Hello, readers! A few weeks ago I found the most adorable post on Jenelle Schmidt's (author of the Minstrel's Song series and coauthor of Five Enchanted Roses) blog: Nightstand Books, in which she takes a picture of the books loitering on her nightstand this month. With Jenelle's generous permission, I am greatly pleased to launch the series on my blog.
Disclaimer: I did not come up with this. The idea belongs entirely to Jenelle Schmidt and D J Edwardson.
And here is my nightstand, which of course totally is always as clean and polished as it is in this photo. Totally...
This may seem like a lot of books to read in one month, but classes are beginning to wrap up, and I find that I have-- wonder of wonders-- free time!
The two books on top are Aristotle's Poetics, by-- um-- Aristotle, and The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, by-- well-- Benjamin Franklin. I have been reading these two slender little volumes for what seems like forever and a few years. They're both short and excellent, so I don't know why they're taking me so long.
Actually, I do, because directly beneath them is my ARC copy of Draven's Light, by Anne Elisabeth Stengl, which I finished this morning. I will review it shortly, so I won't say anything more except that it is, obviously, beautiful.
Below it you see Angels and Insects, by A. S. Byatt. I know absolutely nothing about this book, but I love other work by this author, and my wonderful English teacher lent me her copy.
Moving down the stack, we have Assassin's Quest, by Robin Hobb, another book which I have been reading for a small eternity. Like most of Hobb's work, it's wonderful, and I don't know why it's taking me so long except that it's one of twelve books currently on my nightstand.
Beneath that is The Winner's Curse, by Marie Rutkoski. I've only read the first few chapters, but so far I like it because the heroine is a musician in adversity, which you don't exactly come to expect in young adult literature. (I also kind of hate it, because the sideways pattern of the beautiful cover is echoed throughout the book, which means I'm straining my neck trying to read it the right way up.)
Then we come to The Book of Atrix Wolfe, by Patricia McKillip. I heard of this book on Candice William's blog when she reviewed it, and having enjoyed McKillip in the past, I'm looking forward to this one, too.
Next comes Raising Steam, by Sir Terry Pratchett, the last Discworld book published before his passing. I finished this one yesterday. It features my favorite Discworld character, one Moist von Lipwig, but I, like many readers, found it lacking when compared to the previous books. I think Pratchett was less... ruthless in this book. It was unsettling.
Next come four library books: The Forest of Hands and Teeth, by Carrie Ryan; Touch Not the Cat, by Mary Stewart (which I heard about while discreetly stalking Suzannah Rowntree's blog); Enchanted Glass, by Diana Wynne Jones; and An Echo in the Darkness, by Francine Rivers, which I haven't read yet and am increasingly nervous about.
Wow, that was a lot of books! I don't know if I'll finish them this month-- some of them I'm not sure I'll finish at all-- but I have to admit, there's something pretty about books stacked on a nightstand.
How about you, readers? What's on your nightstand this month? And thank you, Jenelle and D J, for letting me borrow your awesome posts!