What’s On Your Nightstand: Colleen Oakley

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I loved Colleen Oakley’s book so much I asked to share some of the books she’s reading. The book was released yesterday and it’s a must read. Don’t believe me? Read my review and you can even enter to win your own copy.

Colleen is delightful on Twitter and just as delightful as she gives us a peek at the books on her nightstand.

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I’m reading: Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead. A friend of mine who doesn’t have a great track record with me of recommending books (we just seem to not have the same reading taste) recommended Astonish Me a few months ago, and I was delightfully surprised at how much I liked it. So Seating Arrangements has been on my TBR list since then, and I’m finally delving into it. Shipstead is brilliant at writing effed up characters that are still somehow endearing.

I’m slowly reading/avoiding: Five Days Left by Julie Lawson Timmer. Whoa. This book. So, half of the storyline deals with a woman in the late stages of Huntington’s disease, who has decided to end her life in five days. It is beautifully written, but the scenes with the woman and her young daughter are too well-written, and all I can think about are my children and God-forbid if I ever had to leave them. My eyes leak like I’m cutting onions. I’m on p. 45 and I’ve had it since September when it was released. I’m going to finish it, but my 4-year-old son may be in college by the time I turn the last page.

I’m completely avoiding: The Death of Santini but Pat Conroy. I’m a little obsessive about Pat Conroy. Beach Music? The Lords of Discipline? The Water is Wide? Southern fiction at its finest. So I jumped when I had the opportunity to go see him speak (oh, his VOICE. Seriously, I could listen to him read the phone book.) at the MJCCA Book Festival in Atlanta last year. He was signing copies of his latest memoir The Death of Santini. Naturally, I got in line to meet him and get a signed copy. BUT, I never read The Great Santini, the precursor to The Death of Santini. It’s the only Pat Conroy book — well, now the second Pat Conroy book I have yet to read. But I will! And then my Pat Conroy literary journey will be complete. Until his next book.

More about Colleen:

Before I Go by Colleen Oakley

An Atlanta-based writer, Colleen Oakley’s articles, essays, and interviews have been featured in the New York Times, Ladies’ Home Journal, Marie Claire, Women’s Health, Redbook, Parade, and Martha Stewart Weddings.  Before she was a freelance writer, she was editor-in-chief of Women’s Health & Fitness. Before I Go is her debut novel.

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