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Vacation Books

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As I mentioned before, I’m anticipating picking out which books to bring along to our Labor Day weekend vacation.  Miraculously, The Hubs decided on City of Thieves by David Benioff and The Amber Room by Steve Berry (a standalone instead of the Cotton Malone series, which he abandoned).  Going away for Labor Day has a feeling that’s unique to other vacations.  ShortMan has been a participant in this extended family/friends escapade his entire life, and I began attending in 2001, when it became obvious that I was the future wife.  My first year, I was still a student, so I was focused on completing my first journalism assignment.  Ever since then, there are certain books that accompanied me on these trips that evoke that particular Labor Day feeling and make me think fondly of our annual trip.  I can only remember back so far, but here are books that make me fondly remember the holiday weekend:

2007: I read Ursula, Under by Ingrid Hill.  While at the flea market, I acquired The Secret Life of Bees and The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd.

2008: I read The Source by James Michener.  I purchased a copy of Nicholas and Alexandra during my first visit to Castle Arkdale, which began my obsession with the Romanovs and made me a huge fan of Robert K. Massie.

2009: I finished Break by Hannah Moskowitz on the car ride there, then read the underwhelming The Widow’s Season by Laura Brodie.

2010: Another car-ride completion was To the End of the Land by David Grossman, which I threw on the passenger side floor in disgust upon finishing it.  Then I read Ape House by Sarah Gruen.

2011: I read A Thousand Lives by Julia Scheeres and people looked at me funny for reading such a morbid topic (Jonestown).

Another fond vacation memory I have from a few years back is sitting on the shores of Lake Superior in UP Michigan reading Ken Follett and The Child Thief. Uncle Tom’s Cabin reminds me of Vegas (incongruous and WRONG). Do you have any books that remind you of a particular vacation or destination?

Author: Julie Merilatt

I live in a Chicago suburb with my husband and a house full of books. Book collecting, reading, and reviewing consume my life. I have a special affinity for all things Alice in Wonderland. I began my education at Carthage College, wanting to be an English teacher. Eventually I decided that Carthage and I weren’t a good fit anymore, so I transferred to North Park University, where I realized I didn’t want to be a teacher. So I finished my education with a degree in English with a writing concentration. I was always a voracious reader and wrote my first review in April 2007. I don’t remember why exactly I decided to write a review, only that I had just finished The Agony and the Ecstasy and had a strong feeling that I needed to express how I felt about it. This inspired me to write reviews about each book I wrote and after posting on Amazon for two years, I was invited into the Amazon Vine program. I am also an active reviewer/member of Goodreads and enjoy being an active member of the online book community.

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