In a new fit of trying to keep the house neat and tidy, I decided to clean out the book pile by my bed.

I realized this had to be done as there was barely a foot of walking space between the pretty yellow bookcase and my bed. Honestly, I need to learn how to make pretty vignettes in my house as opposed to the piles of stuff that fill it now.

I swear I am going to wind up on an episode of Hoarders. Perhaps I will only make it to Clean House with Niecy Nash. I could use some styling tips from Mark Burnett. But my house is not that bad – yet.

So this morning, my reflection time (lying in bed or reading a silly novel) was spent going through the 20 or so books besides my bed and re-allocating them.  Books belonging to the kids (Scary Stories, Kipper’s A to Z Adventure, Fairy Godmother Academy, Madeline) went back to their rooms.

The remaining seven were taken to a paperback store that gives you credit for each book. SCORE! I can use the credit for half of the purchase price for whatever book(s) I want to buy. It is a win-win.

So here is what I ended up giving to the universe.

Shoes Addicts Anonymous by Beth Harbison

I really like this light and breezy tale of four women going through various types of crisis. The one thing that connects them all is shoes. Size 71/2 designer shoes to be specific. It was a fun read. BTW, this is getting movie buzz and could, could, star Halle Berry.

Swapping Lives by Jane Green

I thought I would like this one better than I did. It is the tale of a British singleton magazine editor and fairly wealthy American Housewife who trade places for an article. For whatever reasons, the book really focused on the American. I know her story but wanted more of the Brit’s.

An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears

How I got this book I do not know; it might have come from my mother’s collection. It is long and some passages are wonderfully written. Despite all that it is not something I am going to read again and again and again. It is a mystery set in Restoration England when being a Catholic could destroy your political career.

When Did My Life Become a Game of Twister by Mary Pierce

The author is not the tennis star with the mis-guided father but a mom with better sense of humor than most of us. It was an ‘ok’ book but I ended up not connecting with it.

After All These Years by Susan Issacs

This is an interesting mystery about a woman whose soon-to-be ex-husband is found dead in her home. Over the years of their marriage they built a business that reaped in lots of money. It is a fun read as she roams Manhattan trying to find the real killer which is more than O.J. did.

Happiness Sold Separately by Lolly Winston

Perhaps it is me but Winston lost her way in this book. It starts out promising about a couple who have tried to have a baby and it just doesn’t happen. He has an affair and she finds out. They still love each other but the balance of the relationship has changed. When the story begins to go into predictable routes, I tuned out. Perhaps I am wrong and someone wants to tell me why.

My Two Year Old Eats Octopus by Nancy Tringali Piho

I was sent this book during my editor days. I found it interesting in how Piho suggests getting kids to eat different foods. But what is scary is her listings of how much sugar and gunk is in all that processed food we eat.  Perhaps our kids would be better off eating octopus more often.

What books surround your reading area?

Karyn Bowman lives in Kankakee County with her husband and children. Become friends with Karyn on Facebook.