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!)

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    Kayla | April 18, 2012 at 11:27 am

    I’m currently about halfway through The Snow Child by Eowen Ivey. It’s such a beautiful story and although I don’t yet know how it will turn out, I highly recommend it.

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    Kasey M. | April 18, 2012 at 11:29 am

    When I’m crocheting My Little Monsters I like to listen to audio books. Recently, I’ve been listening to anything by Sarah Addison Allen. Her books are so cheerful – but if you don’t like chic-lit it won’t be your cup of tea.

    Another book that’s on my nightstand is Heather Barbieri’s The Lace Makers of Glenmara. It was recommended by a friend and after reading the 1st two chapters on Amazon it was a no brainer to add it to my Kindle!

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    Marie Warne | April 18, 2012 at 11:31 am

    I’m currently reading “Bringing Up Bébé” which I’m loving. Our kids are 15 and 11 so the foundation has been laid, so to speak. Being Canadian with a British husband, we seem to have raised our two in a similar way to the author. So far so good……and yes, they’re both very good eaters.

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    Kathy Besser | April 18, 2012 at 11:41 am

    I loved NutureShock! If you like it, I highly recommend “The Blessing of a Skinned Knee” and “The Blessing of a B Minus” (I think I reviewed them on my blog last year). Even though “B Minus” is aimed at parents of teens, its roots go all the way back to baby and toddlerhood. Wendy Mogel effectively shows how parenting decisions play out over time – something I’ve been thinking about writing myself (as a follow-up to ‘dirt&sunshine’). I would love to know if anyone else has read her books and what they think! kathy

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    Jessica McSweeney | April 18, 2012 at 11:42 am

    I’m loving “A Good American,” by Alex George. The characters are FANTASTIC, and I can’t put it down. I’m also dying to visit Anthropologie to pick up a stack of books now — thanks for the inspiration!

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    erin | houseofearnest | April 18, 2012 at 11:55 am

    I really love the idea of ‘Nurture Shock’. I don’t have children yet, but am thinking about it soon… Also- I’ll have to look up ‘Bringing up Bebe’ as Marie mentioned!
    I’m reading ‘Of Love and Other Demons’ right now and it’s too early to say how I feel 🙂

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    Silvia | April 18, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    I too am waiting for a little babe to hatch this August and can’t put any of the parenting books I’ve found down. A good one, recommended by Joanna on Cup of Jo is “Great With Child: Letters to a Young Mother” it’s beautifully written and a great reminder of why we are doing this to ourselves. 🙂


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    rachelle wood | April 18, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Im going to assume Fifty Shades of Grey is hidden in the night stand drawer, not on top and thats why you didnt mention it! 🙂 🙂 🙂
    Its pretty awesome. And yes, Im a married woman. haha

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    Lauren | April 18, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Would love to hear your thoughts on “At My French Table” – I can always read a good book on moving to France!

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    Elizabeth | April 18, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    I’m definitely gonna check out Imagine! Hopefully they have it for Kindle. Thanks for the suggestions!

    Cheers, Elizabeth

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    andrea | April 18, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    I totally loved Nurture Shock! I have three children and they hit so many great points in this book! I just started Snobs from the writer of Downton Abbey, kindof liking it.

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    Charlotte | April 18, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    With my little guy due at the end of this month, I was looking at trading in my pregnancy books for parenting ones. I think I’ll try Nurture Shock and Great With Child. I love Joanna’s blog. Does anyone recommend the Happiest Baby on the Block? I’ve seen it on some baby blogs.

    • Camille Styles | April 18, 2012 at 8:51 pm

      I’ve had SO many people recommend this one to me… it’s next on my list. Bringing Up Bébé (http://camillestyles.com/2012/on-my-nightstand-3/) was a great parenting read too. Educational AND super entertaining.

      • Charlotte | April 18, 2012 at 9:36 pm

        thanks for sharing ladies…I’ll let you know how it goes.

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    chandra ~ oh lovely day | April 18, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    I’m intrigued by NurtureShock now! My little one is 17 months and it has been a while since I read a parenting book. I’d save time and skip the Happiest Baby on the Block. Here’s what it will tell you: When you’re baby is really fussy, try calming them with the 5 “S’s”: Shush, swing, swaddle, sucking, and side or stomach (as in, lay them on it). Just saved you days 🙂

    I just read “In the Woods” by Tana French, and am now reading “The Likeness” by her also. Very well written crime mysteries & I highly recommend!

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    Anne Book | April 18, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    I am starting IMAGINE soon. I just bought it last week. Have you started it yet? Thoughts?

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    Emy Koster | April 19, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Hi Camille,

    I love this post!! I am definitely going to try out your second recommendation, you described what I’m going through right now perfectly. On my daily train rides I’m currently reading Catching Fire ( a little late on the Hunger Games craze ) Have a great day!

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    Soyoung | April 19, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    So funny, my mom sent me an e-mail about “Imagine” earlier today and I’ve also seen it on your blog and via Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Twitter feed of all places. I’m definitely adding it to my ever growing “to read” list.

    If you feel like getting back into the fiction world, one of my dearest college friends recently published her debut novel, “The Ruins of Us.” You can find out more info about the book and my friend, Keija Parssinen, at http://www.keijaparssinen.com. Her novel tells such a human, moving story and Keija writes so so beautifully. It’s gotten some great press, and I’d love to see more people be exposed to her amazing talent!

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    Wendy Franzen | April 19, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    I am currently reading two: Ines de la Fressange’s Parisian Chic and Daisy Goodwin’s The American Heiress. Both amazing!

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    Nathalie | April 20, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    I suggest “secrets of a baby whisperer” by Tracy Hogg…. That really save us from becoming crazy when we had our son.

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    thrownforaloop | April 24, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    I highly recommend On Becoming Baby Wise, by Gary Ezzo; we were told of it ny our neighbors who had twin boys 10 months older than our twin girls. With some time invested we were all well rested and my girls slept thru the night (12 hours!) at 10 weeks and always (til this day, 7 years later) sleep, eat and play at the same time!
    Congratulations on your blessing!

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