Nightstand Books Returns!

Thank you so much for all your feedback on my post last week, dear Reader! It was extremely helpful as I tried to figure out what direction to take this little outlet of mine. I was surprised — and pleased — to discover that many of you seem to enjoy the variety that gets presented here. This is a very good thing, because I don’t think I could stand just writing one or two kinds of posts all the time. But it did show me that there are a few types of posts that aren’t as popular, so your feedback helped give me some focus, as well. Several of you asked me not to stop blogging… which was never an option to begin with, sorry if my last blog post scared you about that. I can stop blogging like I can stop blinking. Not gonna happen. It may be slightly less frequent this year, but I think we’ll have plenty of fun things to do and read, regardless.

First of all, I wrote a piece of flash fiction for a fun little contest, and would LOVE it if any of you would go over and vote for it (if you like it, that is). You can find the story HERE - the stories are all in the comments, and you “vote” by clicking the “thumbs up” icon. You can vote on as many stories as you like. Many thanks in advance!


Everyone said I should bring back the Nightstand Books, which is always a fun and easy post to come up with, and I’ll be honest, I’ve kind of missed it, too. So here we go!

I have a ton of books that I got over a year ago, and one of my main reading goals this year is to actually read ALL of the ones I haven’t gotten to yet. This means I need to curtail my library acquisitions. I think I can, I think I can…

Currently, these are on my nightstand.img_2268


The Battle of Castle Nebula by Stephanie Ricker. This is the prequel to my favorite story in the Five Glass Slippers collection! It has been out for a while, but was only available as an ebook for many moons. As soon as it was released in paperback I put it on my wish list and to my great and everlasting delight, I was given it for Christmas this past year! Yay! It is every bit the delightful read I expected and hoped for, and I am zipping through it.

The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde. This is the third in the Thursday Next series, and part of the inspiration behind my InterFiction Gazette and Henry Fairchild series, so it’s fun to delve back into this world again. These are re-reads until I get to book #5, but it’s been so long since I read them that I didn’t want to just jump into the episode I hadn’t read yet without a refresher for my memory.

I’m planning to go all-fantasy with my February Nightstand. The only trouble I’ll have is deciding which ones to read. Which brings me to the next announcement: I am pleased to inform you that I WILL be holding February is Fantasy month here on the blog for February. Probably not posting every day like I did last year, but all the posts will be Fantasy-related, and anyone and everyone is welcome to join the fun. I’ll have a linky-list up around the end of January so we can all find each other’s fantasy-related posts – so start brainstorming now! And I think I’ll throw in a short-story challenge as well. Here’s the graphic so you can share it and let people know what’s going on! (I may see if Mr. Rowe, my graphics designer, is up for making another version for 2017).

February Fantasy Month Banner


I’ll probably only post once a week (if that) for the rest of January as I gear up for the more crazy month of February here on the blog. Enjoy the rest of your January!

What books are on your nightstand this month? What are some of your reading goals for the new year?

~ jenelle


Madeline J. Rose

So glad to see this meme make a comeback! :)

I’ve really been meaning to read The Battle of the Castle Nebula for a l-o-n-g time. So glad you liked it! I’ll definitely have to pick up a copy sometime soon. <3


It’s good. Not quite what I expected, as it’s the prequel to A Cinder’s Tale, but it’s really a very good, light, quick read and I am very much looking forward to reading Part Three!


Huzzah to all of this! (*throws confetti*) I’m so glad to see this fun post series come back!!

Maybe this year I can actually participate in Fantasy February, as far as reading goes! I already have plans to go on a blogging hiatus, starting in mid-February, so I’m not entirely sure how many fantasy posts I’ll do… But I will be reading! (And February is my least favourite month of the year, so fantasy should cheer it up, a bit! :D )



February seems to be a lot of people’s least favorite month. I wonder why that is? It’s always been one of my favorites. That and November. I’m weird, I guess. But huzzah for fantasy cheering you up! Yay!

DJ Edwardson

Yay! Nightstand is back! I’m so glad you have people in your life who give you books. What a blessing. The Fforde one stands out most to me as I’ve not read the Glass Slippers anthology.

I also voted for your flash fiction. That was quite good! I’m always impressed by flash fiction that actually works. It’s hard to paint a complete picture in so few words, but you certainly did it. Well done!

And count me in for Fantasy month. Not sure what I’ll do yet, but I’ll think of something…


Thank you so much for the kind words about my short story, and for voting! I had a lot of fun writing that one.

Jasper Fforde is one of my favorite authors. So much wittiness. So many puns and wordplay type humor. Always an enjoyable read. I am looking forward to reading the books in the series I haven’t read, but am enjoying the re-reads, as well.

Yay! I’m hoping to get some more participation in Fantasy month this year!

Deborah O'Carroll

Yay for the return of Nightstand Books! I’m not blogging right now but I may join in next time. ^_^ Regardless, it’s always fun to see what you’re reading!

And hurray for Fantasy February! I’ll have to come up with at least one or two posts for that, even if it’s only a fantasy review or two… looking forward to it! :D


Yay! I love seeing what everyone’s reading every month, too.

So glad to hear you’ll be participating in Fantasy February, I look forward to reading your posts. (I look forward to reading your posts anyway because I MISS THEM, and because everybody took the month of January off of blogging… which makes the internet a sad and lonely place… though it does mean I don’t have as much procrastinating material and am therefore getting more writing done…) hahaha


I love hearing from you, dear Reader!