The books on my nightstand

After reading Melanie Rigney's blog, On the Nightstand: December, I began to run around the house to gather up the books on my nightstand.

My "nightstands" are all over the place:  living room, bedroom and the kitchen.  Most of my "real books" are stacked in the living room, piled atop and below a lamp/table/magazine rack configuration that I bought online.  I try to keep it tidy, but it seems impossible.

The bedroom nightstand holds my no-longer functioning iPod alarm/dock (reduced to just being a charger), my rosary from the BFF,  a pair of glasses and my dinosaur Nook.  I call it that because it's the first edition Nook and Barnes & Noble doesn't even make it anymore.

My Rosary

My rosary from the BFF

As the Advent season approached, I started to think about what I was going to read.  Sisterhood of the Saints by Melanie Rigney (a gift from the author!) is on the "to read pile" and I pick that up every day.  My Magnificat is also there, though sometimes I forget to read the daily readings.

Magnificat's Advent Companion 2013 resides in my Nook and I purchase that every year.  They have the best Catholic writers that will really add to your Advent experience.

Speaking of Catholic writers, I have Heather King's Holy Days and Gospel Reflections in that pile.  Heather King is another favorite Catholic author of mine.

After all that "deep reading," what do I read for pleasure?  Well, I just finished The Midwife of Venice by Roberta Rich.  It was a fast-paced read and at $1.99 at B&N, it was well worth it.  Here's the link for Kindle owners.

I just started Sophie's Choice by William Styron.  It was $2.99 for a very short time on both Amazon & B&N.  I had never read it.  Probably not the happiest book to be reading this time of year, but that's okay.

Recently I was in Barnes & Noble and found The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries.  This would have been a great read for this time of year.  I put it on my wishlist.  It's also available for Kindle.

What's on your nightstand?  What do you read to make the most of your Advent?  What do you read for fun?

I'll leave you with two quotes.  One from Pope Francis and one from Groucho Marx about books and reading:

Our religious education doesn't end after we get our sacraments or graduate from high school or college. We learn from the Mass readings, from studying Scripture and other religious works, and from taking time out for spiritual instruction. It's important that we continue to drink from the well of knowledge. - Pope Francis

 Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read. - Groucho Marx

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