Bedside reading

I love reading in bed, can’t go to sleep without it.  It chases the worries of the day out of my head and replaces them with engrossing stories and pretty things.  I read a wide variety of things, but after weeks of nightmares caused by Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, I’ve sworn off scary books.

Jen has tagged me in her bedside books meme, so here you go Jen! Most of the books by my bed are old ones I’ve finished but haven’t got round to re-shelving.  In no particular order, I’ve got:

  • To Kill a Mockingbird: I was inspired to re-read this after a friend of mine called her baby Atticus.  It’s a beautiful book and one that I shall be reading again.
  • The Hare With Amber Eyes: a book about Japanese netsuke and family history, fascinating and moving.
  • Midnight Cactus: I’m pages away from finishing this novel by Bella Pollen.  It’s about a mother who runs away from London with her two small children to the harsh landscape of New Mexico.  It’s more exciting (scary) than my usual fare, but I’m really enjoying it.
  • The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake: a friend lent me this, it’s about a girl who can taste the emotions in food.  I wouldn’t normally chose something with a supernatural theme, but it was captivating.
  • The Diary of a Provincial Lady: I’ve had this book for years and read it goodness knows how many times.  It never fails to make me laugh and it’s the one I go to when I need a big hug.  It’s my comfort read.

I’m also a magazine junkie and I buy as many as I can get away with.  They were one of the few things I really missed when we were travelling last year.  Currently I have a Living etc, Martha Stewart Organisation, Guardian Saturday Magazine and Grazia.

What have you read recently?

  1. Julie said:

    I love hearing what other people are reading – sounds like an interesting list, shall have to make a note!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily said:

      I love hearing what other people are reading too.

  2. Ooh, I like the sound of the lemon cake one… Thanks for sharing.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily said:

      It was really unusual, in a good way.

  3. I always read in bed too, before going to sleep and when I wake up at the weekend! Am currenntly enjoying The song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. I agree with rereading old ones too, I reread Middlesex a while ago and it felt like I’d never read it before.

    So many books, so little time!!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily said:

      Ooh, I’ve not read either of those…

  4. Oh a lovely list for me to take to the library, thanks for taking part

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