• Elizabeth Bartasius

11 Books on My Nightstand

At a rate of two pages a night before my eyes droop, I might finish reading these by 2030. Nonetheless, game on!

1. Tinkers by Paul Harding

As a Pulitzer prize winner, this book will prove an example to me as a writer and editor discovering the many ways to approach this incredible (and daunting) literary craft.

2. How Fiction Works by James Wood

Hell yeah, I wanna know how fiction works as my next novel has begun. Plus, Wood appears to be a hoity-toity wordsmith which always gives me tingles.

3. Glaciers by Alexis Smith

LOVE this one. A beautiful novella; a delightful ride. It’s my second go-around.

4. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Can you believe I’ve never read it? The title kept coming up in conversations so I figured it was time. Especially before I turn 43 and I’m no longer the answer to everything.

5. Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan and Maira Kalman

My name is Elizabeth; I have a cookie and potato chip addiction. I love this book for its lack of rules in a diet-frenzied world. Common sense wisdom that we heard from our grandmothers gives us the freedom to enjoy food without restraint, yet stay healthy and svelte. My favorite advice? If it’s from a plant, eat it. If it's made in a plant, don't

6. The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Just finished binging on Netflix’s Z-The Beginning of Everything about Zelda Fitzgerald and her great love and fall with that infamous hero writer, Scott. Did you know he plagiarized many phrases from her journal?

7. Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke.

Simply gorgeous! Thank you, Serena. I promise I’ll give it back soon.

8. Harry Potter and Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

Can you believe I’ve yet to read this one too? But I admit, 30 pages into it and I want to uncap my red editing pen.

9. The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben

Did you know tress talk to each, even protect one another? It’s slow going, but they give it the old college try.

10. Dwell Magazine!

Eye candy; guilty as charged.

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What is on your nightstand?

Do you read one book at a time? Or have several going at one?

I haven’t decided which is better. You?