Books by the bed are the constant-and ever-changing-companions of avid readers. They're special, different from the tomes of daylight, flirtatious, fun, provocative friends we array within easy reach, our last contacts with the conscious world before we surrender to sleep. Writers are particularly voracious consumers of the printed word, and eloquent propounders of those words. This book is the second annual collection of guest posts from the popular series of the same name on the We Wanted to Be Writers blog. In it, 28 writers divulge their current stashes-more than 250 volumes-and why they deserve this prime real estate.