Slice of Life #10: What’s On Your Nightstand?

Thanks to Elisabeth at The Dirigible Plum for being my mentor text!

Books. This probably comes as no surprise from an ELA teacher. There’s my current read, The Terranauts. My abandoned-but-current reads, Where the Dead Sit Talking and Dime Quien Soy. My abandoned-sometime-around-winter-break-but-waiting-until-the-mood-strikes-me-to-pick-them-back-up books, The Far Field, A Great and Terrible Beauty, In Other Words, Flora & Ulysses, Lab Girl, The Goldfinch. My research books, about women in medieval Europe who made beer… before men and capitalism pushed them out: Medieval Women, The Ties That Bound, The Time Traveler’s Guide to Medieval England, Beer in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, and, the best book out there on the subject, Ale, Beer, and Brewsters in England: Women’s Work in a Changing World. Oh, and one book I’ve finished: The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo. It was amazing!

Notebooks along with some loose papers, binder dividers, and the like.

Kleenex. An essential.

Lights of all kinds. There’s the salt lamp for a calming, yellow-pink glow. A clip-on book light that never quite gives enough light to read by. And, a silicone bunny-shaped lamp I lovingly call Kuchi Kopi (a Bob’s Burgers reference).

A cup of writing utensils. This includes a few of my favorite pens: Frixion erasables, and TUL needlepoint. My lotion, glasses, and page-flag post-its also reside in this cup.

Chargers,including my favorite, a wireless charger that acts as a phone stand. (Technology is so cool!)

Never-Used Alarm Clock. This baby just sits there gathering dust, since I use my phone for my alarms.

Water. Another essential.

Hairties, clips, & Carmex, artfully (or messily?) arranged in what I believe is a dish for rings. There’s a sleeping cat design on the bottom, which I wish I could see more often. Alas, I’m a clutter-y person.

Stuffed Animals. I might be 27, but I still love cute stuffed animals. Especially Squishmallows!

Cat Hair. Yep. My nightstand is next to a window, and my cat likes to peek her head out of the curtain to check on the squirrels outside. Thus, there is never a lack of cat hair on the nightstand. Sigh.

What’s on your nightstand?

Oh, and there’s a floor-to-ceiling mirror behind it; a feature of the apartment, not a decorating decision of mine. Hi, Slicing Community!

21 thoughts on “Slice of Life #10: What’s On Your Nightstand?

  1. Ohhhh I’m SO glad I stumbled upon this!! What a cool slice! Ok here’s my nightstand:
    Books- Girl, Wash Your Face, Journey to the Heart- Daily Meditations on the Path to Freeing Your Soul, and “Reasons I Love You” (written by my boyfriend, swoon).
    Notebooks- 2; a journal I use to write down my 3 positive things a day and a 5 Year Journal (you write something you want to remember about that day and it has 5 spots for each day of the year so that you can see what you’ve written previous years).
    Pencil and pen
    Lamp that’s never used

    Fun 🙂


  2. Oh, how I love this! Thank you for the glimpse into your nightstand life. 🙂 But now I’m curious…your research! Why are you researching women in Medieval Europe who made beer?! Ha. My nightstand: (boring compared to yours) – a pile of books, Almost Everything: Notes on Hope by Anne Lamott, Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle, Game Changer! by Donalyn Miller & Colby Sharp, How to be a Good Creature by Sy Montgomery, and The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton. And a lamp and alarm clock (which I actually do use). Thanks for a fun slice!


    1. To be honest, my “research” started from a place of curiosity, and morphed into wanting to write a fictional story about it! Still figuring out what I want to say, but the systematic removal of women from the brewing profession really interests me. Thanks for sharing your nightstand books! Game Changer and The Clockmaker’s Daughter are both on my list!


  3. Your nightstand holds a lot. Books of course. Notebooks and writing tools keeping them good company. I felt a bit sad for the never-used alarm clock.


  4. Very clever post: This is a challenge I can do:
    Books: Cleverlands, Girl Stop Apologizing, The Minimalist Home,Girl Wash your Face
    cup of pens, pencils, nail file
    nail oil
    extra pair of readers
    phone/watch charger


  5. I recently went minimalist with my nightstand. I’m glad you shared your TBR pile so I know I’m not the only one who lets books pile up.

    Thanks for sharing. I like the structure of this slice.


  6. I have many similar things to yours on my night stand – but my nightstand is actually my dresser (and I have no stuffed animals on mine). I’m amazed at how much you can fit! The New York Times does an interview with a writer every week and they always ask them what books are on their nightstands – I find it so interesting to find out what other people are reading. Your list covers a gamut of topics, for sure.


  7. I go minimalist with my nightstand too: just the stack of books and a light. To be honest, my cats knock everything else off (a hair tie is like the Golden Snitch of objects for my cats–a prized treasure to carry off and growl over!). I loved reading your list of all the things on yours. I’m cluttery too and wish I weren’t! Thanks for linking to my blog! Glad you found inspiration in that post!

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  8. My nightstand has 3 piles of books, a box of kleenex, an alarm clock that I still use because I am old fashioned and don’t want my phone in the bedroom, a lamp, and several bookmarks. There really isn’t much room for anything else.


  9. I love this idea! We have some similar things, too! It might be fun to write a slice from that unused alarm clock’s point of view! 🙂


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