On My Night Stand

I love when I take a poll with my readers and get such wonderful feedback.  Thank you for directing me to Moneyball with my Oscar poll.  I thought it was truly fascinating to learn about baseball from a mathematical angle…and math is my least favorite school subject!  I thought Jonah Hill killed his performance and truly stole the show on more than one occasion.

With that said, I’ve decided to ask your help on another topic.  My night stand.  Particularly, the books on my night stand.

I love the written word.  No matter what it is, I love the process of diving into the life of someone else with each turn of the page or click of a button.  Words are my life.  I’m also a dork and love to write down all the books I read in my journal.  Page three is specifically saved for listing out the literary works I absorb each year.

I used to have a list of books that I carried around in my purse to use as a quick reference of what I still needed to purchase or borrow.  Unfortunately, that list has dwindled down to a handful.  I was thinking the other day, “Surely I haven’t read everything out there that’s worth reading!  That’s impossible!”

So I decided to not only give my movie watching choices to the avid readers of iHateGreenBeans, but also my page turning choices!  Before you get all John Grisham on me, allow me to provide you a few parameters of what I’m looking for in the next few months.

I recently went through a literary works classic phase.  I assume it was because watching Midnight in Paris made me feel like a kid who cut English class in high school to go smoke in the bathroom her junior year therefore totally missing out on Hemingway’s contribution to American Literature.  After a healthy dose of Austen and Bronte and an inspiring couple of weeks with Francine Rivers’ “Mark of the Lion” books (if you haven’t read these, do so now), my path turned into a brief stint in current classics which included “Lonesome Dove” and “Prince of Tides.”

My taste in books resembles that of my iTunes.  It’s sort of eclectic, varying from current favorites, heartfelt classics, trendy young adult fiction and anything that is being adapted into a screenplay.  Right now, my brain is ready for something lighter or funnier.  This is where you come in.  I would ask that you stick one level above chick flick and don’t suggest anything that will make me cry.  Just so you know, I’m proficient in all things Harry Potter, Hunger Games trilogy and Twilight Saga. There’s no need to suggest Nicholas Sparks.  Biographies are always fun.  I completely identified with Tina Fey’s “Bossypants” and Mindy Kaling’s “Is Everyone Going Out Without Me?” I just cracked open a book called “Beginner’s Greek” because I read somewhere that it is both charming and enthralling.  I have one more book on deck (“Quitter” by Jon Acuff) and I’m done.

Help me out IHGBers!  What should be on my night stand?  What have you read lately that you absolutely loved?  What books to you love so much you could read over and over again?  Sound off in the comment section!


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