On my Nightstand

Somewhat regular Nightstand posts will replace the Currently Reading page, since I can’t seem to keep that page updated.

I am reading:

Wicked (Gregory Maguire, 1995) –the “real” story of the Wicked Witch of the West.  It’s been around for a lot of years, and I think I’ve been reading it on and off for at least two years.  It’s an excellent book, but hard for me to revisit for some reason. I’m about halfway through. For more information visit HERE. I’m reading the Kindle version.

Evensong (Gail Godwin, 1999) – the tale of a female Episcopal priest in the Smoky Mountains. I picked up the hardcover edition used somewhere – in the used books section at Schuler Books maybe.  It’s slow going at first, lots of uninterrupted exposition, but it’s got great reader reviews on Amazon so I’m sticking with it. I’m about 30 pages in.  Probably because the protagonist is Episcopalian, I have to keep reminding myself she is not in England.

I am listening to:

To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee 1960) – this is 99% likely to be the subject of the next virtual book group.  Sissy Spacek narrates beautifully. No links included; you’ve either read it already or know how to google it.

The Power of Habit (Charles Duhigg, 2012) – a very ‘listenable’ book about the elements of habit and how to leverage those elements to change harmful habits. The book includes the case study of a man who suffered severe brain damage from meningitis, virtually eliminating his short-term memory. The case study alone is worth the listen, especially if you can snag it from your local library.  Duhigg has his own website; visit https://charlesduhigg.com/the-power-of-habit/  to learn more.  Also, view this three-minute YouTube video.

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