Nightstand Books #12
You wouldn’t know it from looking at my nightstand this month, but I’ve actually had a fairly productive stint of reading of late. But before I get to that, I have a confession to make. I just recently realized that in the course of these posts I’ve been plagiarizing…myself! Yes, that’s right, without realizing it, the same books keep sneaking their way back onto my nightstand. Specifically, I just realized that I posted pictures of The Canticle for Leibowitz in both posts #11 and #7. And I also posted pictures of C.S. Lewis’ The Space Trilogy in #9 and #6. The only defense I have is that there was rather a large gap in time between Nightstands #7 and #8, but that does not mean my chagrin is any less at this egg-faced realization. Ah well, perhaps this is my subconscious way of telling myself that I really need to re-read these books!
Now, on to this week’s lonely literary standard bearer. I’m currently about half way through Watership Down. It may not look it from this picture, but this folio is a might bit hefty. My copy comes in at 478 pages. Not sure exactly how I stumbled across this one and moved it to the top of my queue, but I’ve been enjoying it quite a bit so far. In case you’re not familiar with it, it’s the story of a band of rabbits from England and their struggles to eek out their existence in the lands in and around Watership Down. The author, Richard Adams, is an excellent writer and he has captured perfectly the feel of the rabbit life within its pages.
It’s a much more literary book than I had at first imagined, with some truly glistening passages of prose sprinkled throughout. It’s such a unique story that I struggle to even find anything else to compare it to. I will definitely be writing up a review of this one shortly after I finish.
But wait, what’s that beside Watership Down? That’s no book! Indeed it is not. As a bonus I decided to throw in a snack suggestion for discerning readers. And while I don’t necessarily advocate eating while reading in bed, if you’re thinking of picking up this story about rabbits, might I suggest that the perfect dining companion to put you in a lapine mood would be Bunny Grahams. Don’t worry, I’m sure your little fluffy friends won’t mind that you’re biting off the heads of their animal cracker counterparts. They’re just characters in a book after all.
So there’s a first for this series. Dieting advice. Just keeping you on your toes!
That’s all for this month’s post. I look forward to seeing what’s on everyone else’s nightstand. I hope that there will be no repeat books from here on out (unless of course I forget again…I do believe that parenting has depleted my available cerebral resources, but I’ll do my best!)