Okay, I admit that I'm another one who has a bedside 'bookcase' instead of a bedside table. My obsessions with the British Navy in the Napoleonic Wars, and the question of slavery, have led me to buy so many books that I cannot read fast enough. As well as these there are other books constantly being recommended by friends that I just have to read. Last week it was 'The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society' that I had read before but had to read again, as it is a truly wonderful book. Also to read again are Deborah Cadbury's book 'The Chocolate Wars' and Bryan Sykes' book 'The Seven Daughters of Eve' that tells the remarkable story of the scientific breakthrough that shows we are all linked through the female line by our mitochondrial DNA.
At the moment I'm in the middle of Jenny Uglow's book 'In These Times' that tells of the life of the general population during the Napoleonic Wars. The next book waiting is 'The Gift of Rain' by Tan Twan Eng, narrative fiction based around Penang and in the Malayan Peninsula pre and during WW2 through the eyes of a young British-Chinese man. At the same time I have just re-read Winston Graham's Poldark series, as the new TV series was broadcast. Recently I realized that I was reading 5 books at the same time (usually it's 2 or 3), with some more suitable for different times of the day, with all this reading squeezed into the rest of daily life. Even now that I am retired there isn't enough time in a day.