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Wow, I got a lot of reading done here this week: After The Creation of Eve, I read another review copy: 31 Bond Street, by Ellen Horan. After that I read Hester, by Paula Reed, a book I won through LTER but never received, so I borrowed my copy from the library. Now I’m reading Margaret Oliphant’s Miss Marjoribanks. All of these books, with the exception of Hester, I enjoyed very much.

I suspect that I’m not the only one who’s been affected by the rainstorms we’ve been having here—the power went out for six hours yesterday, and since there was really nothing else to do, I sat and read for most of that time. Therefore, I got a good chunk of Miss Marjoribanks read in the afternoon, by flashlight. Today it’s still be wet out, but not to the extent that it was yesterday. Still, since we live in a valley, there’s a huge pool of water on our corner!

Up this week I have a few more review copies I have to read for this month and next, and then I’m going on vacation, so I need a few books to read while I’m away. I’m going to be in Arizona for a few days at the end of the month, and I was thinking about bringing one of Mary Stewart’s books, and I’ve been saving The Expendable Man, a classic suspense novel set in Arizona, about a young doctor who’s accused of the murder of a teenaged hitchhiker. Don’t know what else I’ll take, but oddly enough I’m in the mood for mysteries. What books do you bring on vacation? Does where you go influence what genres you pack to take along?

Comments

Misfit said…
I hadn't heard of that one by Mary Stewart, thanks for the mention. Anya Seton's got one set in AZ called Foxfire. Not her best but if you like stories set around the old mining country you might enjoy it.
Danielle said…
It's been so long since I've been on vacation--I've forgotten what they're like. I tend to like to take quick reads--thrillers and the like. I am reading 31 Bond Street at the moment and am really enjoying it--I'm looking forward to your review!
Pour of Tor said…
Your post reminds me that I started to read Miss Marjoribanks several years ago with a couple of friends, and then we all ran out of steam on it. But it began so well! I really need to pick it up again.

I look forward to hearing what you make of it!
Kathleen said…
I take whatever suits my fancy at the time on vacation with me. This has led to some interesting choices like heavy non-fiction books about terrorism that ended up in Hawaii with me but I just have to go with my mood! Good luck making your selections for your upcoming trip. Sounds like you will have a break from the rain in Arizona!

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