Camille Styles

On My Nightstand

January 8th, 2013

On My Nightstand January 2013 | Camille Styles

Did anyone else resolve to read more books this year? I committed to, at the very minimum, consistently finish my book club’s selections. They’re always great, I just sometimes don’t manage to quite get to the last page before we meet. Anyway, reading is such an incredible way to feed the mind and soul, and this month’s selections are a little more wellness-oriented than usual because that’s just what I’ve got on my mind right now! Here’s what’s on my January reading list, and please do leave a comment letting me know of any books you highly recommend – I’m always looking to add to next month’s list!

{1} I admit, this edition of Wuthering Heights is pure eye candy. I’ve been obsessed with Mr. Boddington’s stationery for years, so I was pretty over-the-moon to discover these classics available from Anthropologie brimming with special details like ribbon markers, deckle-edged pages and colored endpapers in addition to the beautiful covers. I want to collect them for Phoebe’s room, and hopefully she’ll be a book lover one day and read them all!

{2} Although I read pretty much all my mags on the iPad now, Anthology is just too pretty not to have in print. Since it’s not too widely available in stores, I’m thinking about going with a 1-year subscription so I don’t miss any inspiring issues.

{3} I posted The Happiness Project a few months back, but thank goodness I didn’t read it until now because (a) it’s my book club’s selection this month and (b) it couldn’t be more perfect for the month’s theme of embracing my best self. I’m almost finished, and I can’t wait to go back through all my highlighted notes and make little post-its to stick around the house as reminders. This one, for example: “Research shows that happy people are more altruistic, more productive, more helpful, more likable, more creative, more resilient, more interested in others, friendlier, and healthier.” Now I’d say that’s a goal worth pursuing.

{4} I know, I’m a little behind the times on this one… but I’ve only now become addicted to Heidi Swanson’s whole, natural foods blog 101 Cookbooks. I suddenly want to make everything she posts! So her cookbook, Super Natural Every Dayis pretty much a no-brainer for me, chock-full of her go-to recipes that are simple enough to whip up on busy weeknights…and feel really good about myself in the process.

I’ve spilled, now it’s your turn! Let me know what you’re reading this month!

Share this post

Share Your Thoughts

39 Comments under :: On My Nightstand
  1. So glad you posted this! I’ve been thinking about reading The Happiness Projects for awhile, and now I’ll definitely pick it up. And those Anthropologie Books are to do for!

  2. Gretchen’s other book, Happier at Home, is literally on my nightstand now. I haven’t cracked it open yet, but soon!

  3. It makes me so happy to know that you don’t always finish your book in time for book club, haha! My boyfriend and I have a book club, just the two of us. It’s a great way to connect and our discussions when we finish are always the best! My last pick was The Happiness Project, and though I found Rubin a little grating at times, I really got something from her experiment. Jeff’s most recent pick is Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Infidel. I don’t often read non-fiction and her story is both heartbreaking and eye opening. It’s serious stuff and I highly recommend it.

    Happy New Year, Camille!

    • I love the idea of a book club for just the two of you… isn’t it funny how the simple act of discussing a book actually increases the enjoyment of reading it? And it always really deepens my appreciation to hear someone else’s perspective. Such a great idea!

  4. Emily Palmer says:

    I absolutely love this series on your blog and I always take your reading advice- the Happiness Project is the best and I just got Super Natural Everyday for Christmas and it looks fabulous! I would love it if you put up your nightstand collections more often as you always have the best suggestions! Maybe?:)

    • Oh thanks Emily! That is so great to hear – I’m really glad you’re enjoying the series! Well… let’s say that if I manage to read more than 4 things a month, I’ll increase the frequency. 😉 Deal?

  5. One of my goals for 2013 is to finish 13 books! As a kid I would read everything I could get my hands on (including the back of cereal boxes!), so this should be a fun one for me. Some of the highlights from my list include:

    – The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
    – A Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin (not a huge fantasy fan, but this series is a page-turner!)
    – I love biographies of strong women,too… Marilyn Monroe, Julia Child, and Tina Fey

    I might have to add a few classics on the list just to have a few books from the new Penguin series that was designed by Jessica Hische.

    • Those Jessica Hische-designed covers are sooo gorgeous. Good luck with your 2013 reading resolution! Keep us posted on your favorite selections (these are all such a fantastic start!)

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Adored the Happiness Project-so inspiring! Going to pick up Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb at the library today. Also just finished Nine Lives by Dan Baum, which I picked up in New Orleans–a fantastic, compelling read about 9 people in New Orleans in the years leading up to Katrina and afterwards. Want to pick up Edible Selby as well.

  7. Alison says:

    I love Super Natural Everyday and want to cook more with it! I hope you’ll share what you love most. I also think you just convinced me to finally pick up The Happiness Project. Happy new year!!

  8. C says:

    Chanel Bonfire, The Law of Divine Compensation, May Cause Miracles, and Me Before You…happy reading!

  9. Molly says:

    I’m reading Happier at Home right now! I love Gretch!

  10. Karen A. says:

    I’ve definitely made a resolution to read more this year and so far so good. I’ve read Tina Fey’s Bossypants and I’m currently reading This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz. I’ve really forgotten how much I love to get lost in a really great book and I can’t wait to keep this New Years Resolution up!

  11. Jennifer Rose Smith says:

    “The Once and Future King” by T.H. White

  12. em_dash512 says:

    That’s so funny you’re reading The Happiness Project! I got the journal (based on the book) for Christmas. It’s a five year diary and you just write one sentence a day about what happened that day or what made you happy. I’m using it to record the little things that make me smile so I can look back on it on a down day. Here’s my post on it:

  13. I have that on my list to take more time to read…The last books I read were The Hunger Games series! Loved Twilight, too! I know that was a long time ago but I love those easy read books there were meant for teens!

  14. Phyllis says:

    On my reading list? Blogs! I love to read books and yet I actually struggle fitting books in between my favorite blogs and keeping up with social media. Does anyone else have that issue?? It’s my goal in 2013 read more BOOKS! A book I’m reading right now that is so fun and light is called “Where’d You Go Bernadette?” I love the writing {witty}, characters {mom and daughter} and plot {crazy!}. I recommend it!

  15. rachel says:

    I recently started reading The Happiness Project! It’s a good one!


  16. I have been 3/4 of the way through The Happiness Project for months. It’s a good “pick me up when you’re in the mood” title for me, but I have gravitated towards other novels in the meantime. I am reading the “End of Your Life Bookclub” now and it’s a good one for all you book lovers out there!

  17. Amanda says:

    Would love to be in a book club? How did you find one?

  18. Elinor says:

    Amanda, you might start a book club yourself by inviting a few people you know who enjoy reading and discussing. One thing I like about my book club (made up of women in my family) is that we usually choose our own individual book each month — not the most conventional method, but so much fun to hear all about several books at our meetings. you could also find a book club at your local library or bookstore.

  19. Molly says:

    Okay. I’ve been waiting all day to give you some of my book recommendations! Now, watching 2 hours of the Bachelor, is the perfect time.
    Here’s what I’m reading right now:
    -One True Thing by Anna Quindlen (which I’ve read like a thousand times, but it’s one of my favs).
    -Of Thee I Sing: Letters to My Daughter by Barack Obama. He is the most interesting man ever. This memoir by him is awesome.
    -Storyline: Finding Your Subplot in God’s Story by Don Miller (as in Blue Like Jazz, Don Miller). So good!

  20. Ashley says:

    These are all great recommendations! I finish boards tomorrow and have been looking forward to leisurely reading! The Happiness Project is definitely on my list. Also on my list this year is to go back to the classics, like The Great Gatsby. Hopefully I can squeeze it in before the movie comes out in May!

    Thank you for the suggestions!

  21. krissycox says:

    I am a HUGE Anthology fan. I get giddy when I see it come in the mail! 🙂 Their photos and articles are just all around gorgeous and peaceful and enjoyable.

  22. Kelli says:

    have you read grace coddington’s memoir? if not, i strongly recommend it!

  23. My resolution was to use my library card more. My hope is o read two books a month. Since the ‘nightstand’ feature is my favorite thing on the blog, I’ll be sure to read one of these recs…even if it’s Wuthering Heights for the millionth time 🙂

  24. Camille, do you like reading more current/bestselling fiction as well? I know it’s not very original, but I just finished The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo series, and it was a really good, interesting read! One of my all-time favourites is definitely the Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold. It’s a sad book, but it’s a great one (I’ve also read her memoir, and it’s great as well).

    I’m definitely checking out your cookbook. I’ve just moved overseas and need to populate my shelves with some healthy cooking inspo.

    I love your site, I don’t know whyyyy I don’t come here more often. Shame on me!

    • Goodness, I don’t know why either… you need to make a habit of it! 😉 You know, I did read the 1st in the Dragon Tattoo series on a vacation a couple summers ago, and loved it… not sure why I never read the others in the series, but definitely adding to my list! Lovely Bones is a favorite of mine as well, but I’ve never read Alice Sebold’s memoir! And I’m a huge memoir fan. Thanks Erica!

  25. […] another fantasy classic, The Once and Future King by T. H. White. Whether it’s reading a good book, cleaning out your closets or making it back to yoga class, we hope that you’re enjoying some […]

  26. […] Now it’s your turn! Let me know what you’re reading this month… and for other book ideas, be sure to check out the last few editions of On My Nightstand. […]

  27. […] Now it’s your turn! Let me know what you’re reading this month… and for other book ideas, be sure to check out the last few editions of On My Nightstand. […]

  28. […] letting 2 months slip by between editions of On My Nightstand, I’m dying to share so many reading ideas that it’s tough to narrow them down to just […]

  29. […] For other book ideas, be sure to check out the last few editions of On My Nightstand! […]

  30. […] Now it’s your turn! Let me know what you’re reading this month… and for other book ideas, be sure to check out the last few editions of On My Nightstand. […]

Leave a Reply