I packed a ton of books for my vacation last week, expecting that I’d read a lot on the plane rides. But both flights left around 6:00 in the morning, so I ended up sleeping more than reading on the planes. Sister and I did take a lot of public transportation in San Francisco, so I tackled a few different books while we were out and about. I had hoped to finish four books, but only ended up getting through about two-and-a-half.
The first book I finished on vacation was The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup, by Susan Orlean. This book is a collection of Orlean’s profiles from various magazines like The New Yorker and Rolling Stone. I got this at a used bookstore just before I left on vacation for $6, which is a great bargain for how much is packed into the book. It’s 292 pages, but the book is larger than most paperbacks, so it took a long time to read. Expect a review up sometime this week.
The second book I finished was The Braindead Megaphone by George Saunders. At first I wasn’t a fan of his essays; after the first one I was afraid the rest were going to get progressively more mean-spirited, but I actually liked the collection a lot. I’m looking forward to writing this review too because I think I can plot how I started to warm up to the book through the different essays. I think that will be fun to write about.
The last book I started, but haven’t quite finished, was I Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloan Crosley. I’d heard a ton of good things about this book before I read it, but didn’t really have too many expectations until I read the blurb on the cover that compared Crosley to David Sedaris, one of my favorite essayists. While she’s not quite a Sedaris, Crosley does have a funny take on being a twenty-something woman trying to get your life together. I relate to that, which is I think why I’m enjoying the collection. I’m hoping to finish this one up sometime this week.
Wow, now that I write that down I realized that all I read while I was away was essay collections. Apparently I have a thing for literary nonfiction. Anyway, that’s what I got to read on vacation, which was awesome.