My vacation reading list
As you read this I hope to be sitting in a lounge chair on a pristine beach reading some good fiction. As much as the Bahamas was not my destination of choice, I realized it would be a great opportunity to get ahead of my 2012 reading goal.
I am currently reading King’s 11/22/63 which is a 3lb heavy, not travel lite.
But I have bookshelves of unread goodies in paperback. Here is what I’m taking, and yes I can usually plow through 3 or 4 books when given hours of free time in the sun.
The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne
This book is my mommy’s book from high school, with her love notes and everything. If I was ever asked to read this book when I was in high school I don’t recall - and there you have my teenage years. It’s about a man who has a daughter through an affair in the 17th century and has to figure out how to push forward with sin and guilt. Juicy. This is Hawthorne’s magnum opus.
I love short stories and this book has been on my shelf for quite some time. I’m still trying to finish The Stories of John Cheever which is 700 pages but it is too big to lug round the beach. Because I’ve had Death in Venice for awhile, it’s hard to tell where I heard about it. Thomas Mann is a German novelist and in 1929 won the Nobel Prize. Mann’s diaries were unsealed in 1975 telling of his struggles with homosexuality which are found in this book where the main character is obsessed with a 14-year-old Polish boy.
Cormac McCarthy always delivers something creepy. I read The Road on the flight to Tahiti and his end of the world images lingered throughout my entire trip.
I bought this book while in NYC at a bookstore Housing Works which is a bookstore frequented by tourists and is staffed 100% by volunteers. All the merchandise ranging from books to music is donated and all proceeds go to help those in need in the New York City area.
I added this book to my list in August 2010. Another one I’m not sure how it got on my shelf but this is a classic. This is the longest book I’m taking so I will probably start it last. I can only hope I’m not trying to finish it when I get home because King’s 11/12/63 has been hard for me to put down!
Tops! Goodreads.com This site lets you share the books you’ve read, are reading, and want to read with friends. A Facebook for readers. You can rate the book, make comments along the way, and update the progress you are making. I love it. If you want to share what your reading with me, check me out of Goodreads.
Rubbish! The Kindles and e-readers. Never gonna do it. Ok maybe I shouldn’t say never, but there is nothing like flipping the pages of a real book, using a book marker to not just mark your place, but to define your reading goal for the night.
"There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it [on Goodreads]." — Bertrand Russell