Get some inspiration for your next read from the authors and readers who gave us a glimpse of what’s waiting on their nightstands.

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Get some inspiration for your next read from the authors and readers who gave us a glimpse of what’s waiting on their nightstands.

Nightstand | July 22nd, 2014

On My Nightstand by Deborah Rodriguez

deborah rodriguez

Deborah Rodriguez is the author of the nonfiction New York Times bestseller Kabul Beauty School and the internationally bestselling novel The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul. The hairdresser and motivational speaker was a cofounder and director of the first modern beauty academy in Afghanistan, and also founded the nonprofit Oasis Rescue. She lives in Mazatlán, Mexico, where she own Tippy Toes salon and spa. In honor of her latest book, Margarita Wednesdays: Making a New Life by the Mexican Sea, Deborah shares her current reads.

Nightstand | June 8th, 2014

Sophie King’s Nightstand


In honor of the release of her chick lit collection of titles featuring The School Run, Second Time Lucky, and Love is a Secret, author Sophie King shares her current reads.

What do I have on my bedside table? If you’d asked me that last month, I’d have had to confess that there was rather a lot of dust – plus a pile of to-be-read books so big that it threatened to rival the leaning tower of Pisa. That’s because when I’m in the middle of writing a novel, I’m not that hot on housework. But then I finished the novel and bought a new bedside table. It was easier than dusting the old. (Only half joking here.) So at the time of writing, it’s looking quite neat.

Nightstand | April 28th, 2014 | 3 responses

Cathy Bramley’s Nightstand

Cathy Bramley's Nightstand

I’m delighted to feature in Shelf Pleasure’s ‘Nightstand’ section, not least because I’ve never heard the word before. In Britain, we usually refer to the ‘thing’ next to our bed as a bedside table! So anyway I thought I’d show you mine.

But before we get to the books, focus your attention on the headboard. You can tell that the person who owns this bed likes to sit up and read and be very comfortable doing it!

Nightstand | April 17th, 2014

Heath Hardage Lee’s Current Reads

Heath Hardage Lee

One of the best things about being a writer/historian is the guilt-free shopping I get to indulge in for books in my subject area.   For the past four years while I wrote my first biography, Winnie Davis: Daughter of the Lost Cause, I consumed ungodly amounts of books about southern history, southern women’s history, and images of women in nineteenth century art. While I try to buy from independent bookstores and used bookstores as much as possible, I am also on a first name basis with the UPS guy who delivers my weekly Amazon shipments. I typically have at least 15 books perched precariously next to my pillow—and I like to gorge on at least 3 at a time, skipping from one narrative to the next.

Nightstand | April 13th, 2014

Julie Shackman’s Current Reads

Julie Shackman

Julie Shackman, author of the debut contemporary romance Rock My World, shares the books waiting on her nightstand.

Tucked into my bedside cupboard, are several fantastic books!

Nightstand | March 24th, 2014 | 2 responses

Nina Ansary’s Picks

Nina Ansary

Nina Ansary, Ph.D. is the author of the upcoming book The Jewels of Allah, chronicling the history of the women’s movement in Iran.  She shares her current reads:

One of my favorite pastimes after a grueling day, which is usually in full swing by 6am, involves curling up with an inspirational book on the history of feminism among different nations. I find myself drawn to stories that expose the words and wisdom of historically disempowered women. I’ve recently completed my doctoral thesis on the feminist movement in post-revolutionary Iran – and for those of you wondering if there is in fact such a thing, the answer is YES. I am only saying this because when I first started my research, I was quite skeptical and erroneously assumed that this might actually be a dead end road due to a lack of material. However, much to my surprise, I discovered that despite the patriarchy of the Islamic Republic, Iran is in the midst of a full-blown and thriving feminist movement – definitely a first in the country’s history. I have been so inspired by this journey that I decided to adapt my thesis into a full-length book. Titled The Jewels of Allah, it tells the true story of the powerful female voices in Iran’s past and present.