What’s On Your Nightstand?

May 28, 2013 2013, discussion post, K., what's on your nightstand 66

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!

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K.’s Nightstand

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.
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Tonya’s Nightstand
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!)

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga – this one is really all Wendy’s fault.
Attachments 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.
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Wendy’s Nightstand
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.)
I keep my books arranged in the order of publication; I’m a mood reader, but I do try to pick ARCs that are releasing soon. Right now I’m reading Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, September Girls, and In Search of the Goliathus Hercules. Those are the ones I’m reading officially, that is–I’m always in the middle of probably a half a dozen more that I quietly read and add to my GoodReads challenge without telling anyone about them.



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*
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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! 
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66 Responses to “What’s On Your Nightstand?”

  1. Kamla L.

    I wish my nightstands looked as organized and part of the decor as yours. Mine are so buried in books it’s almost impossible to even tell that there are nightstands under it all.

  2. Alexa Y.

    I loved getting a glimpse into your nightstands! It’s certainly an important part of any room, and I think you girls have really awesome ones. My favorite though, will have to be Wendy’s. It’s really epic!

  3. Kate Midnight Book Girl

    I seriously need the 3 of you to come over and give my nightstand a makeover!!! Mine is cluttered with books, more books and then a few more to give it that “will it or will it not topple over and crush her whilst she sleeps” look. This is a problem because we have two cats who like to jump on our nightstands. I’m kind of okay with the idea of dying in a book avalanche though, as it would surprise no one that knows me.

    Gorgeous pics, loved the explanations!

  4. Sophia

    I keep my lamp, a bunch of hair ties, water bottles, and my current read on my nightstand. It’s tiny, so I can’t really have much on it. What I definitely need is some tissues, because when I’m reading a tear-jerking novel, I always have to rush to the restroom to wipe away tears! Love seeing your nightstands, ladies! :)

  5. nandadoc

    Mine is too boring! I have some little boxes in which I have a lot of miscellaneous things, a hand cream, the landline phone and the book I’m currently reading, which is ‘Fire study’. And at nighttime my mobile phone! That’s it! Yours are so pretty! Jealous! :)

  6. Becca Bee

    Awesome pictures! Nothing makes me happier than seeing books first thing when I wake up in the morning, especially when their stacked or arranged neatly.

  7. Carina Olsen

    Aw, LOVE! Thank you all so much for this amazing post :D Gah. I love all your nightstands :) They are just so awesome. Sigh. And lots of amazing books ;)

  8. Basma

    I am like, so obsessed with those pictures. They make all your books seem so vintage and cool. See, I wish my books were arranged like that. I just have them all over my room.


    By the way, thanks for commenting on my blog.


    Basma @ My Bookish Thoughts

  9. LisaFicTalk

    I love this idea SO MUCH. As for me I have no nightstand. I use an old computer desk that’s right next to my bed for stacking all my books on. I have 2 levels and both are pretty much packed with books and other little bits of crap. lol. I also use it to rest my kindle and iPad on before I go to sleep. Hee.

    I’ve actually run out of space for books in my room. I literally have books in my desk drawer at work now. :D

    You all have such cute little spaces. So jealous. I think I like K’s the best since I have stacks of books like that on the ground and on said desk that are piled that high. Sigh.

  10. starryeyedjen

    This makes me sad. I don’t have a nightstand full of books. Mine all stay in the office. I don’t even read in bed. :( I have a vanity shove next to my bed that’s in serious need of refurbishing. Maybe once the hubby and I tackle that project, I can decorate it with pretty books and other bookish necessities. :) Love the glimpse into your lives, ladies. :D

  11. CherylC

    I love the idea of using a bookcase for a nightstand. I’m afraid after my alarm clock and lamp I only have room for a small pile of books to be read. This must be remedied!

  12. Bookworm1858

    What a great idea for a post! The books around my nightstand are books I’ve read but not yet reviewed-I need to keep them constantly in sight to make sure that I do write my review in a timely fashion!

  13. Lyn Kaye

    This post makes me so jealous. All my stuff is in boxes now, and I have an urge to decorate!

  14. Molli Moran

    Oh well this post was too cool! Love the glimpses into y’all’s lives via nightstand. I don’t have one, so I suppose mine is my dresser. And well. It’s a nightmare of books, make-up, hair stuff, perfume, etc. hehe.

  15. Tina

    Oooh fun! My bedroom is still missing a few pieces, so I have no nightstand just yet. I used to have a nightstand at my dorm room, though, and that always has books on it. Plus a glass of water, my Kindle my phone and probably some pens.

    Wendy: I would love to have a nightstand like that. It’s so pretty. :)

    • Wendy Darling

      Aw, I wish you luck in finding a good nighstand, Tina! Such an important part of any bookworm’s bedroom ensemble. ;) It’s funny how we all keep mostly the same types of things near us, though. Or at least no on has mentioned anything scandalous yet, hee hee.

  16. Melanie

    Awww, all your nightstands are so cute and neat! Looking at mine now, it has a stacks of review copies, my kindle, a mug and a box of tissues- all over the place. Not exactly the neatest. And it’s pretty small which sucks even more.

    But like K., I have a few books under my stand which are also high TBR books.

    This is such an awesome post. I love it! <33

    • Wendy Darling

      Switching over to a bookcase made such a huge difference for me, Melanie–I had stacks and clutter for the longest time, too.

      And what is with you and K hiding the books you want to read most? o.O

  17. lisa farhana

    Ugh your bedrooms are so pretty!

    Well, I don’t have a nightstand in my room, wish I had one, tho. I share a room with my two sisters, and between everything else we just don’t have that space. I’m lucky that my bookshelf fits!

    Thanks for sharing those lovely photos, ladies! I’m jotting down the book titles now, lol

    • Wendy Darling

      Aww. Everyone deals with space issues at one time or another–I shared a bedroom with my sister growing up too, and my “nightstand” was the corner of her desk. One day you’ll have a lovely one, I’m sure!

      I’m glad you’re finding stuff to read from snooping our shelves though. ;)

  18. Kim (YA Asylum)

    I’m jealous of your nightstand, K. It’s cute, I love old fashion clocks lie that, and Van Gouh does really class it up :) And old cameras are beautiful.

    Tonya, you have so many good books! I’ve been wanting to read Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets. I’ve heard good things about it and read his interviews on Nova Ren Suma’s website.

    Wendy, you’re nightstand is fabulous! I love the color and now I totally want to have a mini-bookshelf for my nightstand. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea sounds good, I’ll be eager to hear what you have to say about that and September Girls. I’ve heard just horrific things about that one … it sounds so sexist. I’m hoping (really, really hoping) that it’s not as bad as I’ve heard. Because if it is that bad … then I really don’t understand how it got published.

    • Wendy Darling

      Thanks Kim! I love that color–in fact, my nails are currently that color, too. I promise I’m not obsessed, though.

      I finished DEVIL and it is amazing. You must must must must read it, especially as a devoted fan of horror. SEPTEMBER GIRLS is slow going for me at the moment–I’m pretty annoyed by all the dick references, but I’m honestly trying to keep an open mind. I don’t want to let the violent dislike I’ve seen color my own thinking.

  19. Danielle

    I love all your night-stands so very much! And the books you keep close-at-hand.

    I actually keep my most pressing to-be-reads in my work bag, because I do most of my reading on the train. The day before work I stick a book in there that I’m planning to review, which limits my ‘uhmming’ and ‘ahhing’ about what to read next.

    On my night-stand are mostly comfort reads, for when it’s about 9-10pm and I just want to empty my head a little bit (which is not a reflection on the books – right now there’s a Julia Quinn novel sitting there, because she’s one of my go-to good reads. I also have A.S. King’s book of short stories that are a nice way to cap off the evening)

    • Wendy Darling

      Oh, lucky you–I have commuter friends who get so much reading done! I used to listen to a lot of audio books when I had a long drive into work, too. I always have at least one book with me, too, and sometimes a Kindle–like you, I don’t like being left without choices. :)

      Comfort reads are so great for bedtime–I should probably try to do more mindless reading so my brain isn’t so active, I might get to sleep easier that way!

  20. Ashley @ Book Labyrinth

    This is such a fun idea!! I don’t have an official nightstand as my computer desk is L-shaped and goes right up beside my bed. I definitely always have a book nearby, though.

    Also, LOVEDDDD Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. I actually wasn’t the hugest E&P fan, but I adored Attachments, and Fangirl was AMAZING as well.

  21. Valeria Andrea

    *Flea market in West Hollywood* Granted, is still too far away, but in any given weekend… with summer coming… I probably should go.

    Yeah, I also have a night stand at arm length & my bookcase at the other arm but pretty furniture (Book furniture!) never hurt :D

    • Wendy Darling

      Hah, I think I can dig up that guy’s website/phone number if you want it, Valeria. But fair warning, it took him forever to make the first one (and a lot of stern words on my end), although the second one came just fine. Probably because of all the stern words. ;)

  22. Jasprit

    This is a fab post ladies! I’m one of those really nosy people that love lurking about people’s bookshelves. So love that you have shared your night stands with us! I usually have a stack of books on my night stand that I’m currently reading, like both Wendy and Tonya I usually have several on the go, there are just too many to keep up with. Also I can never just read one book at a time. Thanks for sharing these pretty photos too! :)

  23. Keertana

    I AM SO JEALOUS! You all have such beautiful nightstands! I don’t even have one, but the corner of my desk closest to my bed basically IS my nightstand. I usually have books, a water bottle, my iHome, stray earrings and bobby pins (since I’m too lazy to put them back neatly in my dresser), and my Kindle. I just LOVE this feature though and ALL the pretty pictures!

    K – YOUR CAMERA. Gorgeous. Not to mention I can’t wait to see what you think of those Top Priority books! Also, I love how small and cute it is! :)

    Tonya – YOUR NOTEBOOK. It’s so pretty! (Sorry, that was incredibly random…I also LOVE the lily/flower on your nightstand. I notice random things, so I’ll stop now.) I’ve been meaning to read The Disenchantments for awhile, though, so hopefully I’ll start it soon! :)

    Wendy – So. Many. Books. Love. I’m also a mood reader, so I arrange the books I re-read the most on the top and then work my way down. I don’t buy books I don’t love and then I have a stack of ARCs and if I want to keep them, I find space on my shelves and if not, I’ll put them in a pile of books to trade or give away. I love that you jot down notes while you read, though, on post-its. I usually underline my favorite passages, but only on re-reads since I’m such a fickle reader and typically hate ALL the books except the rare few. :P

    Lovely post, books, and shelves ladies! :)

    • Wendy Darling

      I used the corner of a desk for a long time too, Keertana–I think everyone does! I admit to the occasional stray bobby pin as well, being that the place I keep those is ALL THE WAY ACROSS THE ROOM.

      I can’t write in books, though. I sometimes enjoy reading annotated versions of books I’ve already read, but I find it terribly distracting if it’s a book I haven’t read, or intend on reading again.

  24. readingdate

    Love this feature!! You are all so stylish with your decor. I’d be embarrassed to share my own messy nightstand. Yay for The Disenchantments and Attachments. K’s clock and camera look so nice with the books. And Wendy you did score with the custom bookcases.

    • K.

      Savannah, just super clean it, snap a pic, post and preten its all natural! Haha!!

  25. Jenna

    I totally love K’s flower pot pen holder! Oh, and all of the beautiful book photos. Thanks for letting us snoop. :)

    • K.

      I love it, too, Jenna. Thanks! And you’re welcome except you didn’t mention what’s on your nightstand!

  26. Nadinax

    So pretty!!

    My nightstand is a mess. I usually keep my Kindle there with other books I might be reading, ipod, headphones and body lotion. And there’s ALWAYS a mess of papers to acompany all of that of course.

    • Wendy Darling

      Oh yes, there are earbuds and lotion in my supply box too, Nadinax–plus lip balm, matches, etc. And my iPhone is always next to me, too, for those late-night games of Bejeweled or Candy Crush, hah.

  27. Nadinax

    So pretty!!

    My nightstand is a mess. I usually keep my Kindle there with other books I might be reading, ipod, headphones and body lotion. And there’s ALWAYS a mess of papers to acompany all of that of course.

    • K.

      Oh don’t be fooled! I know for myself, I did some cleaning :s Most of the time my nightstand is not that tidy.

  28. Ems

    I love this post! I adore a sweet, vintage-looking nightstand and you all have amazing ones. :) I’m buying a house soon, and would you believe that nightstands are the first item on my furnishings list?!

    • K.

      Nightstands are just fun and essential! Good luck with the house ;)

  29. Jessica L. Brooks (coffeelvnmom)

    Love the nightstands… they’re all a little different and a reflection of each of you! Have to be honest… my favorite thing is the owl on K’s nightstand (and the gorgeous camera, too)! Thanks for sharing, guys! :)

    • K.

      Jessica, the owl is a x-mad decor :) I have another one of a bird covered in paper with printed words.

  30. Lottie Eve

    I wish my nightstand was as neat as yours. Mine looks like a tornado hit it: empty water bottles, scattered papers, and random containers are all thrown about on that thing :P

    • Lottie Eve

      Heh, the containers are filled with fabric, needles, and threads. I like to sew (I’m bad at it, but still :P ).

    • Wendy Darling

      Ahh! I have a craft closet full of sewing things. :) I’m very much a beginner too, though. Next to the nightstand in the intro photo is a trunk where I keep knitting supplies too, although I haven’t done anything for a couple of years. Very much a beginner knitter as well, hah.

    • Lottie Eve

      I’ve tried out knitting… But it never worked out since my hands were bent on not obeying my commands :P

  31. Jill

    You’d think as a fellow bibliophile I’d appreciate this post for all the wonderful books you have on your piles. But truly I was more taken by your furniture–such pretty nightstands and lamps! And that custom bookcase is AMAZING.

    • Wendy Darling

      Hee, thanks! We were thrilled when we found this guy. The two nightstands really sort of pull the whole room together, too.

      I’m just as taken with pretty furniture and furnishings, to be honest. I should have known K’s and Tonya’s bedrooms would be just as pretty as I’d imagined. Well, not imagined…I’m not pervy. :P

  32. Mary @ BookSwarm

    Love your night stands! Before blogging, I used to be a one-book-at-a-time girl but since, I’ve got a stack of books on my nightstand that just keeps growing! So many good books, so little time…

    • K.

      Oh my gawd, Mary. Same!! I never used to read multiple books at a time. Now that I know how many great stuff is out there, I need to devour!

  33. Liz

    Being an extremely nosy person I really liked this little feature! All I can say is: what lovely decor you all have in your bedrooms! :)

    My nightstand is bare of TBR books because I am all electronic, all the time! So alongside my kindle I keep some graphic novels and those big official movie picture books next to the iPod and tablet.

    Thanks for the peeks!

    • Wendy Darling

      We’re pretty nosy ourselves, hah–if people have photos posted somewhere, it’d be great if they left links.

      Good for you for going all digital; it definitely cuts down on the amount of space and clutter. I don’t think I could make that transition completely, though.

    • K.

      Digital is certainly more green but I agree with Wendy. I don’t think I could ever stop with paper books. Also, I’m thinking we should have requested for people to leave pics of their nightstands.

  34. Julie@My5monkeys

    I don’t have a nightstand , but I have closet full of books to read. I also have my kindle next to my phone , so I can read from that too.
    I have my reading pile of books next to my other papers in book case that full of my kids stuff :)

    • Wendy Darling

      Oh my goodness, you should see the 4 enormous bookcases on the other side of our room, hah. All filled with children’s/YA! One case has the unread ones that aren’t for review. We also have another room with other cases.

      I think Steph from Cuddlebuggery has a book closet, too. I imagine some things would have to change once we have kids.

    • K.

      A book closet? Extreme! I wish I had that kind of room so I can buy all the books I want.