Ahh, picking vacation reads. Is there anything more awesome than that?
I’m heading up to my family’s cabin to celebrate the 4th of July this weekend, and so of course I spent a long time deciding what books to bring. I haven’t packed clothes or food or other necessities, but I have my books and booze already set aside. Responsibility, thy name is Kim.
I initially planned to bring only fiction, but after doing some palate cleansing I decided to mix things up and bring a little of everything. Here’s what I have in my bag so far (because you KNOW I’m going to add more before I leave):
- The Help by Katharyn Stockett, which is one of the books my sister and I chose for our sister’s book club. We’re reading this one first
- The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perotta, because everyone has been so excited about his book that was being distributed at BEA, The Leftovers, and I’m curious about the hype. Election didn’t rock my socks, but this one might.
- The Sweetness of Tears by Nafisa Haji, which I got as a review copy from Morrow Paperbacks. Now I can’t remember why I accepted it, but it looks like good beach reading.
- How to Buy a Love of Reading by Tanya Egan Gibson, which I picked up at one of my trips to our local Borders’ store closing sale.
- The Girls of Murder City by Douglas Perry because who doesn’t want to read about Chicago and murder on vacation?
- Up for Renewal: What Magazines Taught Me about Love, Sex, and Starting Over by Cathy Alter because Meg (Write Meg!) recommended it as a great example of a “change your life in a year” memoir, which I am hopelessly addicted to. I need a better nickname for these books — any help?
- The Accidental Adult by Colin Sokolowski because I wanted another nonfiction book for the list, and vacation seems like a good time to read about why being a grown up sucks 🙂
Seven books for a 3.5 day vacation? That’s not excessive at all… And I definitely won’t be adding any books to that list while I continue packing…
Any book I should get to first? Any favorites on the list you want me to read? Ideas for a catchy word or phrase so I can stop writing “change your life in a year” memoir every single time I read one… which is all the time?