Thursday, March 6, 2014

Decisions, Decisions

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
  • OR
  • 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!


  1. Defintely take time from reading to snorkel! It is my NEW favorite pastime. If only I lived closer to the equator so I could do it more often!
    Happy reading and swimming!!

  2. You've got some good titles here! I like the escape I find in Koontz's Odd Thomas and Christopher Moore always cracks me up. Lee Child, I haven't read in a while, set in Appalachia? I have Mr. Penumbra's on my to-read shelf, sounds like a perfect vacation read. I hope you'll keep us posted.

  3. I love that I'm not the only one who packs like this! It's easier now that I have an eReader, but I've been there! Happy packing & safe travels!

  4. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie is the only book on your list that I've read, and I did like it very much. I loved Agatha Christie when I was younger, but haven't read any of her books in ages. Good luck with your decision, and have a fabulous time in Mexico!

  5. Great titles! Definitely don't forget the bathing suit! Nothing better than a good book and great margarita poolside! :) Have a blast!