What's on my nightstand

Andrea @ Momfessionals is asking today: What's on your nightstand?

A lamp, a coaster and a wedding picture of The Engineer & I.

Yet I spent $137 on books last month. I definitely received the side eye from the husband for that. I am a devotee of my Kindle app on my Macbook. If I had this kind of unlimited access to books when I was a kid, I would have surely put my parents in the poorhouse.

I grew up in a small town in Tennessee. A small, bookstore-free town - it was the library or nothing. Luckily, my mom's shop was only a few blocks from the library and I spent many an hour curled up reading anything I could get my hands on. From literary masterpieces to Harlequin novels - which I did not understand half the time, but knew enough to know that those were the books that you read in the back of the library away from judgy librarian eyes.

Occasionally we traveled to a city with a mall and I would make a beeline for Waldenbooks or B. Dalton Bookseller (B. Dalton always had a better selection). Sweet Valley, Babysitter's Club and Nancy Drew were my literary drugs of choice. I also have an embarrassingly large collection of Star Trek: TNG novels in my attic. Sometimes I would have the book read before we made it home. Or I would stay up late and read by the hallway light. My mom would walk through and turn it off and then I snuck back out and turned it back on, only to hear, "Katie! Stop turning the light on and go to sleep!" She also would tell me that I was going to damage my eyesight by reading in such low light. Surely enough, contrary to my social media pics, I now wear glasses about 90% of the time.

So back to the $137. I am a speed reader, always have been. The Bestie is too. I also have no willpower and when I start a book, it is hard to put it down. I physically cannot read just a chapter here and there. I finished my most recent book this afternoon and it was meh, so instead I am listing three books that I have read in the past couple of weeks that have been on my virtual nightstand:

I liked that this book had more layers to it than your usual YA. What it also had was some pretty graphic sex scenes, which I could probably have done without. But it was very well-written and I am excited about the sequel. 

Again, it was deeper than your average YA with some pretty heavy subject matter. But it also had enough humor to keep it from drifting into maudlin. I admit, I like a healthy dose of angst and shmoopy and saccharine are not my jam.

I could not put this book down, which was totally unexpected. I thought that it would be fluff, but I ended up completely engrossed. I loved the main character, Nolan. I found the sequel meh, the author seemed to flounder with the story and it read like manufactured conflict. But I loved this book.

Apparently I am on a YA/NA kick right now, go figure. I also like a strong heroine, a well-told story and lots of conflict. Apparently I outgrew my romance novel kick in junior high. I also have started some really craptacular books but thankfully, the Amazon sample feature has kept me from wasting too much money. Also, did you know that you can return Kindle books? You have seven days from purchase - if you return too many Amazon will drop the hammer. They won't specify how many is too many but word on The Internets is around 30. I try not to abuse it.

So that is what is on my nightstand - which it really is when I set my laptop on there to go to sleep! Thanks to Andrea for another fun linkup. So … what is on YOUR nightstand?

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  1. I am the same way with books...once I start I have the hardest time putting them down! I am always looking for some new recommendations so thanks for sharing! I also love (most) Kristin Hannah books if you haven't checked her out. :)

    1. I will definitely put her on my GoodReads list, thanks Lauren! :D

  2. Your nightstand is so tidy! I am a big reader too and have been re-reading a bunch of books from childhood lately. Does your library have the OverDrive app? You can use it to check out books online - it's amazing! xoxo - Natalie

  3. Love your story about reading the Harlequin novels in the back of the library. TOO FUNNY! Thanks so much for linking up!!!

  4. Those look good. We always made a stop at the bookstore in the mall even when we lived in a big city. My parents gave me the love of reading.


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