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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

books for the beach.

...despite the fact that the last Harry Potter volume is due out the day we leave for the beach and Karen and Jillian have volunteered to camp out on line at midnight to ensure we all have our own copies to read. and that my "unread" stack of books has overflowed from the nightstand to the bookshelf (and is about to overtake another shelf). I continue to buy books. I love the whole process of shopping for books - maybe because there's a Barnes & Noble pretty close to home that's staffed with nice, helpful people and a Starbucks. And of course I have the beach week coming up next month - and some measure of the week's relaxation is how many inches of books I read. Karen usually wins that contest (and maybe Jill is a front-runner this year?) but I try to put up a good showing. There are two things I dread running out of that week - books and wine. So we've also made a tradition of Sundog Books in Seaside and I was thrilled when a wine bar opened up in Rosemary Beach...walking distance!

Anyway - I've been thinking about what to bring in addition to the Harry Potter and Julia's Chocolates for bookclub.

I really enjoy books that have a series. Where you can follow a character over time. Read reviews just recently about Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs series (#4 is just out in paperback) and Lee Child's Jack Reacher novels (#11 is out in hardback this week). The Lee Child was completely new news to me, but I know I read a Maisie Dobbs novel - maybe a few years ago at the beach? It must've been Karen's book because I don't have it. Maisie Dobbs is "an intelligent, intuitive young London maid who went to France [during WWI] as a war nurse." The novel I remember was set in early 1920's London and was delightful. "Jack Reacher is a muscular 6-feet-5, has no address, no belongings, no social adhesions..." [sounds a little like Magnum P.I. - a good thing for me!] {quotes courtesy of the AJC}

So maybe the the four Maisie Dobbs, maybe the first one or two Jack Reachers. And to be sure I have some mental stimulation something by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Pete Hamill, Don DeLillo and/or Paul Auster.

A sampling of my unread pile - if anyone has recommendations, please comment!

Reading Lolita in Tehran, Azar Nafisi
Goodnight Nobody, Jennifer Weiner
Children of Men, PD James (actually, I read this years ago, remember liking, and need to re-read in case I see the movie...Clive Owens' picture on the cover is probably enough to justify bringing this one!)
The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion
In Country, Bobbie Ann Mason
The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien
The Devil in the White City, Erik Larson
House of Sand and Fog, Andre Dubus II

Also - I did buy the bold brights watercolor crayons from Stampin Up. Just arrived yesterday and I'm looking forward to trying them...probably this weekend. And the hat is for every day. Well, maybe not every day, but certainly not just for special occasions. Expect to see me wearing it "around"!

...and in closing, the mandevilla - just now - I love how the colors have deepened:



Blogger Lydia said...

The book list looks great- read "Things They Carried" for my Vietnam History class- made me cry. I have a stack to try to get through plus all you gave me, plus the 8 I've made a note of that I want to read and/or buy. So many books, so little time!

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