What’s On Your Nightstand? | Reading List & Book Recommendations {Michelle}

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First Guest Post of 2020!

Welcome to the first Nightstand Series post in 2020! I love being able to share book content with a wider range of perspectives and genres and I am so appreciative of all my reading friends who have helped make this happen by sharing their reading list and recommendations.

2019 Guest Posters!

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I started this book friends series last January and it has been so fun looking back at all the people and books that were shared. You can check out all of my 2019 Nightstand Series posts below…

Genevieve @genthebookworm



Kristy @kristy.dooley.photography







Melissa @readalotwritealot

Kristina @kristinasbookishlife

Mandi @mandi_reads

Caroline @texacalibooks

Stephanie @brownhousebooks

Tancy @beyondbooked

Interested in sharing in 2020?

If you are a reader and are interested in sharing your booklist & recommendations in 2020, please comment below and I will send you an email to get you on my guest post calendar.

Meet Michelle!

Today I am so excited to introduce you to my friend Michelle AKA @michellenputney! She was one of my very first #bookstagram friends and I always love seeing what she is reading and enjoying.

Michelle writes the most amazing reviews over on Goodreads and is never afraid to share her honest thoughts while also sharing an incredible amount of detailed perspective. Anytime I see a book I want to read on there, I have to see what Michelle thought first because her reactions are always spot on! 

I hope you enjoy getting to know more about Michelle today!

Nightstand Series Introduction:

My name is Michelle Putney and I’m a 37-year-old bookworm from Buffalo, NY. I am married, have a 2.5-year-old daughter, Olivia and 2 golden retrievers Apollo (10) & Atticus (8.5). I would have 10 golden retrievers if I could, but sadly that isn’t a reality at the moment!!

I work in the life insurance industry but am happiest when I am with my family, walking the dogs and reading. I love instilling my love of reading in my daughter and so far she loves to read just as much as I do! We go to the library about every 2 weeks and check out about 10 books at a time so we can read before nap and bedtime.

What kind of reader are you?

I have always been a voracious reader for as long as I can remember. My parents used to yell at me to get my nose out of my books while driving to our family vacation destinations of Cape Cod, MA or Bar Harbor, ME so I could see the beautiful scenery. (Nancy Drew was much more interesting to me!)

Even though I have been reading/recommending books for years, I finally figured out that people use Instagram to connect with other like-minded readers and decided about 6 months ago to become a more serious #bookstagrammer.

My handle is @michellenputney (let’s connect and be friends!)

What time of day do you do most of your reading?

Since I have such a young daughter I don’t get as much time to read or be involved in the book community as I would like, but I am very appreciative to be a member of this great group of people. I typically read during Livie’s nap time or after she goes to bed.

What books are you currently reading?All The Ways We Said GoodbyeI am reading All The Ways We Said Goodbye by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig and Karen White and Long Bright River by Liz Moore.

What books have you recently read and loved?

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The Chestnut Man by  Søren Sveistrup and Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano.

Any books you were hoping to love but didn’t??

reading listWestering Women, The Majesties and I have very conflicted feelings about Saint X.

What books are you looking forward to reading?

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For the rest of January and for February – Long Bright River (I’m only 100 pages in so I still have a lot to go), The Dark Corners of the Night (UNSUB #3), The Sundown Motel, A Good Neighborhood, and Eden Mine.

What are you listening to?

I would love to listen to audiobooks, but I wouldn’t be able to stay focused the way I need to while doing chores around the house (otherwise, I could get a lot more reading time in!). I only have a 10-minute commute, but I make it twice a day to spend my lunchtime with the dogs so I do get a chance to listen to some podcasts.

podcast recommendationsI am listening to the latest episodes of In The Dark right now, as well as The Rachel Maddow Show. I loved Serial and listen to Pod Save America and Pantsuit Politics as much as I can (I’m a political junkie too!).

What else is on your nightstand?

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My nightstand is pretty boring since I don’t want anything nice to get accidentally knocked over by my daughter since she is very inquisitive 😉

I have a stack of books I’d like to get to next, my iPad with everything I have from Netgalley and Edelweiss and the alarm clock I’ve had since 1997 (my first year in high school). The thing is a relic and is only used for the clock, but it reminds me of simpler times in life. I also like that it’s been in my childhood bedroom, my college dorm/apartments, and now my home with my own family.

Thank you so much for sharing with us today, Michelle. I am going to check out some of your political podcasts, I  think I will need them during 2020! <3

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