118 books from 51 Nightstands~2017
I started The Nightstand Collective Project in order to learn what other people were doing with their time while confined to bed; what tools were they using for their physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. I have often found the process of managing chronic illness to be an isolating experience, and the times when I was consumed with trying to understand this process in my body has ebbed and flowed. I wanted to know what other people were experiencing and working with during these vulnerable times. The items on our bedroom nightstand are the most revealing in this journey. I was curious.
After a year of collecting nightstand stories I am starting to see some patterns and themes that run throughout all of the nightstands. One of and the strongest items by far is the old fashioned book. Actual paper books are thriving! A few Kindle's are featured and when they are I have asked for the top books being read at the time, but by and large books are the rule. I have gathered the list of all the books from 51 nightstands and here it is. I am simply fascinated by this list. I had anticipated the books to be primarily about illness, and was honestly surprised to find that they are hardly any on the topic of physical illness, but rather books on tools to manage spiritual and mental health. Lots of plain old fantasy distraction and coloring books are heavily used. Largely missing from this list is romance novels. Interesting.
13 Reasons Why, By Jane Asher.
A Very Short Introduction Series, by Oxford University Press
Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina and Stress Relief, byDavid Winston, and Steven Maimes
Addiction and Grace, by Gerald May.
Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book
All The Joy You Can Stand, by Debrena Jackson Gandy
Art Therapy Disney Princesses
Artful, by Ali Smith
Awakenings, by Thomas Keating.
Barking Up The Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success is Wrong, by Eric Barker
Braving The Wilderness, by Brene Brown
Build Your Own Independent Nation, by Sakagushi Kyohei
Calm: 50 Mindfulness Exercises to de-stress and unwind, by Dr. Arlene Unger
Chernobyl Prayer, by Svetlana Alexievich.
CoDependant No More, by Melody Beattie.
Color Therapy Coloring Book
Compassion and Self Hate, by Theodore Rubin MD.
Complete Etiquette: The Complete Modern Guide For Day-To-Day Living The Correct Way, by Frances Benton.
Courage, by Anna Akhmatova
Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within All of Us, by Tom Kelley and David Kelley
Cuckoo's Calling, by Robert Galbraith
D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths.
Dorothy Must Die, by Danielle Paige.
Dust, by Patricia Cornwall
Fantastic Beasts, by J.K. Rowling
For Boys Only: The Biggest, Baddest Book Ever, by Marc Aronson.
Fourth Way Teachings, by Rebecca Nottingham.
Fragments, by Murat Yagan.
Fuck Feelings: One Shrink's Practical Advice For Managing All Of Life's Impossible Problems, by Michael Bennett, MD and Sarah Bennett.
Get Your Shit Together, by Ruth Field
Giapponeserie, by Antonio Marazzi
Going After Cacciato, by Tim O'Brien
Growing a Feast, by Kurt Timmermeister
Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, by J.K Rowling
Haunthed, by Chaun Palanik
How Can I Get Better, by Dr. Richard Horowitz
How To Smoke Pot (properly): A Highbrow Guide To Getting High, by David Bienenstock
Hyperbole and a Half, by Allie Brosh
I Thought It Was Just Me, by Brene Brown
I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen, by Silvie Simmons
If You Feel Too Much, by Jamie Tworkowski
Iliad and The Odyssey, by Homer.
Inner Work, by Robert Johnson.
Intern, by Doctor X
Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov
Lonely Planet To Somewhere
Love Poems, by Nikki Giovani
Making Friends With Your Mind, by Pema Chodron
Man's Search For Meaning, by Victor Frankl
Managing Thought, by Mary J Lore
Maps of The Disney Parks, by Vanessa Hunt
Miss Peregrine's School for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs.
Mrs. Fletcher, by Tom Perrotta
Multicultural Japan, Edited by Denoon, Hudson, McCormack, and Morris Suzuki.
My Brother, by Jamaica Kincaid
Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of law, by Dean Spade
Not That Kind Of Girl, by Lena Dunham
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, by Ken Kesey
Painted Shadow, by Carole Seymor-Jones
Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life, by Thich Nhat Hanh
Practical Mysticism, by Evelyn Underhill
Proust Was A Neuroscientist, by Jonah Lehrer
Red Dust, by Gillian Slovo
Relationships, by The School of Life & Alan de Botton
Saving The Appearances, by Owen Barfield.
Selected Poems, by Sergei Esenini
Sing, unburied, sing- By Jesmyn Ward
Small Great Things, by Jodi Picoult
Star Wars Character Encyclopedia, by Pablo Hidalgo, and Simon Beecroft.
Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel
SweetBitter, by Stephanie Danler
The Alchemy of Illness, by Kat Duff
The Angry Book, by Theodore Rubin MD.
The Art of Stillness, by Pico Iyer
The Bell Lap, by Muriel A Murch
The Bipolar Handbook, by Wes Burgess
The Book of Human Emotions: From Ambiguphobia to Umpty- 154 Words From Around The World For How We Feel, by Tiffany Watt Smith
The Christian Archetype, by Edward Edinger.
The Complete Poems and Tales of Edgar Allen Poe
The Cosmic Christ, by Hans-Werner Schroeder.
The Demonologist: The Extraordinary Career of Ed & Lorraine Warren, by Gerald Brittle.
The Diabetic Athlete's Handbook, by Sheri Colberg.
The Divided Self, By R.D.Laing.
The Enchantress Returns, by Chris Colfer.
The Five Second Rule, by Mel Robbins
The Four, by Scott Galloway
The French Lieutenants Woman, by John Fowles
The Geology of The Island of Arran, Andrew Crombie Ramsey
The Healer, by Greg Hollingshead
The Lonely City, by Olivia Laing
The Magic Mountain, by Thomas Mann.
The Museum of Unconditional Surrender, by Dubravka Ugresic
The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot, by Robert Macfarlane
The Pagoda, by Patricia Powell
The Poisoners Handbook, by Deborah Blum
The Ragmuffin Gospel, by Brennan Manning
The Science of Universal Awe Vol 1, by Ahmsta Kebzeh.
The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory, by Carol J Adams
The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating, by Elizabeth Tova Bailey
The Spiritual Challenge of Midlife: Crisis and Opportunity, by Anselm Grum.
The Story of The Other Wise Man, by Henry Van Dyke
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck: A Counter Intuitive Approach to Living A Good Life,
by Mark Manson
The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook
The Wahls Protocol, by Terry Wahls
The War of the Gods in Addiction, by David Schoen.
The Way of Hermes, by Hermes Trismegistus.
The Yellow Brick War, by Danielle Paige.
Think Like A Pancreas, by Gary Scheiner
Unbearable Splendor, by Sun Yung Shin
Unstoppable, By Bill Nye
Waking Up White, by Debby Irving
Waste Free Kitchen, by Dana Gunders
* When Things Fall Apart, by Pema Chodron
Where Does it Hurt, by Johnathan Bush and Stephen Baker
*Wild, by Cheryl Strayed
Women Who Run With The Wolves, by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
YOU are a BADASS: How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness And Start Living An Awesome Life, by Jen Sincero.
You Deserve A Drink, by Mamrie Hart
(*= appears on more than one nightstand)