Working Vacation

Me and Carolyn (double-nominated for the RITA; boo-ya!) at the RITA Awards:

So by now you are all pretty well aware that most of the Riskies went to Orlando for our National Conference.

This one features me, Carolyn and frequent Risky visitor Keira:

And me and Amanda (also nominated for the RITAs; do Riskies know how to represent, or what?)

Okay, so I cannot format a post to save my life. Whatever.

I am not here to talk about what happened last week, however, but what is about to happen tomorrow: My son and I head off for Minnesota for our annual two-week sojourn. Him to take sailing lessons, me to work and hang out by myself in a super-clean house (thanks, Aunt Mary!). So, of course, the most pressing and interesting part of packing is not what clothes to bring (my colors for this trip are black, brown and pink, if you’re wondering; in Orlando they were black and green), but what books to pack.

Two weeks! Free time! So much to read!

So here is what I’m thinking about:

Last week, Amanda recommended a book called Lulu Meets God and Doubts Him; it’s a contemporary book featuring a New York woman working in an art gallery (the title of the book is a painting the heroine sees). She said the writing reminded her of my writing, and it’s all witty and stuff.

I also heard that Elizabeth PetersAmelia Peabody mystery series was witty and wryly clever (like me!), so I got Crocodile On The Sandbank, the first book in the series.

I’ve got Ann Aguirre‘s Grimspace, a gritty SF/fantasy thingy that kinda defies description. Carolyn and I got to hang out with Ann a bit last week, and that spurs me to pick up her books, long on my bedside table.

Then there’s Loretta Chase‘s Last Night’s Scandal. Sigh. I’ve heard it’s great, and that’s no surprise, since Loretta is just such an incredible writer. Victorian-set (thanks to Myretta Robens for correcting me!), one of the few straight historicals I’m taking with me. I’m finding my taste right now is veering towards urban fantasy and paranormal. Although I also have . . .

Elizabeth Hoyt‘s Wicked Intentions, Georgian-set, I think, so there is another straight historical in the suitcase. I love Hoyt’s delicious prose, her characters are distinctive and spirited, but not annoyingly so.

And I’ve got the 12th book in Jim Butcher‘s Dresden Files series, Changes. I love Harry Dresden. Not only that, Butcher has improved with each book, which is really remarkable, given how long the series has gone on. This one is urban detective fantasy, I guess. There are wizards and witches and vampires and stuff. Set in Chicago.

Meljean Brook‘s Demon Blood is also on the bedside table. Meljean writes complex, compelling books that require your full attention, so are perfect for vacations when you’re not likely to get too distracted.

None of these are definitely going into the bag, I won’t make the Final Decision until tomorrow. Plus, I also have to carry the books with me, since my checked luggage is already quite heavy, since my son and I are packing together. But I know that a few sore muscles are well worth having the perfect book while away, so I’ll likely pack too many and suffer (THREE of these are hardcovers, too! I kinda hate hardcovers). Seven books, two weeks. Think I better visit the TBR pile again; that might not be enough.

What’s been your favorite summer read so far? How many genres do you regularly read in?


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Jane Austen
12 years ago

I try to read something from every genre because I am a librarian and I think it’s important to make sure I can relate to my patrons. Not that I have any patrons because I am unemployed. 🙁

I recently read some great chick lit books. The Icing on the Cupcake by Jennifer Ross was great and not your normal chick lit. Also the amazing cupcake recipes it comes with especially the Margarita with Tequila Lime frosting recipes is totally worth the price of the book. Also it has an interesting ending which totally fits and is not chick lit like.

I also read A Total Waste of Make-Up which had me laughing my ass off at almost everything. Very witting. It was similar to another book I had read called Perfect on Paper (The Mis Adventures of Waverly Bryson). Waverly and Charlie both have great little witticisms that open up each chapter or are embedded in a chapter and they are a joy to read.

I also read By Invitation Only and really enjoyed it as well. Nice little catering novel taking place in the Hamptons.

Amy Kathryn
Amy Kathryn
12 years ago

At the moment I am reading historicals and contemporaries. I just came off a major paranormal spurt so am a little burned out on that genre.

I just started the Amelia Peabody mysteries since a blogger mentioned that they were in many ways similar to the Gail Carriger Soulless novels. I am enjoying them.

I liked Cara Elliot’s Circle of Sin books (thanks for pointing me to them from her visits to this blog) and also Carla Kelly’s sister/military husband series.

Enjoy your two weeks!

Jane Austen
12 years ago

The Amelia Peabody mysteries are wonderful and the series really holds up. Although I think the 27th in the series does start to get a little redundant. I read them all back to back to back etc. I hope you enjoy them all.

Megan Frampton
12 years ago

I am reading Peabody because of the similarity to Carriger, and boy, is it similar! Except for the whole paranormal element, which is a big caveat. But the voice is very, very similar.

Only a third of the way through the first one, though.

Diane Gaston
12 years ago

I’m reading Mary Blayney’s Courtesan’s Kiss. I love Mary’s books!
How’s this for a suggestion? The Patterns of Paper Monsters by Emma Rathbone, debut author
Here are some review quotes: “A contemporary Holden Caulfield does time in a juvy center in Rathbone’s singular debut” “There is a new and seductive electricity in the voice of Emma Rathbone’s brilliant young narrator, Jake Higgins. Listen to him! Unafraid, unsentimental, and destructively smart, The Patterns of Paper Monsters masterfully turns sadness into ecstatic, shocking laughter.”
Emma Rathbone was my daughter’s best friend in high school! I’m so proud of her!

And, Megan, as to your dilemma of having to carry so many books….KINDLE….I’m just saying…
Have a GREAT trip!

12 years ago

I read just about everything except erotica.
Summer really isn’t a good time to read because things get so scattered. I tend to read Harlequin Historicals and Intrigues. I also grab anthologies. I just don’t want to start a book that is going to take any concentration. Just fun stuff I can enjoy. Right now I am reading an anthology, GIVE ME A TEXAS RANGER with stories by Jodi Thomas, Linda Broday, Phyliss Miranda, and DeWanna Pace. I have enjoyed the stories I have finished.
I always pack too many books on our trips, then end up buying more when I am out and reading those instead of the ones I take.
Hope you have a great trip.

Michelle Styles
12 years ago

I love Elizabeth Peters and have done since high school! She also writes gothic as Barbara Micheals. The Barbara Micheals always had much more of a paranormal element. And she writes nonfiction archelogical books under her own name.

It was wonderful meeting you after the ritas, Megan.

12 years ago

For my adventures and excursions I like to take train rides, scenic railways … mystery dinner trains. Something different.

dining room table
12 years ago

I think I already read all those wonderful novels. For me those novels are one of most amazing novel I ever read. I love their unique stories.

Keira Soleore
12 years ago

Megan, I adore the Amelia Peabody series. I’m on book 3 right now. I guarantee you’ll love her.

Loretta Chase is on my TBR. Perhaps next. And after that Diane’s recommendation, the Mary Blayney (picked up a signed copy at the Lit Sign).

12 years ago


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