Happy, happy Sunday and first day of spring to everyone! After about 2 straight weeks of snot, sneezing, sore throat, achiness and generally crappy health, and a winter characterized by brief periods of health bookended by various bouts with disease, I am headed tonight to Florida for a 10 day vacation [insert much rejoicing.]
My stepdaughter and I are headed to Sanibel Island, Florida, in my humble opinion, the very best place in Florida to go, where we will hang out with my mom and dad, to be joined later in the week by my husband, and then my sister, husband and her nieces, and my husband’s sister and her husband. Great family time and…shells. Lots and lots of shells. Beach. Sun. Sea. Swimming pool. And of course, beach books.
As Melody at Fingers & Prose understands, deciding what books to pack can be, well, difficult. I know I’m taking an Iris Murdoch novel I just bought, The Sea, the sea (it seems appropriate and I’ve never read Iris Murdoch). Here’s the long list of other possibilities, depending, of course, on suitcase space. Feel free to make your own recommendations, but make them quickly. The plane leaves at 8:25 pm.
Quite A Year for Plums, Bailey White
Tears of Pearl, Tasha Alexander
Heads You Lose, Lisa Lutz and David Hayward
South of Superior, Ellen Airgood
13 Rue Therese, Elena Mauli Shapiro
Alice Bliss, Laura Harrington
The Beauty of Humanity Movement, Camilla Gibb
Amaryllis in Blueberry, Christina Meldrum
Mice, Gordon Reece
The Winter Queen, Boris Akunin
The Lacuna, Barbara Kingsolver
Beautiful Verses, Kamila Shamsie
Obviously, not all of these can go. What to do, what to do? Also, I need to re-read Olive Kitteridge because when I get back one of my book groups will be discussing it and there’s a long-standing debate about the book that will be resolved, one way or the other. As my friend (whose on the other side of this debate) has said, she’s turning down pages! Them’s fighting words! Stay tuned when I get back for an update on the subject of this debate (hint: it has to do with Olive and her son) and who wins.
Also stay tuned hopefully for many reviews after all the books I have ample time to read on the beach, dependent, of course, upon the demands of stepdaughters, husbands, parents, sisters, nieces, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. And also of course, the draw of beer and food and shells and sand castles and sunsets and bird-watching and generally lying about.
Unless I find time (and decent enough internet access) to post from the beach, I’ll be back for April Fools. Enjoy the first day of spring, everyone!