A closer look at what (and how) She Writers are reading.

It's been great hearing from all of you who have contributed to our "What She's Reading Now" series (for those who wish to contribute, pitch us on one! Check out the submission guidelines here). For those who just want to give us a quick glimpse: take a snapshot of the book (or books) on your bedside table, and give us a line or two about what you are reading now. Post this a blog post on your profile page here at She Writes, tag it "WSRN," and we'll feature some from time to time!

And we love the innovative approach Suzanne Fluhr took to this challenge-- sending us a photo of her digital reader and a note on what she's downloaded.

As I contemplated the prospect of two 13 hour airplane flights (to and from Japan) over the summer, I decided that an e-reader was the way to go. Although I miss having an array of books in various states of "readedness" on my nightstand, my nook (for some reason Barnes and Noble does not capitalize "nook"), was a great travel companion. I cringe to think that I may be adding another nail in the coffin of ink and paper book printing, but in my defense, I have purchased more e-books than I ever would have purchased "real" books, so maybe they're not such a bad thing for writers when all is said and done. It also stimulates impulse book buying. Right after I saw Jon Stewart interview Condoleezza Rice about her new memoir, "Extraordinary, Ordinary People", I bought it on line and was reading it within ten minutes. I'm interested in memoir and history. This autobiography which in part chronicles Dr. Rice's youth in ultra segregated Birmingham, Alabama is a ringing endorsement of education and parenting as vital determinants of self esteem and the potential for success. There is even a "shout out" to affirmative action which represents a break in unanimity with her "retainer", " George W. Bush. Something tells me I might need tranquilizers to get through her next volume which she told Jon Stewart will deal with her years in the Bush White House and as Secretary of State, but this one was a good read.

Thanks Suzanne!

And from fellow She Writes member Lanita Andrews, we've got the following :

So I grab the stack off my nightstand (to carry outside so I can smoke while typing this), but of course I have to make 20 stops between here (the courtyard) and there (the nightstand), back-and-forth, all the while my husband is watching me (books falling out of my arms every other step) with that questioning look on his face as though he’s wondering if early-onset Alzheimer’s can begin at 31.

Anyway, here’s my stack…


*Sliver of Truth by Lisa Unger
*The Liar’s Club by Mary Karr
*Fixing Freddie by Paula Munier
*Dead In The Family by Charlaine Harris
*An Echo In The Bone by Diana Gabaldon (Oh my gosh, how much do I love the Outlander series!)
*This Is Not The Story You Think It Is: A Season of Unlikely Happiness by (fellow She Writer) Laura Munson-- all married woman should read this book.


*On Writing by Steven King
*How To Make An American Quilt by Whitney Otto
*Dark Lover by J.R. Ward
*Writing About Your Life by William Zinsser
*Bird By Bird by Anne Lamott


*On Writing Well by William Zinsser


*The Accidental Mind: How Brain Evolution Has Given Us Love, Memory, Dreams, and God by David J. Linden
*Connecticut Shade by Timothy Black (Thanks to fellow She Writer Tania Pryputniewicz for turning me on to him)

And that’s not counting the stack of kids books on the floor next to the nightstand. I’m almost always reading several books at once.

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Comment by Shirley Bullock on May 31, 2011 at 7:41am
As I read the children's song "My Uncle has a Coo Coo Clock" plays in my head. When I am along with my library of research material, my little clock is my best friend. Why? I would write to the exclusion of everything( except my grandchildren.) My Library is an electic mix of autobiographies, bible research, history, animal care and of course children's books. I will learn how to send pics and send you one.  Shirley

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