What’s On Your Nightstand Series | Book Recommendations & More | Sarah

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Happy Friday! I hope you had a great week. I am excited about (hopefully) having a low key weekend after this being a fairly hectic work week due to the kids being on school vacation next week. We don’t have any big plans for vacation but we are hoping to get outside as much as possible and hopefully meet up with some friends for a couple of play dates. I am also hoping to catch up on some reading, blogging, and sharing as I have felt a little behind the last couple of weeks.

I am excited to introduce you to my friend Sarah today! Sarah and I met in an online pregnancy message board/group when I was pregnant with our second child and she was pregnant with her first. At the time she as living on the west coast but had been married in Vermont and was photographed by the same wedding photographer as we were (the same connection I have with my friend Kristy) which felt like such a fun coincidence.

We connected again when she moved to Vermont just a couple of years ago and now are friends in real life too. Sarah and her family are amazing skiers and she juggles a  challenging career while also doing so many amazing outside adventures which is so inspiring to me! At our last get together we drank coffee and walked around Target discussing books and podcasts, I mean how much better could it get?!

I hope you enjoy learning more about Sarah today. ❤


Introduction:

Hello! My name is Sarah. I live in northern Vermont with my husband, our two children (ages 6 and 4), and our two elderly labrador retrievers, Summit and Ellie. I am an emergency room physician, but in my off-time, I love to ski, hike, bike and, of course, read!

When I was growing up, I was always that kid with her nose in a book. And I was a true child of the 80s – my favorites were Sweet Valley Twins, The Babysitters Club, R.L Stine, and Christopher Pike. High school kept me pretty busy, and I found myself reading less, and even less so when I went off to college, medical school, and residency. When I finally finished my training and felt like I could join the land of the living, my husband and I started a family. So here I find myself staring down the barrel of middle age and finally catching up on lost time! My nightstand might reflect this ambition — haha!

What is on your nightstand for books?

SO MANY BOOKS. Usually, I don’t have this many books all stacked up, but we are preparing to go away for winter break, so I have a few extra set out that I may pack for our trip. I’m currently trying to make up my mind between The Wife Between Us, The Woman in Cabin 10, Sometimes I Lie, and This Is How It Always Is. I love fast, suspenseful reads that I can’t put down, especially on vacation.

The main book I am currently reading is The Devil in the White City (I told you I was catching up on lost time!). I am enjoying the parallel storylines, though admittedly some parts of this book have been so disturbing, I have been tempted to just put it away for good! So many friends have recommended it, so I’m keeping it for now. I am also slowly making my through Duct Tape Parenting, which was recommended to me by my hairstylist (who also, I like to joke, serves as my life coach). It really helps remind me to stop meddling and let my kids be independent and start taking responsibility in the home.

Other books that have found their way to my nightstand include The Storyteller (Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors!), Weekend in Paris (looks like a fun, quick read), The Emperor of All Maladies (the size of this one intimidates me, but I do enjoy medical non-fiction). I also have Mom’s Five-Second Memory Journal (this is also a favorite of mine to include in baby shower gifts), How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk (recommended to me by my son’s preschool teacher), and Fodor’s New England (we recently moved back to Vermont from the west coast, so I’m always looking for inspiration for mini vacations and day trips!).

What is on your Kindle? 

I’m a bit of an old school reader on this one. My husband has a Kindle, but I’m still reading regular old books. This is partly because one of my favorite things to do is find and collect good books to read from consignment shops and used book stores. I have amassed quite a collection, and I don’t think I’ll ever run out!

What are you listening to? 

I love to listen to podcasts on my commute to work or when out for a run. I am not much of an audiobook reader, but my favorite podcasts are EM-RAP (Emergency Medicine Reviews and Perspectives – nerd alert, haha!), Unladylike, On Point, Forever 35, This American Life, and The Longest Shortest Time.

What else is on your nightstand?

My nightstand also holds a few extra sundry items. One is Palmer’s cocoa butter, which I use on my lips before bed. The texture is smooth like lip balm, and the smell is heavenly! I also love to use Badger Lavender & Bergamot Sleep Balm on my face and neck before bed. It smells wonderful. Additionally, I have a small lavender-scented candle from Pelindaba Lavender, based out in our former hometown of Seattle, which I like to burn sometimes before bed. And finally, I have a small hand-painted tile I bought on our honeymoon in Puerto Vallarta, which I use as a coaster.

Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Gen!! xo


Thank you so much for sharing today, Sarah!

What’s On Your Nightstand Series | Book Recommendations & More | Courtney

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Hello! This post is a little late because there have been a lot of other obligations that took priority over book blogging this week. I’d like to think eventually I will stockpile of some of my posts so I can schedule them in advance but for now, I am working in “real time”…so thank you for your patience. ❤


Today I am excited to introduce you to my friend Courtney! Courtney is another one of my mom friends who I met through school. She has all boys as well and there is something special about having some friends who are in the same boat as you. She hosted a gingerbread decorating party with 6 boys 10 and under and did it all with a smile. She has the best advice and is always up for an outside adventure. We love to walk our dogs together and catch up at the same time, its the best kind of multi-tasking.

Courtney and I loved talking about books and she especially is a big fan of audiobooks! She does a lot of her listening while driving and is such a great example of how you can still read a lot while utilizing audiobooks.


Introduction:

Hi! I’m Courtney, I live in Vermont with my husband and 3 boys. We also have two Goldens, Duke and Bear and a little Dachshund named Bella. I am mostly a SAHM but I also manage some rental properties that my husband and I own.

My nightstand, similar to my life is a scatterbrained pile of all of the things I would like to be working on whether for myself or my kids…The truth is, most nights by the time I get my 10yo to bed I am ready for bed myself, and I haven’t successfully figured out how to incorporate actual reading into my night time routine. If I’m lucky enough to read a little at some point during my day I like books that I can read a chapter at a time. In the meantime, I use the endless amounts of driving I do to listen to either fiction or parenting books, depending on what I am in the mood for.

Currently reading:

Right now I am listening to The Yes Brain by Dan Siegel, I love how Dan Siegel can simplify the steps to become a person with a yes brain mentality. Something I have found my kids need to work on. Being excited to take on a new challenge or try something new, isn’t something that comes easily for at least 2 of the 3.

The Big Life Journal is a really cool little company that puts out all of these materials to help kids also cultivate a positive approach to life and the world. They also have a teen version that helps mold a teens mind to think on a large scale of what they can accomplish if they put their mind to it.

I am super into educating myself on food and the most nourishing healthy diets, that’s why a friend gave me Brodo for Christmas and I have been thumbing through the recipes in that as well as Gweneth Paltrow’s new book The Clean Plate. She has some really great interviews with some well known alternative health Docs.

Make Your Kid a Money Genius is sort of self-explanatory, I always seem to have something I’m reading to help me in raising the sort of adults I hope to be turning out. How to handle money is something my parents never taught me, and school certainly didn’t, so it’s something I am really trying to teach my kids about.

The Epstein Barr Virus Solution is one that has been in my pile for a while…its a topic that fascinates me since most of the population has EBV, and it can be the cause of so many health issues. But its not really one you can read in little bits….so it will probably be a while before it makes its way off my nightstand!

What else is on my nightstand:

I can’t go to bed without my homemade lotion on my hands and feet (I can’t seem to find anything store bought that does the trick for mine or my kid’s dry skin) as well as my eminence citrus lip balm on my lips. I am also completely obsessed with Lunaroma’s lavender oils and I love to spritz their room spray up in the air as I’m settling into my pillow at night, as well as diffuse it in the evenings so my room smells like lavender when I get my jammies on each night. Not pictured is my big hydro flask filled with Pellegrino, my water of choice. I lug that thing around with me all day because I love how fresh my bubbly water tastes in it.

Thanks for asking me to share Gen!


Thank you so much for sharing, Courtney!! I need to check out that Big Life Journal, it sounds great!

What’s On Your Nightstand Series | Book Recommendations & More | Kari

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Happy Friday! Do you have any fun plans for the weekend? We don’t have a lot planned but we are going to a pond hockey tournament which is always a good time. The kids love collecting all the flying pucks and it is a fun way to enjoy the winter weather with friends.

Today I am excited to introduce you to my friend Kari! Kari and I met when our kids were in kindergarten together and this is the 4th year they are in the same class together. She was my first real “school mom” friend and I will never forget the first time I emailed her asking her for a recipe (she is a fabulous baker and cook) and I was so nervous! I really wanted to be her friend but I wasn’t sure if the feeling was mutual…she wrote back though and the rest is history. 😉


Introduction: 

Hi, I’m Kari! I live in Vermont with my husband, our 8-going-on -18 year-old daughter and our ferocious cat named Oscar. By day, I’m a programmer working for a company located in Charleston, SC. I also have recently started a home-based bakery, specializing in vegan sweets and treats! When I do get some free time, I love to travel with my family, see as many Avett Brothers concerts as I can, hike Mt. Philo, draw & paint, and try to play the banjo. Oh, I also like to read and sleep!

Reading is something I never really appreciated until well into the adulting phase of my life. Throughout high school and college, I quite literally never read a single book. I have no idea how I managed to write papers or pass any of my English classes. Once my husband and I started traveling, I needed to find something to do on overnight flights, while everyone else was sleeping. This was before iPads and iPhones and endless seatback entertainment, so books became my new friend. I used to carry around ridiculously large novels in my backpack and then complain about how heavy my bag was. But, oh how times have changed! I am strictly a Kindle reader now – the mere thought of having to hold up a big old book makes me cringe.

What’s on my Kindle:

I try not to spend any money on books; so most of my reading list comes from the Libby app (library books), amazon prime reading, amazon kindle lending library, and Amazon first reads (yay for Amazon!). I’m sort of a panic reader, meaning I don’t have a list of books I want to read or plan to read. Instead, I finish the book I’m reading, then panic that I don’t have another book to read and search any one of the above-mentioned places for something that looks interesting.

While I do love my Kindle, it does make it difficult for me to remember what I’m reading or have read. I truthfully could not tell you the names of the last few books I read or who wrote them, simply because I don’t look at the book cover each time I pick it up. Thank goodness for Goodreads, though, because there I am able to see what I’ve read!

There are a few genres I stick to, but occasionally, on the recommendation of others, I’ll branch out. I love historical fiction and tend to gravitate towards WWII novels. I recently started reading Who Will Write Our History by Samuel Kassow, which is incredibly powerful and such important work.

I’ll read anything about ancient Rome and hope to find Splendor Before the Dark (A Novel of Emperor Nero) for free at some point in the near future. I also enjoy a good mystery and started getting into the Mary Russell series by Laurie King. I’ve read the Harry Potter series 9 times, and also enjoy books like The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings and the Game of Thrones Series. But, if you asked me if I like reading fantasy books, I’d probably tell you I don’t. Some of my other favorite past reads include All The Light We Cannot See, The Goldfinch, Fates & Furies and The Nightingale.

What’s on my Nightstand:

If I’m being honest, my Kindle actually isn’t on my nightstand, as I like to read on the couch. But, I do have some other fun stuff on my nightstand! When going to bed, I always have to have a completely full container of water that is ice cold. I will probably only take one sip throughout the night, but I need to know that it is completely full, for some neurotic reason! I also have a baby monitor on my nightstand (yep, I still use a baby monitor for my 8 year old). It makes it easier to hear her if she yells to us, and I get a kick out of hearing her talk in her sleep every once and a while.

I also can’t live without my Korres Guava body butter. I’ve been using this stuff for like 13 years now, and it is hands down the best lotion ever made. No joke – I’ve tried tons of other lotions and nothing comes close to this stuff. I can’t live without it. I’ve also got my lip balm that I put on every night before bed, because chapped lips are no joke during the long VT winters! Lastly, I have my journal that I use to write down all my goals. I try to do this on a regular basis just to keep myself motivated and as a reminder of all the ways I want to better myself!

Ok, well, that’s enough from me. Thanks for reading, and thanks Gen, for inviting me to share!


Thanks so much for sharing, Kari! ❤

What’s On Your Nightstand Series| Book Recommendations & More | Katy

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Hi everyone, happy Friday! Today I am excited to introduce you to my friend Katy. Katy was one of my roommates and best friends in college and she is one of the most wonderful and kind people I know. She and I have also always shared some of my most treasured hobbies… reading and drinking coffee.

Katy actually introduced me to lattes and Starbucks when we were in college. This was in the early 2000s when Starbucks was just making it’s way to Vermont. They used to have a Maple Latte (with real maple syrup!) and they were amazing. We would drive there together and both order this…and it was quite the exciting outing and treat for us in those days.

Katy is wonderful and always has a new stack of books she is just waiting to dive into. I hope you enjoy hearing about what she is reading. ❤


Introduction:

Hello, I am Katy. I live in Connecticut with my wife and our two rescue tiger cats, Leo and Dragon. We are newly married but we want to start a family very soon. I work in early childhood education as a teacher and I have been an avid and voracious reader since the crib, where I would sleep with my books. I was an English and Education major at SMC and since I went the education route for a career, reading is one of my favorite hobbies. I always have stacks of books on my nightstand from the library and my nightstand has a second level that contains all the books I own that I want to read at some point and just haven’t gotten to. I live across the street from a library, so I frequent there once a week or so and get new stacks for my nightstand. I am much more of a hard copy book reader, and since I live so close to the library, I can get the bestsellers, and “hot” books that are out. I do have a Kindle and I like reading on that as well, but I prefer hard copy books. I use my Kindle more for travel or on the go reading.

What’s on my Nightstand:

On my nightstand are usually two stacks of books; the TBR pile, and the books that I am currently reading. I sometimes like to alternate between fiction and non-fiction (yes, I am that person), or other book genres, depending on my mood when I settle in for the night to read. I read a wide variety of genres, from non-fiction and realistic fiction to YA and fantasy novels so anything can end up in my stacks. I also have my kindle and a bullet journal on my nightstand.

My TBR pile is:

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han: I like to read YA when I am in the mood for something light and fluffy. I have heard that this book was cute and also that the Netflix movie was fun as well, so I wanted to give this one a try.

An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena: I love thrillers, and I loved A Couple Next Door by this author so when I went to the library I picked up two more books by this author to read when I was in the mood for some suspense. Other thrillers I recently read and recommend that are similar are, The Other Woman, There Is Something In the Water and The Last Mrs. Parrish.

Rust and Stardust by T. Greenwood: This story is another thriller that was on the new book shelf at the library so I grabbed it not knowing much about it on the recommendation of the librarian.

Room by Emma Donoghue: This is probably the heaviest book in my stack as far as subject matter. I have always wanted to read this book because I have heard that it is fantastic, but I would have to be in the mood to read this kind of story, especially because it is from the narrative viewpoint of a five-year-old and working with that age group it might be a sad one for me to get through.

Books I am currently reading:

A Stranger In the House by Shari Lapena: I started reading this last night and I have been flying through it. It was a little slow to start but I was hooked pretty quickly and now I have to know what is going on in this story. It reminds me of What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty because the main character has amnesia, and I am a fan of books with what is called the “unreliable” narrator. I think they are fun.

I’ll Be There for You: The One About Friends by Kelsey Miller: Friends has always been one of my favorite shows to watch reruns. This nonfiction book is about the behind the scene information about the show and its characters has been a very interesting read so far. I am enjoying it.

On my Kindle:

China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan: I LOVED Crazy Rich Asians, so I was anxious to read the second book once I heard there were three books in the series. So far I haven’t liked it as much as the first book, but I haven’t given it much of a shot yet.

What else is on my nightstand:

I have a bullet journal of books that I have read so far in 2019 ( I love to make lists) and I also will write books that I want to read in this journal as well. I like to have something to grab if I want to make a list, books to read or otherwise. I cannot keep a water bottle on my nightstand or cup or water, because LEO (my 14-pound tiger) is always on my nightstand wanting attention and he will knock over water onto all of my books. I learned that the hard way. I do keep a container of Sleepy lotion by Lush because I love the way it smells and the scent is perfect for relaxing. Buddha hangs out on my nightstand as well, but he sometimes ends up on the floor because of Leo or Dragon deciding they want to rearrange things. I also have my Burts Bees Chapstick (favorite brand), and my book light for night reading.

This was so much fun to write and share, I love reading Gen’s posts and I am so honored she asked me to write something for her blog. 🙂


Thank you so much for sharing today, Katy!! xo

What’s On Your Nightstand Series | Book Recommendations & More | Kristy

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I am so excited to introduce you to one of my favorite people today. You may recognize Kristy because I feature her a lot on here as she is not only my friend but my co-worker.

I first met Kristy almost 9 years old when our oldest children happened to be in the same baby playgroup. We bonded over having the same wedding photographer and our friendship blossomed from there. We love that we met through photography because that is what we do together now.

We spend a lot of time together and we have the same taste in books which makes for great lunchtime conversations. We often read the same books at the same time but I read them on my Kindle and she is a hard copy book lover. I hope you enjoy “meeting” Kristy, today!

The Nightstand Series Intro:

Hi, I’m Kristy! I live in Vermont with my husband and two daughters and I work as a family photographer. I was an avid reader as a child but like many, lost the habit when I had children. As my kids have gotten a little older, I have rediscovered my love of reading.

Anytime I did have for reading in the last several years was dedicated to non-fiction and for the most part, business related. Although I still love a good non-fiction read, I have most recently enjoyed reading for pleasure and have found so many new favorite fiction authors. This past fall I discovered Diane Chamberlain and quickly devoured all her best sellers. Kristin Hannah was up next and now I have moved onto T. Greenwood.

I am a hardcore hard copy book fan and I have never read a book in a digital format and I don’t have plans to change. I love our local library, sharing books with friends and visiting our local bookshops.

What’s on my nightstand for books:

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I just finished this enjoyable read it was definitely one I looked forward to reading every night. It was much different than I expected, engaging and while it kept me on my toes it was easy to follow. I polished this one off in under three days which is a definite sign that it was a hit for me.

Two Rivers by T. Greenwood

I am currently reading Two Rivers and this is my second book by T. Greenwood. I finished Rust & Stardust last month and was captivated by her storytelling. I also enjoy that she is a Vermont native and many of her books connect to local areas. I am excited to see how this one unfolds.

Wherever You Go There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn

This book is an easy to read guide to mindfulness and meditation. I have been slowly exploring both of these practices and found this to be a very helpful resource. It is definitely a book that I have read a little at a time and while I haven’t finished it yet, I have enjoyed the moments I have picked it up and read a couple of chapters.

Pretending To Dance by Diane Chamberlain

Pretending To Dance is next up on my fiction list and this copy was loaned to me by my future neighbor. I have heard great things about this one and I already know I love all things Diane Chamberlain.

The Art of Money by Bari Tessler

This is my current non-fiction read and I have been enjoying reading one chapter at a time. I love how Tessler is able to incorporate mindfulness and awareness into how past experiences with money can affect you today.  Her approach is practical and relatable without being overwhelming.

What else is on my nightstand:

I love Bee Love Herbals Lavender Herbal Body Oil. I first connected with this local business at a Burlington craft show this past fall. I struggle with extremely dry winter skin and this is the first thing that I have found that is keeping my skin happy all winter I also love knowing that I am supporting a local handmade business. My kids have also started using it and ask for it after every shower.

I am a sucker for salt lamps and have several in our home. I love the soft light that it produces and supposedly it helps with allergies and keeping your air clean.

I love my Tabbatha Henry luminary. I had seen these at many local businesses and treated myself to two last year. Unfortunately, only one is left standing because my husband likes to toss his socks long distance into our neighboring laundry basket and doesn’t have perfect aim. 😉

I love Gen The Book Worm and my renewed love of fiction. Thank you for including me in your series! ❤


Thank you so much for sharing, Kristy!

What’s On Your Nightstand Series | Book Recommendations & More | Emily

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Good morning! I am excited to introduce to you to my friend Emily, today! Emily and I talk regularly about books and I always love her wonderful insight. She should have a book blog because her reviews are always super in depth and she always is able to look at things from different perspectives. She is truly one of the most empathetic and understanding people I know which makes so much sense when you learn about the work she does. I hope you enjoy hearing what is on her nightstand, today.

The Nightstand Series Intro:
Hi, I’m Emily! I moved from Vermont to San Diego about seven months ago to join my husband who is stationed at Miramar…and, to be honest, I really haven’t missed the snow all that much (yet)! This past May I graduated with a Master’s in School Counseling and due to the move I haven’t had the opportunity to land a dreamy job (another yet!); but oh how I miss the deep conversations and connections that were fostered throughout my Master’s program. This is where reading comes in! Over the past year, I have completely indulged in reading and expanding my reading interests. It really has been delightful and I value the thought expansions, conversations, and challenges (or simply entertainment) that are gifted with each read. Much thanks to you, Gen! You have greatly impacted my reading journey!
What’s on my nightstand for books:

 

I am currently reading this book (I am about three-quarters of the way in) and I must admit that it is falling short for me thus far. I find the setup of the story to be confusing and challenging to keep up; it is set up as if I sneakily peeked at the end of the book and then began to read backward. The first chapter is being told at the current time of 5:00pm, the second goes back to 4:00pm, then 3:00pm, and so on. However, I am holding out hope that the story will wrap itself up in the end and that I will find appreciation within its pages. Here is what I can appreciate so far: 1) The topic of abortion is prominent to our culture, 2) The idea that although individuals (or groups) may have two completely opposing views, there are ways to find commonality and kindness. Sometimes I think in the middle of all arguments there exists a common goal with different perspectives that hinder our ability to see the picture as a whole. 3) Respect for this author. Picoult constantly dives into work where difficult topics are dissected and somehow she challenges my brain to find compassion in areas in which I never thought possible.

 

Okay, here’s where I need to take a detour. I’m a avid book gifter / lender / leave-a-book-with-a-friend-in-hopes-they-read-it-and gain-from-it-kind of person. So, I have a lot of favorite books that are seemingly “missing” from my nightstand that I would love to share with you!

 

This is a book that belongs on everyone’s shelf! The depth of vulnerability, acceptance, courage, and forgiveness (both of self and of others) was humbling. Doyle does not “preach” about how life “should” be lived or what the meaning is behind everything, rather she offers empathy for the struggles in which we all face in this world. She does not “push” religion onto you, rather offers insight on how she has invited religion into her own experiences throughout her life. She does not try to explain away the “whys” of her behaviors, rather she opens up to share honesty, vulnerability, and space for others to relate without judgment. This is a fluid, beautiful, raw, and original book that all souls can relate to. I adore this book so much that I can’t even remember who has my copy right now and have bought many copies to gift to loved ones!

 

This novel sent vulnerable shivers through my spine, tears to my eyes, warmth to my heart, and completely blew my mind. We so often hear the world’s events through the perspective of adults and this refreshing perspective on trauma through a young child’s existence was powerful. Navin aided in my understanding (or growth of understanding) of how young minds view and adapt the world and the experiences in which they endure. I admire the youth, their minds, imagination, and resiliency. This novel beautifully illustrates them all.

 

A perspective-changing, must-read while we are in this time of our lives where the topic/issues of race, minority status, privileged status, equality, etc. are so very prominent. As a whole, we need to be better at “leaning into” areas of discomfort and seeking out understanding of others. It is not about who is right or wrong; it is about really listening, practicing empathy, and shredding the layers of defensiveness that we may carry with us on our journey of interactions with others and view of life. Dare to not just step outside of your comfort zone, but to expand its boundaries.

 

This was a recommendation from Gen! My heart has never been so moved by a book! I was thrown back into what the beginning of finding your true love/person/ whole being felt like. Those teenage years where everything romantic is so new, fresh, exciting, scary, and tingly; what it is like to reconnect with your person after missing them for so long.
Lauren captured what true love can look like, through the good and the not-so-good. Forgiveness, growth, time and vulnerability are such prominent aspects of living. She perfectly illustrates that life and love are all about taking chances and trusting yourself; that true happiness and fulfillment doesn’t exist by settling. I am in love with this book and for all the emotional waves that came with it.

 

In addition to these, I am a mystery/thriller junkie and absolutely love anything by Harlen Coben, The Lies We Told by Camilla Way, An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks, and the Amos Decker series by David Baldacci… just to name a few 🙂

 

What else is on my nightstand:
Pictures of loved ones and happy moments; I absolutely love going to bed looking at the smiling faces, happy memories, and just feeling close to my people…especially after moving across the country!

 

BODY BUTTER! I cannot and will not go to sleep without massaging this body butter into the heels of my feet and into my hands. “Ugh” to dry skin problems.

 

I also am always drinking water and am absolutely a sucker for corny/funny coasters. We must find ways to relieve ourselves from all the “seriousness” of life! (I also have an unhealthy collection of coffee mugs like this which drives my husband bonkers)!
Xo

Thank you SO much for sharing, Emily! I hope this gives you all some great reading inspiration, I know it did for me. ❤

What’s On Your Nightstand Series | Book Recommendations & More | Molly

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Happy Friday everyone! I am so excited to introduce you to my friend Molly, today. She is my first friend to share in my new book sharing series. Molly is the best! She is so smart and I love talking about books with her because she always has great opinions and also likes a wide array of genres. She has the cutest family ever and she seriously is one of the funniest people I know…I also love that she can never have too many books because I am the same way! Alright, Molly is taking over below…enjoy! ❤


The Nightstand Series Intro:

Hi, I’m Molly.  I live in Vermont with my husband, two kids ages 4 and 7, and an awesome elderly labradoodle. I work in higher education administration and have always been an avid book fan and reader. I have stacks and stacks I need to read but am always on the hunt for new titles. I recently discovered the Libby library app (thanks to Gen!) and just got my first Kindle, so my reading game has totally changed for the better!

What’s on my nightstand for books:

On my Kindle: On my Kindle, I have downloaded a few books that are up next: The Other Woman, How to Walk Away and a few kids’ novels to read aloud to my daughter. It has been so nice to have access to books at all times since I don’t always have a paper book with me. I am also in love with the Libby app and it has made the most significant change to how often I read since I often will catch chunks of time here and there.

 I like to read on my phone when putting the kids to bed, waiting for appointments, etc. Highly recommend! Not pictured, but also up next, on the Libby app: I am waiting patiently “in line” for The Good Girl, The Breakdown and Then She Was Gone. I’ve been on a bit of a suspense bender!

Hard Copy Books: I always have stacks that I intend to read.  On my nightstand (which is currently a dresser so can accommodate too much stuff!):

Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan:  I had read her memoir and loved her style of writing and family relationships.  Definitely, a must read … soon!

One Day in December, The Winters and And Now We Have Everything – all three were recommendations from Gen and other book blogs as well.

What else is on my nightstand: 

Stacks of books to read, my Kindle and a BKR water bottle. I also have an orange & rose hand cream by John Masters, Skin Trip coconut lotion for my dry hands (Vermont winters!), and a few of my very favorite Lunaroma products.  I love their lemon lavender spray and often use it after making the bed or just before sleep. Also pictured in the children’s novel, The Unicorn In the Barn, which we’re reading with my daughter. Highly recommend and great cover!

Not pictured:  my alarm clock!  I discovered it went missing when my kids stole it for their America Ninja Warrior reenactment game  🙂


Thank you SO much for sharing Molly!!