What Books Are On Your Night Stand?

I Need A Break From Politics And Corruption…

A week ago Shona was reading our old friend BIM’s blog (Is There Anybody Out There) and discovered that she had missed a little GEM of a post back in May where BIM reveals what she is reading at night before she falls asleep. She also revealed that she has painted her old bedroom purple (!) 😉

As everyone at Barbados Free Press is a voracious reader – with the exception of George – Shona decided to take a survey of the BFP team to see who is reading what.

The results were somewhat predictable, but there were a few surprises – so we’re going to list what books are on our night stands and maybe our readers will share what they have been reading at night.

First, here’s what BIM has been reading…

On BIM’s Night Stand…

At my mother’s insistance, I’ve further stressed my night stand. Now on top of Vonnegut’s Bagombo Snuff Box, Eliade’s Myths, Dreams and Mysteries, An Encyclopedia of Mythology, the NRSV Bible with Apocrypha, A book about the Hebrew Goddess, the autobiography of Malcolm X and the Oxford Dictionary (yes, I read the dictionary), I’ve added Tales from the Arabian Nights. I’m keeping it on top not because I prefer it but because the colour is purple and since my discombobulation (see I told you I read the dictionary), it matches the new paint job I gave my-once bed, now romper- room…

… from the blog Is There Anybody Out There? (link)


Cliverton’s Night Stand…

Caribbean Slavery in the Atlantic World – A Student Reader (Verene Shepperd, Hilary McD. Beckles)

Cell (Stephen King)

The Dark Tower VII (Stephen King)

Mi Moto Fidel (Christopher P. Baker)

Robert’s Night Stand

Fromer’s Mexico Guide

Pratt & Whitney Wasp Junior and Wasp Maintenance Manual

747: Creating The World’s First Jumbo Jet And Other Adventures from a Life in Aviation (Joe Sutter)

Aviation News (magazine)

Shona’s Night Lamp Table

The NIV Bible

The Savvy Sistahs (Brenda Jackson)

The Seduction Of Christianity (David Hunt & T.A. McMahon)

Infidel (Ayann Hirsi Ali)

Second Chance (Danielle Steel)


Auntie Moses’ Bed Table

E.G. White Notes Adults Bible Study (Nampa)

I’d Like To Ask Sister White (Ellen G. White)

Philip’s Modern School Atlas

Marcus’ Lamp Table

People Of The Lie, The Hope For Healing Human Evil (Dr. M. Scott Peck)

KJRV Bible

For Valour (Douglas Reeman)


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35 responses to “What Books Are On Your Night Stand?

  1. Anonymous

    Marcus a Reeman fan? Try Patrick O’Brian for a much better read.

  2. The Unseen hand (A. Ralph Epperson)
    The Silmarillion (J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien)
    Mythology (can’t remember the editors, but its myths from around the globe).

    Thats just some of the stuff on that particular shelf, there’s more but I’m trying not to be ridiculous.

  3. centipede

    Well, I reading Harry Potter and loving it 🙂 I on to Book Two now 🙂

  4. centipede

    But ef you want a serious and excellent read – – get a hold of MIDDLESEX — it’s one of Opra’s picks and it fab…

  5. Yardbroom

    Half of a Yellow Sun: By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

    Unforgivable Blackness:( The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson) By Geoffrey C.Ward

    Thomas Hardy: The Time Torn Man
    By Claire Tomalin

  6. Anonymous

    anyone who reads steven king AND hilary beckles is decidedly suspect,sorry

  7. centipede

    … and you can add Lowdown to that… 😉

  8. Thieves Paradise – Eric Jerome Dickey

    Polished Hoe – Tom Clarke

    Art Of War – Chuan Tzu

    Virginity – Richard Branson

  9. Anonymous

    poor lowdown..i thought he was more on the ball than usual today.pointing out many things.

  10. Two Sides

    The Devil and Mrs Prim and Eat, Pray and Love….to name the first 2.

  11. Two Sides

    And Oh! My philosophical bible…Sophie’s World …a must read

  12. Thistle

    A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khalil Hosseini

  13. celeste

    ‘the god delusion’ richard dawkins

  14. Anonymous

    Iliaro Caught – Confessions of a conman- O $ Arthur.

    Creative Macro-economics and its personal benefits – Dr. Marion Williams.

    A Poor Man’s Guide To Getting Rich – N Lynch

    How Hypoglyciemia Takes The Guilt Off The Gingerbread – Rawle Eastmond

  15. Pablo. T

    I am A Bajan living in England and I am reading a book called Easter Lili by Margaret knight. It is the sequeal to her first book, Ginger Lily, and I can’t put it down. It is so well-written and fascinating to read all about Barbados Long before my time and all about the radical prejudice and a lot of intriguing political stuff. These are two of the best books I have ever read about Barbados. I would recommend these books to anyone who would like an insight into life in Barbados many years ago I can only describe Margaret Knight as one of a dying breed and ask that she keeps up the good work and look forward to another well written Book to come out in the very near future.

  16. bp

    Fellowship of the Ring
    The Two towers
    Return of the King
    by JRR Tolkein
    Also The Pastures of Heaven, John Steinbeck
    And of course a half dozen National Geographics

  17. Vernon


    Post deleted by BFP. Writer was posting under different names to give the appearance of multiple persons posting.

  18. OMG

    You’ve been Warned by James Patterson
    The Great Gasby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    Speaking In Tongues Jeffrey Deaver
    Beg Me Lisa Lawrence
    Sex and The City Candace Bushnell
    How To Study Modern Poetry Tony Curtis and about 7 others

  19. Anonymous

    celeste said………
    November 2nd, 2007 at 11:00 pm

    ‘The God Delusion’ – Richard Dawkins

    NOW yuh talkin!
    should be required reading for every thinking human desirous of personal evolution!
    (without a crotch or coping mechanism that is)

  20. Pelican

    Try Cormack MacCarthy’s “The Road” this pulitzer prize winner is one of the best reads you’ll find this side of the equator. Excellent read. Beautiful, sad , triumphant and sobering all at the same time. I was hooked from page 1.


  21. Pat

    The Klondike – Pierre Berton
    Three Plays – Henrik Ibsen (An Enemy of the People, The Wild Duck, Hedda Gabler)
    The Magic of Oz – Baum (original 1919 edition)
    Pocahontas : a princess of the Woods – Edward S. Ellis (original 1913 edition)
    Outpost Travel Magazine
    The Republic by Plato translated by Benjamin Jowett (collectors edition, leather bound by The Easton Press).

  22. Pat

    Under the Bed:

    Chaucers Canterbury Tales
    Lady Chatterleys Lover – D.H. Lawrence
    Websters Dictionary

  23. Undertaker

    Cliverton’s – I like what is on your table, I have the first 3 of your 4. My stand has everything by Stephen King and John Grisham.

  24. Makaveli

    Thus Spake Zarathustra by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

  25. T.M.T


    Post deleted by BFP. Writer was posting under different names to give the appearance of multiple persons posting.

  26. Margaret Knight

    I read this blog regularly, but seldom contribute. I would like to thank those persons who have been so complimentary about my books. Yes, a third one is with the Publisher, awaiting finishing touches.

    What am I reading? I read, and thoroughly enjoyed “The Madman” by Anthony Winkler, and am about to start on “The Duppy”. Anthony Winkler is a marvellous Jamaican author.

    Many thanks once again.

  27. Sundowner

    Between Extremes – Brian Keenan & John McCarthy .
    The Cretan Runner – George Psychoundakis translated by Patrick Leigh Fermor.

  28. hey BIM & Pat, I’ve thought of reading a new word in the Dictionary every day, but never lasted more than a week ! I’ll try it again maybe.

    For me; a Bill Bryson and a Terry Pratchett.

  29. Kathy

    Bajegirl on the Cheese-on-Bread blog is a talented writer and photographer. I wish I could find a book by her.

  30. FamilyB

    On my shelf, theres:

    Hour Game & The Camel Club – David Baldacci
    The Chamber – John Grisham
    The Present Darkness – Frank E Peretti
    How To be A Bajan – Harold Hoyte
    The Underground Education – Richard Zachs

  31. MarsRover

    I Will Bear Witness 1942-1945: A Diary of the Nazi Years – Victor Klemperer
    Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War – Michael Isikoff and David Corn
    Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell – Susanna Clarke
    Awaken Your Strongest Self – Neil Fiore

  32. BFP, have you checked the IP’s for all comments related to Margaret Knight’s books? Which appeared out of nowhere?

    Isn’t it odd how praise for her stuff has emerged here and not on Cheese On Bread? Or even Bajan Reporter, who also regularly deals with literary topics?

    Isn’t a strange coincidence she just happens to have a 3rd book in th Lily series waiting to launch?

    Beware, it seems like MK is hoping to pull a marketing stunt using your service! This time around, it appears the tree is not too far from the berry.


    BFP Comments

    Yup… you’re correct Mr. Duffy. One person posting under different names to give the impression of numbers.

    HOWEVER… this was not Margaret Knight herself, but rather an overzealous fan and is no reflection upon her at all.

  33. Pablo. T

    Barbados Free Press,With regard to the comments made by me, Pablo,Vernon and TMT, I admit that they originated from my computer but I can assure you that we are three different people – My wife, Me and our friend Vernon who was visiting us. We were all feeling chilly and reminiscing about Barbados and when I saw the subject that was being discussed on your blog we all started to discuss Margaret Knight’s books and decided to write something about them. It was very unfair and uncalled for by one Brian Duffy to cast such aspersions on the Author and to suggest that she had written the comments herself in order to help sales of her book. Perhaps this is what Mr. Duffy himself would do.

    Pablo. T

  34. Lady Anon

    The Rhythm of Life – Matthew Kelly
    The Husband – Dean Koontz
    5th Horseman – James Patterson
    Double Cross – James Patterson
    They came before Columbus – Ivan van Sertima
    A lesson before dying – Ernest Gaines
    A curious incident of the dog in the night-time – Mark Haddon

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