Thursday, February 17, 2011

What Book Goes Best with This Shade of Bronze?

I don't know if you've heard, but I'm going on vacation soon. Well, in six weeks, but that's close enough for me to think about it non-freakin'-stop. Right now, I'm concentrating on fleshing out my reading list. The only book that I'm 100% sure is going on the plane with me is Rebecca Skloot's "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," since the author will be speaking at a conference I'm attending in May and I still haven't read it. And the only book I'm 100% sure is not going on the plane with me is "Eat, Pray, Love" because, seriously, I'm not going on vacation to be made jealous of some woman who got a divorce and then got a book contract to travel the world and "find herself" for a year. Bitch.

[On a related note...

Attention book publishers: I also got a divorce and then entered into a series of misguided "relationships" (and I use that term very loosely). I could also stand to "find myself" in Italy, India, and Indonesia. And - conveniently for all of us! -  I'm willing to sacrifice whatever is necessary to travel the world for a year and then write a book about it. I'm just sayin'.]

So, anyway... I'm looking for reading suggestions for my Mexican beach time. There are plenty of places to lounge where I'm going, but the ones I plan to spend the most time in are hammocks. Here are two actual photos* from the place I will be staying:

This is the private patio right outside my room. Oh, and that on the left? Just my own personal hammock surrounded by palms and other tropical plants.

And this is the hotel's private beach, with at least three - yes, three! - hammocks. I'm sure I'll be able to claim at least one for my ass.
Now that you're good and jealous, I want you to tell me what I should be reading while I'm swaying in those hammocks, soaking up some much-needed UV rays and generally getting happy. I've heard the Thursday Next series is good, but I'm hoping to get a lot of reading (and writing, and photographing, and napping, and wandering) in while I'm there, so bring on the suggestions! Fiction, non-fiction, audiobooks - you name it, I want to know about it. Leave a comment, tell me why it's perfect vacation reading, and I'll compile all the recommendations here in a future post - and let you know what I decide to take with me on the plane, too!

*I'll provide the credits for these photos after I return, lest any wannabe stalkers decide to follow me on my trip. You know who you are.


Unknown said...

Thursday is an EXCELLENT mind-bending choice. That series has my vote for sure!

Anonymous said...

I am reading Pictures of You and really enjoying it. (Caroline Leavitt).

Amy in Austin said...

A friend just lent me her copy of Under the Table, Saucy Tales From Culinary School, by Katherine Darling. Instead of "finding herself" in exotic locations on someone else's dime, she goes into debt to attend The French Culinary Institute. I just started it but am enjoying it so far.

Katherine said...

I recently read "The Memory Keeper's Daughter." A young doctor and his wife have a set of fraternal twins, one of whom has Down's Syndrome. The doctor makes a choice that affects the entire rest of the events and dynamics.

From one of its reviews: "The Memory Keeper’s Daughter explores deception, family secrets, the influence of the past on the present, our tendency to rationalize poor decisions, and the tenuous nature of human connections. . . packs a hefty emotional punch that will keep readers turning the pages."

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