Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Gettin' My Read On

A while back I asked for reading suggestions for my upcoming vacation. I got a few comments, and a couple more suggestions via Twitter and email. For those of you looking for some reading recommendations, here's a list of what I got:
  

So what am I taking with me?

Well, I decided to check out the Thursday Next series before leaving town to see whether I'd like it. I devoured the first two books in the series, so I'm definitely bringing the third installment, The Well of Lost Plots. So far the books have been fun and funny - perfect beach reading, I think.


I think I'd already mentioned that I planned to take The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot with me, since the author is speaking at a conference I'm attending in May, and I really want to read it before then. Several people have told me how good it is; I'm just hoping that it's not too "heavy" for vacation reading.


Lastly, I'm going out on a limb and choosing something that no one recommended: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender. I've had a soft spot for magical realism ever since my senior year of high school, when I took AP Spanish Literature and fell in love with the writing of Gabriel García Márquez. This book follows a girl who can taste the emotions of the people who prepare her food. Based on this NPR review, it sounds like an interesting combination of magical realism and a Ruth Reichl book, which would be right up my alley.


So there you have it - my three selections. I'm going to tuck the other recommendations away for later, and I'll be sure to report back on how appropriate each of these was for beach reading!

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