There’s a handy little view of my own nightstand there. Essential lip balm, water glass, Ipod, and books.
It’s actually a week old this picture … I took it while I remembered to prepare for this post, which is why The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is on there, even though I have actually finished it.
There is Snow by Orhan Pamuk, who won the Nobel Prize for literature. The award is admittedly why I have bought the novel. It keeps sliding further down my pile though, as I’ve tried the first 3 pages and it hasn’t gripped me yet. Obviously three pages isn’t enough to speak intelligently about it, so that will have to wait.
Next is Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh, which is next on my list actually. I have really enjoyed Ghosh’s previous books, especially The Hungry Tide. From what I’ve understood, this one is the first of a trilogy, but can have accessibility issues. Can’t wait to start it.
The next two are for when I’m feeling intelligent. The first is After Theory by Terry Eagleton, which my darling sister got me for my birthday. Reminds me of my post-grad university days. Just as was the case when I was at university, however, I always liked the IDEA of reading theory so much better than actually doing it, so I usually manage only a few pages at a time.
Criminal Law is a throwback to law school days, and I really really enjoy it. Usually I pick up a passage or two to read when I get annoyed by the increasing amount of criminalization going on in society. I read some Criminal Law theory to confirm my suspicions and shore up my opinion, which makes me feel better – or worse – all depending on how angry and worked up I get.
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell has been on the bottom of my pile for a very long time. I’ve read a few chapters, but I had a really hard time with it. It seemed very contrived to me. It’s still on my nightstand and not in my unread books shelf though, so it still has a chance.