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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Books On My Nightstand



Usually my nightstand winds up being a refugee camp for wayward clothes, the occasional lone quarter or extra change from various pockets, a variety of hair ties, and lastly whatever books that have somehow survived the displacement from my bookshelf, the coffee table, the passenger seat in my car, the top drawer in my desk at work, or the bathroom (don't ask). My books travel.

Right now, these books are the survivors in the war of lost socks and displaced whatnots:

Keeping and Breeding Freshwater Turtles by Russ Gurley: This is one of the best turtle keeping books out there, covering everything from your most common turtle pet, the Red-Eared Slider, to the more delicate, rare, and hard to find species for the serious and advanced keepers. The pictures are gorgeous too.

Déjà Dead by Kathy Reichs: Usually I'm a stickler for reading a series in order, but I wound up picking up 206 Bones last month and I slammed through it at light speed. Now I'm starting at the beginning of Dr. Temperance Brennan's journey.

No Plot, No Problem! A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days by Chris Baty: I chickened out of National Novel Writing Month this year, so this book will come in handy for this coming November. I may even start my own personal NaNoWriMo in March for that extra push.

Characters and Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card: I need serious work on both points, so I'm hoping Mr. Card will help me out with this.

At the Queen's Command by Michael Stackpole: I have a soft spot for alternate history books with a bit of magic thrown in, as in the case of Naomi Novik's Napoleonic-era dragons, and C.C. Finlay's American Revolutionary witches. I'll admit that I bought this one simply because a) Borders was going out of business and it was on sale and b) the awesome cover art.  

What's on your nightstand? 

This was inspired by July's writing prompt at the Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour. Each month, participating authors from around the world agree to blog on a single topic throughout the month. By following the links in each month's post, you'll discover a whole bunch of new authors in a variety of genres, levels of experience, and styles of writing.

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