Nancy Thayer’s Nightstand
I read several books a week, and for different reasons that aren’t always logical.For example, I might pick up a book to read because it’s in the living room and I don’t want to run upstairs to my bedroom. I always read a mystery when it’s a rainy night and I’m going to have popcorn and Prosecco for dinner. Recently, I talked to my sister, who lives in Kansas City while I live on Nantucket, an island stuck out in the ocean, and we discovered we both have what we privately consider “Going to Sleep” books. That means we’ll read scary mysteries that make us afraid, or intelligent non-fiction that perks up our mind, but 15 minutes before we turn off our light, we pick up our “Going to Sleep” books. These distract us from our own personal worries and reassure us that all’s right for tonight and we can rest. A good example of this sort of book is anything by Jan Karon, Bill Bryson, or Claire Cook.
On my night stand at this moment are: Sara Gruen’s fabulous new novel At the Water’s Edge, a mystery set in Scotland; David Brooks’ The Road to Character, which has, I think, the worst title in the history of books but is absolutely brilliant, a significant book; Outlander, the second book on my nightstand set in Scotland, for shameless romanticism–I love Scotland, and I love the television series and the world Galbaldon creates; Walter Isaacson’s biography of Benjamin Franklin because I know more about British history than I do about American history (although British history has lots of gorgeous clothes and nice juicy sex, while American history is all about men, wars, and revolution, but they had to have sex sometime, didn’t they? And women had to play some roles other than making flags.). Finally, I have David Whyte’s Everything is Waiting for You, because I need poetry in my life, not a huge amount, just a nice nip every day.
I also keep pens, reading glasses, and bookmarks on my nightstand. I don’t keep a pad of paper because it might tempt me to write, and then I wouldn’t be able to fall asleep. Often the second I turn off the light, I have that one particular dazzling idea and end up scribbling on a bookmark.
Finally, I confess that I often keep chocolates on my night table to eat while reading. Chocolates and books are a most pleasurable combination, as I’m sure most of you out there know!
Nancy Thayer is the author of twenty-seven novels, including The Guest Cottage, Island Christmas, Nantucket Sisters, A Nantucket Christmas, Island Girls, Summer House, The Hot Flash Club, and twelve other novels available as ereaders.
Her website is www.nancythayer.com Her fan page is on Facebook under Nancy Thayer Author, where she posts daily.
Nancy has lived with her husband, Charley Walters, on Nantucket island for thirty years. They have two children and four grandchildren.
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