The Books on My Nightstand Are Staring At Me


Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Childrearing, Children's Books, Family, Mom Time, Mothering, Reading, Uncategorized | Posted on 03-11-2011

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I have a lovely stack of books. And they are staring at me from my nightstand, just waiting to be read:

  • Wesley the Owl by Stacey O’Brien
  • How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
  • The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

But I ignore their stare. It seems the second I pick up a book, these days, it’s pushing midnight, and I nod off like an old man and then re-read the same page over and over.

I have always loved to read. Growing up, I had lots of quiet time to enjoy my books. My mother was great at fueling my reading habit and has always surprised me with new book selections, just perfect for a child, then a tween, then a teen.

And she still buys me books whenever we meander through book stores together. Uh, you still remember book stores, don’t you? I admit, I’m not a Kindle gal (yet). I find pleasure in holding a physical book, turning the paper pages, and marking the paused page with a fancy bookmark, hand-drawn by my daughter.

For now, I think I’ll move the books under a heap of laundry. As they sit there unread, they are making me feel guilty and overwhelmed. And books shouldn’t feel like a “to do” list.

Until then, off to read Charlotte’s Web to the two little ones.






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Comments (6)

Timely message. Just moved my very large stack of books to read out of sight. Couldn’t stand the guilt!

You are the one who made me move the books. I just don’t feel like reading right now. I feel like writing! 🙂


You will have to let us know what you thought of the books once you get around to reading them! Maybe once the kids are in college? 🙂

I’m about 3/4 through the owl book and it’s a cute story. But I am still on the lookout for a cannot-put-it-down book. I give books 25 pages and if it doesn’t grab me, it’s gone. How about you? Any good recommendations?


I’m currently reading “Where you Left me” by Jennifer Garnder Trulson. It’s about a wife who lost her husband/ father of her two kids to 9-11. It just came out, and the first 110 pages just flew. Not the most upbeat book, but she is a good writer and I really could feel her pain in those first few months after the tragedy. In an interesting slant to the story, he was an executive with Canter Fitzgerald, they lived on Park Avenue and had a house in the Hamptons. A very loving tribute to her husband.

This sounds good. I am actually a big fan of depressing and “real” books about troubling lives. As long as I feel passionate about and a connection with the characters.

Thanks for the tip!

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