On My Nightstand

By Camille Styles

I’ve been really excited about this month’s installment of On My Nightstand, since I’ve been on a major reading kick lately. There are so many books on my list right now that I can barely keep up with what I’ve downloaded to my iPad, but I’m still pumped to hear your recommendations for this month – so bring ’em on in the comments! I’ve obviously been feeling the nonfiction, and I have to admit that books on babies and parenting are occupying quite a bit of my mental space right now…but I’ve managed to squeeze in some non-baby related prettiness, too. Here’s what’s sitting on my nightstand

{1} At my French Table: Food, Family and Joie de Vivre in a Corner of Normandy. Can’t wait to fully dig into this account of author Jane Webster’s restoration of her chateau in Normandy, follow her on foodie experiences around France and sample the regional recipes she shares. Oh, and drool over the stunning photography, of course!

{2} Imagine: How Creativity Works. I’m midway through this one, and I’ve gotta say that it’s probably been one of the year’s most influential books for me personally. I think I started it at the perfect time: a moment when I’ve been evaluating my personal quest for creativity, and spending lots of time thinking about my goals for this blog, as well as a personal self-challenge to continue taking the content to a new level. If you’re interested in where creativity comes from and how to awaken it within yourself…this is a must-read.

{3} Matthew Robbins’ Inspired Weddings. I own just about every wedding and party book on the market, and the ones that actually bring something new to the conversation are few and far between. This is one of them, and each page is visually inspiring as well as full of practical advice for brides and entertaining enthusiasts.

{4} NurtureShock. This was recommended by one of our readers, and it’s been one of my favorite parenting books I’ve read so far. The authors challenge widely-accepted parenting “wisdom” with the latest scientific research and behavioral studies, some of which flies in the face of what modern society espouses. NurtureShock is a nice departure from the parenting “manuals” I’ve been reading, instead exploring topics like why children lie, what influences racial attitudes, the problem with “gifted programs,” and much more through fascinating observation and research findings.

I’ve spilled, now it’s your turn! Leave a comment and let me know what you’re currently reading (or any recent book you highly recommend!)