Our annual trip to the shore is planned for later this year. The preparation is almost as much fun as the trip itself. Almost. Well not all of it but some of it.
The best part is planning which books to take. Each year the beloved husband and I spend time carefully* selecting books.
*This means we are like kids in a candy store or more accurately like me in shoe stores and the beloved husband in guitar stores. We fondle and peruse and wish and finally, after a lot of hours, we buy. It’s a good thing they have cafes or we’d perish for sure!
We download to our Kindles. We spend an afternoon at Barnes and Nobles picking up magazines for easy reading and maybe a book or two. This is a great opportunity to thumb through Seventeen and Architectural Digest. No, I don’t buy either but they balance out the silliness in me.
We beg and borrow from friends and the lending shelves at my gym.
There are a few stores, like Ollie’s, that carry paperbacks for $2 or $3. I always do well there since I am not looking the latest thrillers.
My summer reading has some specific requirements.
Romance — A little bit of romance or some sexual tension is good. Not too much though. I’m not interested in a graphic play-by-play. I know how it’s done. I know how it feels. I just want to know it happened. Plunk, dunk, done deal!
No animal violence at all — It’s ok if a person is killed but absolutely no violence to animals. Kicking a dog will trash the book for me. No, I can’t explain why I think its ok for a person to die but not an animal. I never said I made sense.
Good writing — It’s doesn’t have to be a Pulitzer winning author but I like good writing. A year or two back I read “50 Shades of Gray.” Oy vay! Not only was it poorly written but I didn’t know what half the stuff was. I had to Google some of the “toys.” I considered using the beloved husband’s computer just in case I was ever investigated. I didn’t want any of that stuff in my “recently viewed” info just in case there was an exposé. (Of course this is written by a blogger about a multi-million dollar “author” who sold a hell of a lot of books with bad writing.)
Babe! A good laugh is wonderful medicine. I take a “Janet Evanovich” novel just to giggle. Yep, it’s outrageous and there is a formula but it makes me laugh. There’s also just enough sexual tension to suit me – Joe Morelli or Ranger? What a dilemma! Reminds me of my youth or is it my youth fantasy?
Developed characters — I love stories with character depth. I read Mauve Binchy’s books. Her tales of Ireland and the people were interesting as were Amy Tan’s books. There are many others like that too.
Right now I’m enjoying Nora Ephron’s “Heartburn.” Perhaps she has one I haven’t read for a dollar or two.
The one thing I don’t read on vacation is any sort of self-help book. The only help I need is to be assured there is enough chocolate, the margaritas are cold and I don’t run out of books.
Reading is a great way to spend a vacation. Oh yes, I’ll get down to the beach at some point, eat wonderful seafood and enjoy seeing friends but I look forward to quiet time with my books.
If anyone has suggestions that fits my parameters fire away!