Sunday, January 13, 2008

Things on my nightstand

Since Paul tagged me by email to post about books, I'm just going to totally change the tag game which is somewhat related to books to "Things on my nightstand".

Before I start the list, I would like to share that I usually have a few books going at a time and read different types. I need at least one storybook going and at least one educational/informational one, and if a book comes along that I am anxious to read then I add that one to the rotation.

--Bibles including the Archoelogical Study Bible (which is too big to read in bed), the Message (which is also not very comfortable to read when in a horizontal position), and a King James little leather one that was my dad's and brings back memories when I scratch and sniff it.

--Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond.

--The Secret Things of God by Dr. Henry Cloud (loved it and am reading it again).

--The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence.

--The Merriam-Webster Dictionary (so I can look up those strange new words such as sinter and deflocculate).

--Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin (am still at the beginning and am loving it so far).

--Three by Annie Dillard: Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, An American Childhood, and The Writing Life(finished Pilgrim and am on An American Childhood).

--The Great Stink by Clare Clark.

--The New Breed: Stories of the U.S. Marines in Korea by Andrew Geer (My daddy was a Marine during this war).

--The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron (I'll admit I haven't opened this one in awhile).

--The Purpose Driven Life Journal (because I got it for a buck at a garage sale and it's leather).

--The Emporor's Children by Claire Messud (haven't started yet, but will after I'm done with Three Cups of Tea).

--Promise Not to Tell by Jennifer McMahon (haven't started yet).

--A prayer journal that I hand-made a few years ago.

--A scroll that Melanie brought me back from the Hong Kong Museum of Art that contains the painting "Along the River During the Qingming Festival".

--Some prayer beads my Kansas Mom gave me this fall.

--A box of Kleenex.

--A lamp.

--A flashlight (for when I have insomnia and want to read in bed).

Hmmm...Maybe I should put a bookshelf where my nightstand is. Oh yeah, and my husband has about four things on his nightstand...I drive him crazy so that we have one more thing in common--both crazy.


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Melanie-Pearl said...

do you like annie dillard? i read The Living when i was in hs and i thought i'd was so depressing!

after i read it i did have an excellent feel for the Puget Sound. later when i visited it i realized how well Dillard writes.

i also have an essay she wrote that i saved from college. i'll find it for you.

ps)check your driveway! (Cody started it)

Jenny said...

I really like this post! Those titles look interesting. I have a ton of books on my nightstand too. I tried putting them in the drawers, but I keep pulling them back out and making messy stacks on top instead.