01 July 2010

The Bedside Book List Challenge

Last night the Four of Us voted on a this week's challenge, the vote was unanimous: The Bedside Book List Challenge!

We came up with this one in the early days of the project, but wanted to wait until we had more readers to pose the question:  

What books are beside your bed? 

After our weekly Books for Walls Meeting (which also covered the launch of our first contest this Friday, watch for it!) The Mom photographed the books beside each of our beds.  

Please note: we were only allowed to adjust the books to show their titles --we didn't add any or take any away! 

We'll feature each of our pictures and list of books over the next week, The Little SisterThe DadThe Mom, and The Big SisterClick here to check out all of the photos!

We invite you to do the same:

tell us what books are next to your bed, 
or better yet, 
send us a picture.

Or if you are not an "in bed" reader, 
please list the book/books
beside your favorite reading spot.


  1. Anonymous8:05 AM

    The Complete Brambly Hedge by Jill Barklem
    The Rose Series: In the Land of the Big Red Apple by Roger Mac Bride
    The Magic Tree House Series #2, #14-18 by Mary Pope Osborne
    Kristen and the New Girl, American Girl short story series

    click on this link to see the picture! www.booksforwallsproject.org/2010/06/little-sisters-bedside-book-list.html

  2. So typically, I have anywhere from three to five books at my nightstand and usually, a favorite book of poetry for those nights when I need a little inspiration, but am too tired to read for any length of time... But right now, I'm in over my head! Earlier this month I moved, and in so doing, culled my bookshelf for books I could 'get rid of' OR 'read!' (because I hadn't yet read them, or had not finished reading them). As a result, I vowed a summer reading goal of getting through all of the books on my shelf.
    So far, I'm about one-third of the way through the first one, A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry.

    Here's the rest of the gang (and note the photo that The Four of Us will be posting for me)...

    Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World, Vicki Myron & Bret Witter
    The Other Boleyn Girl, Philippa Gregory
    ‘Tis, Frank McCourt
    From This Day Forward, Cokie Robers & Steven Roberts
    The Starfish & the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations, Ori Brafman & Rod A. Beckstrom
    But Enough About Me, Nancy K. Miller
    The Next Thing On My List, Jill Smolinski
    The Dance of the Dissident Daughter, Sue Monk Kidd
    Simply Green, Danny Seo
    The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd
    Oscar & Lucinda, Peter Carey
    Jaded, Lucy Hawking
    The Ex-Factor, Andrea Semple
    A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, Eckhart Tolle
    Searching for Mary Poppins, Susan Davis & Gina Hyams
    Getting to Yes, Roger Fisher, William L. Ury & Bruce Patton
    Mind the Gaffe, R.L. Trask
    Blue Water, A. Manette Ansay
    The Lavender Hour, Anne De. LeClaire
    Correcting the Landscape, Marjorie Kowalski Cole

    Happy Summer to ME!! (wish me luck!!)

  3. I always have quite a few books started on my little black stool that works as a bed stand, along with my candle. For some reason, I always think that I can read a ton more in the summer, because I think I will have more time. AND IT IS ALREADY JULY tomorrow! I have started quite a few books, but not finished any yet (see photo!). So here goes:

    *Food Rules- an eater's manual- Michael Pollan
    *The Vagina Monologues- Eve Ensler
    *Saving The World- Julia Alvarez
    *In Praise of Slowness- Carl Honore (which I have been reading since January! haha)
    *Girl With A Pearl Earring- Tracy Chevalier
    *Half the Sky- Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide- Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
    *Circle of Sound Voice Education- Doreen Rao
    *Eaarth- Bill McKibben

    Also- books I just finished in May:
    *The Mermaid Chair- Sue Monk Kidd
    *The Writing On My Forehead- Nafisa Haji

  4. Honorary Auntie7:38 AM

    there are so many books upon my night stand I barely have room for water or an alarm clock!Unwinding the Belly by Alison Post & Stephen Cavaliere
    Spilling Open by Sabrina Ward Harrison
    The Bad Girls Guide to The Open Road by Cameron Tuttle
    3 journals by me
    A Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman
    You Cant Get There from Here by Gayle Forman
    Clean by Alejandro Junger
    Healing Rage by Ruth King
    The Love Dare by Stephen & Alex Kendrick
    A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller
    Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
    The Gift by Hafiz
    Eat to Live by Dr Joel Fuhrman
    As I foraged through this piled high pile, for titles, where some face in and some face out (do you know me???), things began to...ahem... shift. So, this was the end of such a pile... for now... When it tipped over I decided it was a good time to decrease it's size!

  5. Sun-Drenched Days, Two-Blanket Nights: A Sportsman Takes Note by Tom Carney
    Wild Fermentation by Sandor Ellix Katz
    Wolf Cub Scouts Book (from my childhood)
    Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
    Wooden Boats Michael Ruhlman
    The Gordon MacQuarrie Sporting Treasury by Gordon MacQuarrie
    Chaos and Amber and Dawn of Amber Roger Zelazney's work continued by John Gregory Betancourt
    Book of Wooden Boat Designs
    Backwoods and along the seashore by Henry David Thoreau
    Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
    A book on being an Electrician my Mom gave my Dad when they were dating
    Electrical Code Information

    Check out my picture too: http://www.booksforwallsproject.org/2010/07/dads-bedside-book-list.html

  6. My nightstand is a resting place for books recently read and a queue for reading escapes in the future. It is also a spot that the kids like to tuck their current favorites. Here are its contents:

    The Bible (The cornerstone of my bedside table, this is the only constant)

    Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen (A long ago gift from a friend waiting patiently)

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Borrowed long ago and must return)

    A Room of Ones Own by Virginia Woolf (Another gift and so poignant for me now, must read)

    Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver (Almost done, easy one to pick up here and there for a chapter)

    One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (I need a good long reading afternoon to get suitably immersed in this one)

    Hairy Maclary and Zachary Quack and other Stories by Lynley Dodd (Lach's current favorite)

    Stuart Little by E.B. White (Eva was looking for this last night!)

    The Silver Palate by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins (Sometimes I just want to read recipes before I sleep)

    Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann (Lach reads this one to Baron who can't stop giggling at all the 'goodnight' voices)

  7. C.S. Lewis, Till We Have Faces and Perelandra
    Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things
    Isabelle Allende, Island Beneath the Sea
    Julie Mullaney, Continuum Contemporaries Reader's Guide to The God of Small Things
    Eve Ensler, I am an Emotional Creature
    Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman, Nurture Shock New Thinking About Children
    Robert Graves, The White Goddess
    Leonard Sax, Girls on the Edge The Four Factors Driving the New Crisis for Girls
    Stephanie Heit, Quiet Anatomy
    Geraldine Brooks, March
    Dr. Suess, ABC
    Peter Sis, The Tree of Life: Charles Darwin
    Karen Cushman, Catherine, Called Birdy
    Nora Ephron, Feel Bad About my Neck: and other thoughts on being a woman
    James Hillman, The Soul's Code: In Search of Character and Calling
    Rolling Stone issues 1108 and 1107
    --Cannot be seen in picture--
    John Updike, Rabbit,Run
    Kate Chopin, The Awakening
    George Orwell, Animal Farm
    T.S. Elliot, Four Quartets
    binder of my Grandmother's (Eleanor Luprich Daniels) writing
    dream journal
    writing journal

    When I go to bed at night I plan to read, at least a little bit, every night --therefore I keep all the books I am currently reading there to wait their turn... I have to finish Island Beneath the Sea TODAY --it's due back at the library!

    my photo http://www.booksforwallsproject.org/2010/07/moms-bedside-books.html

  8. What a great challenge!

    Just like Corduroy, the huggable bear, waiting to be loved, my books stand in "readiness" waiting to be soaked in. I, like many of you, read several books at once depending on my mood and interest at the moment. My books also display my pre-retirement trade as a career counselor along with my artistic and gardening avocations.

    I was reflecting that 6 of these books were given or recommended to me by family or good friends who know me well.

    Another Country by Mary Pipher, PhD – almost finished; loved it as the post-its will tell. It’s the one in front minus the cover which I hope I can find.

    Grand River and Joy by Susan Messer – about Detroit where I lived for 40 years.

    Listening to the Heartbeat of God: A Celtic Spirituality by J. Philip Newell

    Drawing Flowers & Botanicals by Diane Cardaci

    The Tent of Abraham: Stories of Hope and Peace for Jews, Christians, and Muslims by Joan Chittister, OSB, Murshid Saadi Shakur Chishti, and Rabbi Arthur Waskow

    The Enneagram II: Advancing Spiritual Discernment by Richard Rohr, OFM

    The Wisdom of the Wilderness by Gerald G. May

    Landscaping with Native Plants of Michigan by Lynn M. Steiner

    Sometimes, I just grab a magazine like the National Geographic, Sojourners, or RealSimple. Most stories (from compelling to curious, from educational to frivolous), pictures, and recipes are amazing.

    Last but not least is my basket with the dictionary for new found words; along with post-its, pencils, and highlighters (if the book is mine, I definitely highlight and write in it!)

  9. Just had to get in on this one. I made a vow I would not go to the library until my bedside pile was cleaned up. I've done pretty well, but get side tracked every so often. I am finally making a dent in it. Here's the list:

    The Life of Christ by Fulton Sheen (plan is to read a chapter a day)

    Dreamers of the Day by Mary Doria Russell (This is the Traverse City Reads book for this fall)

    The Homestead by Annick Smith (This is a new one from the library because it is set in Montana where we are going camping soon)

    The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields (Picked this up at a garage sale - Pulitzer Prize winner)

    Paddy Clark Ha Ha Ha Roddy Doyle (same - garage sale find)

    A Strong West Wind by Gail Caldwell.

    Once I get through these, I have a long list of memoirs (my favorite genre) to start in on.
    Off to our new neighborhood book club.

  10. Hi again Maureen, if you want to send us the photo of your bedside books I would love to post a BIG one! And a full post! info@booksforwallsproject.org
    The 4 of US

  11. The Battle for the Castle
    by Elizabeth Winthrop

    It's a Magical World
    A Calvin and Hobbes Collection
    by Bill Watterson

    My list is so short because I am in the top of a bunk bed and it is hard to have ten or 11 books jabbing me in the ribs when I sleep --which is exactly what happens when I have too many bedside books!

  12. The Librarian9:52 PM

    Only one...Goat Song (Brad Kessler).

    A constant rotation of children's books shuffle through our bed space, but from fear of damaging library books, all books are promptly taken care of! It seems like such a sin to work at a library and damage books at home.

  13. Anonymous9:19 AM

    Right now I only have 3 bedside books (but I'm getting more today....at the library of course)

    14 by J.T. Ellison
    The chemistry of death by Simon Beckett
    Breaking Silence by Linda Castillo