked higher than the nightstand itself!
A few months ago, my husband and I were at a flea market in West Hollywood when we met a guy who said he could build us inexpensive custom bookcases. We picked out the colors, wood, and finish, and I was super excited when they were finally delivered. Eeeee! Now everything is pretty and organized. (My husband has one on his side of the bed, too. His is mostly filled with space books, and he’s currently reading Going Clear
A few of the other things I keep on the nightstand: two Kindles, a few bookmarks, a box with pens and notebooks and post-its for marking quotes/scenes, a water bottle, my still-unnamed Snarkles clone, and of course, a box of tissues for books that make me cry.
The only thing that could make me love my nightstand more is a magical door that reaches directly into the ARC closets of my favorite publishers when I need to replenish my stash. *sigh*
We hope this gave you some insight into who we are. And maybe even gave you some ideas of how you might want to organize your own pile of books around your bed!
Please comment and tell us what you keep on your nightstand! We’re just as curious!