As soon as I realized we would be spending 10 days at the lake cottage, I began to scour my book list for the perfect vacation reads. My library allows me to keep a “wish list,” which has about 50 titles I’ve marked. Bloggers generally give reliable book recommendations, so that’s how I find most books. I ended up finishing three books in a week, which is a rarity. Mostly I read during naptimes and each night before bed, and I noticed I started sleeping better too. I’m trying to carry that over, now that we’re back home. It really starts by having a book available to pick up. The worst part of reading is finishing a really good book and not knowing what to pick up next. That’s part of why I post here, so maybe you can find a good book the way I have been able to online. Happy reading!
This was my favorite, favorite book of the trip. I choose it after enjoying Eleanor & Park . I loved Attachments even more, possibly because I was it is set in the 90s, whereas Eleanor & Park is in the 80s. Some of E&P’s cultural references weren’t as nostalgic for me. I couldn’t put Attachments down.
I bought The Nesting Place for my mom on Mother’s Day, since she has recently started reading The Nesting Place blog. I was excited to borrow her copy while I was visiting, and I read little snippets throughout our trip. It was a genuine, honest, and lovely call to embrace the home you are in. My favorite chapter was called “Signs of Life: The Gift of Messes, Mistakes, and Other Beautiful Imperfections.” Myquillyn writes about a combination of contentment and improvement. If you’re on Instagram, you should check out her hashtag #idhtbptbb (It Doesn’t Have To Be Perfect To Be Beautiful). It’s fun!
John Green is a local Indianapolis author, who you probably know from the best-seller, The Fault in Our Stars, which was compelling and thought-provoking. I decided to check out some of his earlier novels (plus, they didn’t have huge waiting lists at my library) and ended up with An Abundance of Katherines. Unfortunately, after about 100 pages, I still wasn’t into the storyline surrounding Colin, a child prodigy. So, I cut my losses and quit. Surprisingly, quitting mediocre books is getting easier with practice!
Beautiful Ruins has been getting good reviews for over a year, but it’s taken me awhile to decide to try it out. Vacation was the perfect time, because the book weaves together stories of 6 main characters. This means the first half dozen chapters introduce you to the backstory of each character. You have to get over this hump to feel immersed in the story, BUT the end is worth it when each plotline gets woven together. Good beach book!
I requested Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster for my husband to read on vacation. His review: “It was really good. Thumbs up.” He finished it in record time, filling me in on all the highlights. That’s a high recommendation from him!