Kate Michael’s Nightstand
Kate Michaels is a journalist and copywriter living in London. Her debut novel, The Morning After Memoirs, is a smart, candid slant on the world of dating, reimagining the world of Sex And The City with the biting realism of Lena Dunham’s Girls. In honor of its publication, Kate shares the books on her nightstand.
Even though we’ve been living in our flat for more than two years now, my nightstand is still a small leather pouffe at the side of the bed! It has an alarm clock, some earplugs (I’m very strict about noise while I’m sleeping!), a bottle of water (to stop our cat, Alfie, drinking out of the glass!) and usually three books. I like to read three at a time because it means there’s always something to suit my mood.
I currently have Matt Ruff’s The Mirage by my bed and I’m about halfway through. He’s one of my favourite authors, and I’ve read all of his other books, so I’m taking my time with this one so that I don’t run out! The Mirage is such an interesting concept – it writes an alternative history between America and the Middle East, telling a story of Christian fundamentalists flying planes into buildings in Baghdad. It has the same subversive and humorous feel that runs throughout Ruff’s writing. He’s probably best known for Bad Monkeys, but I really love Fool On A Hill and Set This House In Order – both very different, but really incredible reads.
The second novel on my nightstand is Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell. This really proves the power of social media, because I bought it after it kept popping up on my Instagram and Twitter feeds. I figured if it was something my social media buddies were enjoying it was definitely worth a look! It’s about identical twins who have to figure out how to live as different people when they go to university. The dedication is ‘To Jennifer, who always had an extra lightsaber’ – so it sounds like a lot of fun!
I’m really excited about my third book, The Different Girl. It’s by Gordon Dahlquist, who wrote The Glass Books Of The Dream Eaters trilogy (as G. W. Dahlquist), which I love. Those books are all very steampunk, and the trilogy is one of the best adventure stories I’ve read. It has an amazing female hero called Miss Temple and it’s just begging to be made into a movie! I didn’t think he’d written any other books, but then I found The Different Girl, which has a really intriguing concept of four identical girls living together on an island until a different girl washes up and everything changes. I’m so desperate to read it, I might start as soon as I’ve stopped typing!
Every time I finish a book I throw a new one into the mix. I’ve just finished Emily St John Mandel’s Station Eleven and absolutely loved it – such a fantastic structure and really fascinating storytelling – and Lauren Oliver’s Panic. I’ve read the Delirium trilogy, so I knew it was a safe bet, and it was another really captivating YA read. I’m trying really hard not to buy a new book until I’ve finished one, because my boyfriend is also a voracious reader and our shelves are already double stacked and overflowing. I’m trying… but not necessarily succeeding!
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