Chapter 2 of What’s on Your Nightstand

On Tuesday, I shared the books on my bedside table. Today, I thought I’d show you my husband’s pile. It’s rather large 🙂

The first thing you’ll notice is that it’s enormous. And I’ll let you in on a little secret … it keeps growing. Why? you ask. Well, that’s because my husband does 99% of his reading electronically with the exception of the daily newspaper that still arrives at our front door.

Let’s have a look:

My Promised Land by Ari Shavit. This is on Ian’s bedside table because I read it and recommended it highly. It’s about the complexities and contradictions of Israel – how it came to be, whether it can survive, and the issues and threats facing the country.

The Gambler by William C. Rempel … or how penniless dropout Kirk Kerkorian became the greatest dealmaker in capitalist history. If you thought Donald Trump was a dealmaker, think again.

Sapiens: A Brief History of Mankind by Yuval Noah Harari … from insignificant apes to rulers of the world. Lots of accolades for this book. You’ll notice there are two copies!!

Riel and the Rebellion by Thomas Flanagan .. an examination of Canada’s Northwest Rebellion that took place in 1885.

WTF: What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us by Tim O’Reilly. This book “explores the burning question of how to master the technologies we create before they master us.”

Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic by David Frum .. the title speaks for itself.

Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides … the grand and terrible polar voyage of the USS Jeannette which took place in 1879.

Adventures on the Wine Route by Kermit Lynch … a wine buyer’s tour of France.

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen … an autobiography of this highly acclaimed musician and performer.

Shoe Dog by Phil Knight … the founder of Nike tells his story.

As you can see, they are exclusively non-fiction and cover a wide range of topics. I wonder whether the pile will continue to grow or will it diminish over time?


M.K. Tod writes historical fiction. Her latest novel, TIME AND REGRET was published by Lake Union. Mary’s other novels, LIES TOLD IN SILENCE and UNRAVELLED are available from Amazon, NookKoboGoogle Play and iTunes. She can be contacted on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads or on her website


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4 Responses

  1. “Sapiens” jumps out at me. And not just because he has two copies (why is that?). Getting and reading that book was part of my process zeroing in on my current WIP. Am almost finished with the first draft!

    1. Congrats on the first draft, Harald. Ian often receives books as gifts and I think two people gave him Sapiens one year for Christmas! Did you enjoy it?

  2. Hmmm… suspiciously 100% nonfiction. For the husband of a novelist, I mean. Or is that your secret to a happy “mixed” (writer and non-writer) marriage?

    1. Ha ha … I like you notion of a ‘mixed’ marriage, Jeffrey. Actually, Ian reads lots of fiction, almost exclusively mysteries. However those are on his Kindle!

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