Jennifer Kathleen Gibbons is a graduate of Mills College. She is the author of I Woke Up In Love This Morning, Take What You Got And Fly With It, and Ella Bella. She lives in Lafayette, California. You can learn more about her here.
Welcome to the Wonderful World of My Bed Table! It’s an exciting place, I tell you. Never mind Disneyland; this is the Most Magical Place on Earth. You don’t believe me? Just take a look!
Book I’m reading right now: Who Asked You by Terry McMillan. Her best novel in years, dealing with a woman named Betty Jean who has to raise her grandchildren plus take care of her husband who has dementia. The multiple points of view remind me of Faulkner.
Book on my Kindle app: The Intruders by Pat Montandon. I’ve been dipping into this story Montandon wrote about the mysterious death of her assistant Mary Lou. A real life mystery that keeps you wondering what will happen next.
Book I’m going to read next: Tossup between Simple Dreams by Linda Ronstadt or Someone by Alice McDermott. The ladies might have to wrestle for it.
Other books waiting to be read: The Three Miss Margarets by Louise Shaffer, After Her by Joyce Maynard, Artful by Ali Smith, The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle, and Smoke by Ellen Hopkins.
Meditation books: I always try to keep meditation books to read when I get anxious or depressed. They usually calm me down or make me think okay, as clichéd as it sounds, this too will pass. Right now Melody Beattie and Amy Dean help me get by.
Writing Book: Needed for inspiration. Beat up copy of How to Become a Famous Writer Before You’re Dead by Ariel Gore that has helped me tremendously through the years.
Audiobook: The Girl by Samantha Geimer. One job I held in college was reading to a sight-impaired woman. To see how others did it, I started listening to audiobooks. At night I listen to them before I go to sleep. It’s wonderful to be read to before you drift off. However, listening to the story of Geimer being raped by Roman Polanski was incredibly upsetting, making me stop the book so I could take a deep breath.
Books I found at a library book sale: Library book sales are nirvana for me. I always find something good. The last one was no exception; I found old mysteries. One of the sleuths is Annette Funicello. Who knew that in-between her Mouseketeer duties and surfing with Frankie Avalon she was solving crimes? Along with Annette is Janet Lennon Goes To Camp, where she solves a mystery. Lennon was best known as one of the Lennon Sisters, a singing group who frequently appearanced on The Lawerence Welk Show. Talk about multitasking!