A week long trip is in my future. Cabos San Lucas, Mexico in the Baja Peninsula, where I'll be snorkeling, birding, eating and reading. As I contemplate my trip, I feel elation and excitement and at the same time, a sudden tightness in my chest.
What books will I bring? This week is my time to read anything that I want too. I can't choose!
I walk determinedly downstairs to my spare bedroom and I look wide-eyed and overwhelmed at my bookshelf. I pull some of my favorite authors off the shelf and put some back. Hmmmmm. I do this countless times. Arguing with myself, this one is too serious, too scary, not this one. I want something fun and mindless and adult. My self imposed book rules for this vacation are, no professional books and no elementary school novels.
Okay, at last, here are the nominees for vacation reads.
I'm down to eight books. Yikes, that will make for a heavy suitcase. I call my friend and he's no help. He tells me, you need to get an ereader. Oh boy, no time and I'm still on the fence about them. That means its up to me. I decide I need to bring three books, because I do not want to be at the airport on the way home with no book! It's now three weeks later, and I still haven't decided which three books will get the privilege of going with me to Mexico.
- Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
- A Caribbean Mystery by Agatha Christie
- The Hard Way by Lee Child
- Island of the Sequined Love Nun by Christopher Moore
- They Did It with Love by Kate Morgenroth
- The Racketeer by John Grisham
- Odd Apocalypse by Dean Koontz
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Oh… and maybe I should throw in a swimming suit and some sunscreen!