BTT: Bedside

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme.

What books do you have next to your bed right now? How about other places in the house? What are you reading?

This one here is going to have to be a picture post. I’m going to use small versions of each picture, but if you want to zoom in and see more detail, just click on them.

Let’s start with the simple part. Here are the books immediately next to my bed, on the right hand side, on the box/table thingy that my TV and other bits and pieces are on:

As you can see, Cookie Monster is standing guard over these books, and there is also the remnants of the cold medication I was using a few weeks ago. These are the three books that Cookie Monster is currently guarding:

  • The Bibliophile’s Devotional: 365 Days of Literary Classics by Hallie Ephron
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Only the first two are actually being read at the moment. I’m reading The Bibliophile’s Devotional one day at a time, and I’m reading a few chapters a week of Wuthering Heights as part of a read-a-long over at Fizzy Thoughts. Life of Pi, on the other hand, has been sitting there for quite a while, waiting for me to pick it up. I even had it in my purse a couple times at school, but never actually started reading it. Soon, though.

Next up is the other side of my bed. This is what it normally looks like when I’m sitting on my bed and looking to the left, towards or out of the window:

Yeah … you see those, right?

That’s my general to-be-read pile. Or, I suppose, those are my piles. Here, take a look at what’s behind the curtain:

Yup. That’s where the bulk of my TBR books – at least, the ones that I hope to read soon – are located. This literary feast sitting on my window ledge originally started with just a couple books that I had bought, which were unpacked, put onto my bedside table (or onto the bed), and then needed a place to go where they were still close at hand, but out of the way. That’s where they ended up, and the piles have been growing and shrinking at variable rates depending on the balance of books being added to my home and the books being read and then shelved in the other rooms of the apartment.

Just for you guys, I turned these piles around (changing nothing about their order, just shifting them so that all the spines were in the same direction), and took another picture so that you can see what’s actually there:

To be clear, here’s a list of what’s on the window ledge (starting at the top left, going down the first pile, then starting at the top of the pile on the right and going down):

  • Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
  • The War Memoir of (HRH) Wallis, Duchess of Windsor by Kate Auspitz
  • The Book Thief by Markas Zusak
  • Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro
  • What is Stephen Harper Reading? by Yann Martel
  • A Little Trouble With the Facts by Nina Siegal
  • Kissing the Mask: Beauty, Understatement and Femininity in Japanese Noh Theatre, with Some Thoughts on Muses (Especially Helga Testorf), Transgender Women, Kabuki Goddesses, Porn Queens, Poets, Housewives, Makeup Artists, Geishas, Valkyries and Venus Figurines by William T. Vollmann
  • A Century Turns: New Hopes, New Fears by William J. Bennett
  • The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
  • The Writing Diet: Write Yourself Right-Size by Julia Cameron
  • Reflections on Islam: Ideas, Opinions, Arguments by George Jonas
  • God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything by Christopher Hitchens
  • The Edible City: Toronto’s Food from Farm to Fork edited by Christina Palassio and Alana Wilcox
  • Farmer Jane: Women Changing the Way We Eat by Temra Costa
  • Memories of Muhammad: Why the Prophet Matters by Omid Safi
  • House Works: How to Live Clean, Green, and Organized at Home by Cynthia Townley-Ewer
  • The Arab Table: Recipes and Culinary Traditions by May Bsisu
  • The Sheikh’s Batmobile by Richard Poplak
  • The Case for God by Karen Armstrong
  • The Book on the Bookshelf by Henry Petroski
  • Becoming Shakespeare: How a Dead Poet Became the World’s Foremost Literary Genius by Jack Lynch
  • Murder in the Name of Honor by Rana Husseini
  • ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life by Judith Kolberg and Kathleen Nadeau
  • Talking to God: Portrait of a World at Prayer edited by John Gattuso

Phew. That was crazy. <counts the list> That’s 24 books, sitting on my window ledge, waiting for me to pick them up and read them.

Well, sort of. I’m currently reading (in chunks) Wolf Hall, and have read a little of What is Stephen Harper Reading?, The Writing Diet, The Edible City, and ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life before, though I’m not currently reading them.


I can hear what you’re thinking. “That’s got to be it, right?”

Mmm … no.

That is where you would be wrong.

After taking those pictures, I walked out into the living room, and realized that there was yet another pile of to-be-read books sitting on a chair. That pile also contained a few books that I have already finished reading, so I separated those out, and brought the rest into my room to take a picture and show you:

Here is a list of the contents of that pile:

  • The Art of Eating In: How I Learned to Stop Spending and Love the Stove by Cathy Erway
  • The Faith Club: A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew – Three Women Search for Understanding by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver, and Priscilla Warner
  • Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
  • The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Wish Maker by Ali Sethi

I have now put those books onto the top of the left window-ledge pile.


I’m just going to ignore the remaining to-be-read books that are scattered around my home, mostly in bookshelves. Those are ones that I’m generally not even contemplating reading any time soon, some of which I have probably owned for years. Well, “many” of which, or “most” of which, would probably be more accurate.

Moving on.

As for the last part of the question – what am I reading? – that one is typically answered at the bottom of every one of my posts, where it says “Currently Reading” in red italics. But for the sake of this post, I’ll tell you what I’m in the middle of right now, and where they’re located:

  • (at school) – Chasing Lolita: How Popular Culture Corrupted Nabokov’s Little Girl All Over Again by Graham Vickers
  • (in my purse) – Fasting, Feasting by Anita Desai
  • (on my window ledge) – Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
  • (on my bedside table) – Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

That’s about it!

Now that I’ve shown you my dirty little secrets, tell me some of yours! Where are your to-be-read piles lurking?

10 thoughts on “BTT: Bedside”

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  2. I just had to squeal when I saw you were reading (though in chunks–no worries, I do that too) Wuthering Heights. That book is a mind-meld. All the characters, every single one (except maybe Mrs. Dean…but…you can’t sure about that) was fly off a cliff crazy, and it certainly made for some fun reading. 😀 Hope you enjoy it!

  3. Ugh I feel your pain! My TBR pile isn’t even in my room anymore because it’s depressing haha. We have a lot of the same books in our stacks though.

    1. Heh. Unfortunately, I only posted about the TBR books that are currently in my bedroom. According to librarything, I’ve got 326 books in my house that I haven’t yet read.

  4. I’m currently reading “Africa: a Biography of the Continent”, and I take it with me wherever I go. Right now, for instance, it’s sitting on the couch.

    My “to read” stack consists of Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities”, Alison Weir’s “Elizabeth”, and “Death in Winter” by Michael Jan Friedman.

    I also have three large collections by Isaac Asimov I have not yet read, but I keep those on hand in case I ever have a dry spell. (The Complete Stories, Volume 2; The Complete Robot; and his Guide to the New Testament.)

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