Tuesday, January 25, 2011

What's On Your Nightstand?

What's On Your Nightstand is a monthly meme hosted by 5 Minutes for Books on the fourth Tuesday of every month. http://www.5minutesforbooks.com/ --to discuss what's on our nightstands (or bookshelf or under the bed or even in the bathroom) waiting to be read. We can also give a quick recap of what we've read that month, set a goal for the next month or take picture of all the books waiting to be read. It's also a place to tell how certain books made it to the nightstand (stack, whatever) and ask for suggestions for more. She just wants to offer a place for book lovers to get together.

This month she's also wondering if one of our New Year's resolutions was to read more.

Well, yes...I do want to read more. But I always do and I have loads of books on the nightstand (and under the bed and stacked on the floor and on shelves)...all waiting to be read. January has been a good month for me. Last year, I only read six books in the first month. So far this January, I've managed 14--more than doubling my reading output! Here's the list so far:

The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L Sayers (1/3/11)
Emma by Jane Austen (1/9/11)
Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie (1/9/11)

5 Bullets by Lee Thayer (1/12/11)
5. The Chinese Orange Mystery by Ellery Queen (1/13/11)

6. Time to Be in Earnest: a fragment of autobiography by P. D. James (1/18/11) 7. Publish & Be Murdered by Ruth Dudley Edwards (1/19/11)
The X in Sex: How the X Chromosome Controls Our Lives by David Bainbridge (1/21/11)
Live or Die by Anne Sexton (1/21/11)
Black Orchids by Rex Stout (1/21/11)
Cordially Invited to Meet Death by Rex Stout (1/22/11)
Out of the Silent Planet by C. S. Lewis (1/22/11)
The Ampersand Papers by Michael Innes (1/23/11)
The Fashion in Shrouds by Margery Allingham (1/25/11)

I've got a good 90+ waiting in the wings. These are all books that I've committed to reading for the various reading challenges I've signed up for (19 challenges!). But...I'm also committed to reading at least 219 books total for the year (courtesy of the Outdo Yourself Challenge), so I'm going to have to keep up the pace. How about you? Have you committed yourself to certain books for challenges? And have you managed to read more this January than last?


Unknown said...

Congrats on getting a great start on your reading goals for January!


kayao said...

Going to drive back to Milwaukee tomorrow with two nightstands made by

my grandfather (who died in 1979). So happy to have them.