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?

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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 www.mktod.com.

 

A Year of Reading 2018

I read 33 books this year not as many as previous years – although I feel as if some are missing! I’m delighted to share them with you. Below is the rating scheme I developed in 2014 – the first year I posted a list. Part way through 2018, I took a break from historical fiction 🙂

LR = light, enjoyable read; GR = good, several caveats; ER = excellent, few caveats; OR = outstanding; DNF = did not finish; NMT = not my type.

Title Author Comment
Jan My Dear Hamilton (brief review) Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie OR Fascinating portrayals of the men and women who played pivotal roles during the revolution and the founding of America.
Born a Crime (book club) Trevor Noah ER Humour – pain – emotion – and unique stories of growing up bi-racial in South Africa make this an outstanding read.
The Tuscan Child Rhys Bowen NMT There was so much the author could have done with this story.
Small Great Things (book club) Jodi Picoult ER This was a can’t-turn-the-pages-fast-enough book for me.
Only Time Will Tell Jeffrey Archer ER The first of Jeffrey Archer’s Clifton Chronicles and I’m sure to read more.
Feb Mary – Tudor Princess (review) Tony Riches ER Full of excellent period detail, this novel will transport you to 16th century England and France with intrigues, wars and upheavals.
The Woman in the Window A.J. Finn OR My husband read this and said I HAD to read it. And he was right.
Trumpocracy David Frum ER An alarming, clear-eyed, and well-articulated view of what’s going on in the US.
Mar March Geraldine Brooks GR Not as compelling as her other novels.
Full Disclosure Beverley McLachlin GR Debut novel from Canada’s former chief justice.
Apr Citizens of London Lynne Olson OR A fascinating look at US involvement in WWII; superb non-fiction
All is not Forgotten Wendy Walker ER Suspense, family drama, unexpected plot twists and a unique storyline.
The Wife (musing on titles) Alastair Burke GR The pacing and cliff-hanging chapter endings are well done and the twist at the end is quite the surprise.
May Off Season Anne Rivers Siddons GR At times disjointed and with too many digressions.
The Litigators John Grisham GR Novel doesn’t get going for a long time.
The Fire By Night Teresa Messineo DNF Full of inner monologue and backstory and lengthy descriptions.
Dreams of Falling Karen White ER A plot that slowly simmers its way to a surprising and satisfying ending
Jun Simple Truth (guest post by the author) Carol Bodensteiner ER Great dialogue, pacing, and engaging characters.
News of the World Paulette Jiles GR Took a while for me to ‘get into it’

Quite a mix of genres, time periods and impressions. I’ll post the rest on Thursday.

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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 www.mktod.com.