Monday, January 20, 2014

Vacation Reading List

Time for a vacation.  We'll be hitting the road Thursday evening.  Booked a 1-week cruise out of Texas.  Going with our good friends, Deb and Shevek.  After the cruise, we have another week to road trip - mostly around Louisiana where we have family to visit.  It's been 2 years since we've taken a long vacation.  I'm looking forward to some time off the grid.

With a lot of down time in the car and days at sea comes the need for some serious reading material.   This list is all over the place and could've gone on and on forever.  So here's top 12, in alphabetical order:

Bird by Bird - Anne Lamott:  I've only ever heard amazing things about her writing and this book (about writing) seemed like a good place to start.  But I'm open to other suggestions.  Anybody have an Anne Lamott favorite?  I'd like to know.

Divergent - Veronica Roth:  there's a movie comin' out, y'all.

Fashion 2.0: Blogging Your Way to The Front Row - Yuli Ziv: The blogging world intrigues me. Especially the professional blogging world. Honestly not sure if I could hack it. Always willing to learn more. 

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling:  I know, I'm WAY behind.  I read the first book in preparation for Harry Potter World last summer.  Loved it.  Next please!

In the Fields - Willow Aster:  I love-love-llllllloved this book (remember, this author interview?).  So I'm re-reading it.  Might even finish it before the trip, but it will come with me anyway just in case I bump into Willow in New Orleans.  She'll be there around the same time for NOLA 2014 Author Event.  I desperately want her to sign my copy of the book.

Mindset - Carol S. Dweck:  Because it's about growth and I'm a girl who loves a rut.  Yep.

My Story - Elizabeth Smart:  I remember when this all went down.  Based on the reviews, my expectations are low as far as writing quality.  But it's such an unbelievable story that just so happens to be true, that I HAVE to read it.

The 4-Hour Workweek - Timothy Ferriss:  Steve and I talk about moving to a Caribbean island for part of the year.  I don't think that will ever actually happen, but the ability to be anywhere we want whenever we want is ultimately the goal.  This book may share some insight on how that could work.

The Art of Racing in the Rain - Garth Stein:  A story about humanity from the perspective of dog = brilliant.  This one is for the ride home, as I put less distance between me and my furbabies. 

The Creative Habit - Twyla Tharp:  Good news.  I have come to the conclusion that I am a fairly creative person.  However, my brain is so full of crap, unburying that creativity can seem like an impossible task.  Maybe this book could help me with that.

The Fault in Our Stars - John Green:  They say crying is good for the soul and I don't think I cry enough.  It's going to be an ugly cry, isn't it?  It is. (sigh)

The Opportunist - Tarryn Fisher:  I've met this author too!  And she will also be at the author event in New Orleans.  Even though I can't attend the signing, I'm sort of hoping I can wrangle a autographed copy of this one as well.  I needed something saucy on the reading list and I'm confident this is the right choice.


Anonymous said...

Don't forget about The Mortal Instruments!

Kate said...

My favorite Lamott is Operating Instructions, which is a journal about her son's first year. I loved it so much I got it for my mom for mother's day that year and she loved it too. Bird by Bird is one I go back to all the time, though. She gives great advice about writing and life. Enjoy your vacay!!!

Purple Ivy said...

Very jealous. Enjoy your trip. I haven't read any of those books but the cover of Divergent got me interested. Will def have a look.

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