Books Waiting on My Nightstand

I have a break from school coming up soon, and while I will probably use some of that time to tweak papers for publication and continue my research, I’m also looking forward to reading a few good books.  Actually reading them.  Like holding them in my hands, turning their pages, and smelling their paper, rather than listening to them on CD while I drive through a dangerous canyon in fog and snow.

And the books I want to read have been piling up over the last few months.  I’ve gotten some of them through and some of them at the local thrift store.  One is from the library.  I even bought some of them new!

This is what my nightstand looks like (after I cleaned it up for this picture, of course!).

They are all just waiting for me.  Wishing that I’d pick them up.  Hoping to be read.  (Do you think I could come up with any more sentence fragments?)

Here’s the list:

Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

The Essential Feminist Reader edited by Estelle B. Freedman (love her!)

Our Sister Editors: Sarah J. Hale and the Tradition of Nineteenth-Century American Women Editors by Patricia Okker

A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

The Price of Motherhood: Why The Most Important Job in the World is Still the Least Valued by Ann Crittenden

Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution by Adrienne Rich (Okay, I confess.  I already started this one.  I read a few chapters of it for a class this semester, and I just couldn’t wait any longer to read the rest!)

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century by Thomas L. Friedman

Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on her Diary, 1785-1812 by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich (I love her, too!)

So, which one should I read first?  Have you read any of these?  What great treats do I have in store?