Vacation Non-Reading and Some Recent Acquisitions

I am slowly getting back into reading again. About three weeks ago I went down to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for a little fun in the sun. Apparently that fun in the sun didn’t include reading any books. Four of them had a round trip ticket from New York to Florida and escaped being opened once, which really surprised me. Not reading while I was there isn’t as surprising as not reading on the plane. I was really into crossword puzzles and solitaire on both flights. I was even able to resist buying a book at an airport bookstore. Someone feel my forehead.

Along for the ride were: Impatient With Desire, by Gabrielle Burton, Picking Bones From Ash: A Novel, by Marie Matsuko Mockett, Mystic River, by Dennis Lehane, and West of Here, by Jonathan Evison. I have since finished Picking Bones from Ash for the BOOK Club discussion that took place here yesterday.

While I was away, a number of books came to me.  Most of which  I am really looking forward to reading.

  • Hail to the Chef (A White House Chef Mystery), by Julie Hyzy
  • The Beauty of Humanity Movement, by Camilla Gibb – I really liked Sweetness in the Belly, by Camilla Gibb.  It was one of the books that I was reading in Italy back in 2008 when I started my blog so this one has an element of homecoming to it.
  • Madre: Perilous Journeys With A Spanish Noun, by Liza Bakewell
  • Prophecy, by S.J. Parris – Historical fiction. Always a plus.
  • Amaryllis in Blueberry, by Christina Meldrum – This is a book club pick for later this year that I have heard a lot about.
  • 13 Rue Therese: A Novel, by Elena Mauli Shapiro – A Reagan Arthur Book, I have been working my way through these for the perpetual Reagan Arthur Books Challenge hosted by Kathy and Julie.  I have really enjoyed the ones I have read so far, so I am looking forward to this one.
  • When Tito Loved Clara, by Jon Michaud
  • Sherry and Narcotics, by Nina-Marie Gardner
  • The Promises She Keeps, by Erin Healey – I first read Erin Healey last year and mostly enjoyed her supernatural Christian fiction Never Let You Go, though it wrapped up a bit too neatly for me at the end. But, I’m back for another round.
  • Something for Nothing, by David Anthony
  • New Self, New World: Recovering Our Senses in the Twenty-First Century, by Philip Shephard
  • What You See in the Dark, by Manuel Munoz
  • Cleaning Nabokov’s House, by Leslie Daniels – Jen and I mentioned this one awhile back on our preview of classic related retelling on the What’s Old is New Podcast.
  • The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson: A Novel, by Jerome Charyn – We mentioned this one too.  I think.

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