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This week's TTT is a freebie topic! Naturally I did not plan my topic in advance, so I was sitting in bed this morning, going through emails and Twitter on my phone before starting my day, which everyone knows is an awful habit but oh well (just being honest - I don't put on a show for you all anymore, friends), when I realised I didn't have a topic for TTT. Then, my gaze immediately fell on the large pile of books surrounding my bed...problem solved. Yes, I do have 10 books on my bedside table. It's actually a stool...and the books have spilled over onto my windowsill and there are definitely more than 10 books. Anyway, today I'm going to share 10 of the book sitting on my bedside table right this moment waiting to be read. The sheer amount of books I have stacked around my bed is either shameful or impressive, I'm not entirely sure which. Maybe some people would view the books on their bedside table as a kind of TBR, but in the name of honesty I should admit that part of the reason so many books accumulate around my bed is because I have run our of room on my bookshelves downstairs. So much honesty in this intro. Let's just get onto the books.
Ten Books on My Bedside Table Right Now
Purity by Jonathan Franzen
This book has been on my bedside table for over three months. It looks nice, a pretty companion to see every day. Will I read this anytime soon? I have no idea, but it's by the bedside. Franzen is one of those writers I do enjoy, despite his infamy on the Internet (I try to keep authors' personalities separate from their work). And I am self-obsessed enough to enjoy the idea of reading a book about a girl called Pip, which is an old nickname of mine.
City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg
This one set up shop on the bedside table around the same time as Purity, so it's been waiting around for about three months. I've featured this one in another recent TTT list - I'm genuinely interested in reading this one sooner rather than later. The size is just a bit daunting. I keep it close by to encourage me to take the first plunge and start on this beast.
The Green Road by Anne Enright
A newer arrival, in residence by the bedside for only a month. I don't think I've put this on any recent TBRs, but it's certainly present on my list for this winter's reading. I've not discussed this on the blog before, but I'm always drawn to family sagas, especially ones about adult children returning to the family home. I am one of 4 children and I've noticed family dramas often have 4 children as well (recent examples in culture: the film This Is Where I Lave You, A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler, the TV show Parenthood) so I always connect immediately with them.
The Isle of Youth by Laura van den Berg
This is another newer addition to the pile by the bedside. I was drawn to it's shimmery, aquatic cover on display at Daunt Books. I am trying to read more short stories and this one enticed me immediately - the stories tell of women 'who are at once vulnerable and dangerous, bighearted and ruthless—who will do what it takes to survive' (from the back cover). I'm quite excited to read this, but who knows how much longer it will be waiting on the bedside table.
Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman
I'm not entirely sure how long this one has been by the bedside - at least a month, but I can't remember if I bought this close to Christmas or earlier in the autumn. I also bought this as a Christmas gift for my sister-in-law, bc it's Neil Gaiman so I don't even need to read it to know it's going to be great. I have love practically everything Neil Gaiman has written so I'm happy to have this one waiting for me on the bedside table.
The Moor's Account by Laila Lalami
This is another one that has been hanging out on the bedside table for quite a while...but I can't remember exactly when I bought it (pretty glaring warning sign of a problem in my book-buying habits). I have started this but I haven't given it my full attention so I'm not sure how much longer it will be living by the bedside. I'm looking forward to reading more, though, and having it within easy reach is great motivation.
Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
I picked up this adorable little book at Shakespeare & Co. on my Paris holiday in November. I love these gorgeously designed miniature books from Picador and hope to collect the others. This one should really be travelling around with me in my bag, but for now it's waiting patiently by my bedside.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
This was my Christmas book from our book club gift exchange, so I've had it by the bedside for about 6 weeks now. I read this book when it was first released, but I don't remember it very well and I had given away my copy so this gift was perfect. I know so many people who have loved this book so much and I'm curious to see if I'll enjoy it more on a second reading (considering how I can't really remember anything about it, maybe it'll feel like a first reading).
Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer
Ok, this is really on my Kindle but as it leaves on my bedside table I thought I would highlight a few of the books on it right now. I don't think this will be on the Kindle bedside for very long - it's near the top of my TBR and I'm hoping to read it this coming weekend. So I am capable of reading books in a relatively timely fashion.
The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey
This is another Kindle book and it's top of the TBR. Hopefully this will be my next read, so it won't be gracing my bedside table for much longer. Of course I have half a dozen other books on my Kindle and so on the virtual bedside table...but if they aren't on the first page of my home screen I don't consider them on my bedside table.