Here's a smart way to cope with the mountain of books beside the bed: easy-sew pockets that slip between the box-spring and the mattress and hang down on the side of the bed.
I am constantly tidying up my night table that has piled books, phone, clock, tissue box, converter, pictures, some carnations in a vase, where are you suppose to put all this stuff? Well, in this little bedside pocket of course! Oh so basic. Long embroidered cloth, folded over and sewn. Tuck in between the mattresses and there's your pocket. Stick your water bottle, converter, book, whatever.