Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sunday Salon: The Traveling Team

Like last Sunday, I am still consumed with trying to accomplish too much before we leave on Wednesday. The good news is that I have managed to cross quite a bit off of my to do list. This does not mean I am not still running around like a chicken with my head cut off, because I certainly am. But things are less overwhelming and that's a good thing. So now I have time to sit down and do the important bit. You know that bit. The one where you determine the traveling team for the road trip. I always get great joy when I ponder which books to pack up and haul with me. I know. I'm weird. But I like me anyway.

So back to the books. I am going to be gone for all of July and the first week and a half of it, I may or may not have much reading time. I have to take the kids to Florida for my daughter's National Dance Competition. When she's not dancing, I will be hanging out at my sister's house hoping that I can sneak in some books. After that we're faced with a three day drive to northern Michigan, where I can relax into my book stash for the rest of the month. So per usual, I am taking a freakishly large amount of books with me. I mean, I hate to be caught without enough to read, not that I won't visit the tiny little independent bookshop up there, because I absolutely will. ::grin::  But variety is important, you know?  Below is what I have on the list so far and it is by necessity much of what I've already listed as my summer reading but I have added a few and subtracted all those I've already managed to read this summer so it's not all old news. Anything else you think I should absolutely not miss?

Taking for sure:

Serenade by Emily Kiebel
Last Night at the Blue Angel by Rebecca Rotert
The Sea Garden by Deborah Lawrenson
Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes
Gravel on the Side of the Road by Kris Radish
Marching to Zion by Mary Glickman
In Between Dreams by Iman Verjee
The Blessings by Elise Juska
Bellman and Black by Diane Setterfield
Juliet's Nurse by Lois Leveen
The Traitor's Wife by Allison Pataki
Gemini by Carol Cassella
We Are Called to Rise by Laura McBride
We Are Not Ourselves by Matthews Thomas
All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner
The Orphans of Race Point by Patry Francis
Ruby by Cynthia Bond
The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Painted Horses by Malcolm Brooks
An Untamed State by Roxane Gay
Til the Well Runs Dry by Lauren Francis-Sharma
Going Somewhere by Brian Benson
The People in the Photo by Helene Gestern
The From-Aways by C.J. Hauser
Chasing Perfect by Susan Mallory
The Way North by Ron Riekki
The Wings of the Dove by Henry James

If I don't finish it in the next three days:

The Geometry of Love by Jessica Levine
Euphoria by Lily King

If it arrives in time (otherwise the hub will have to mail it up to me):

Jane Austen's First Love by Syrie James

So even though I am not yet on vacation, my reading did take me places this past week. I was in Iceland on a remote northern farm with a condemned woman, in St. Louis with a sweet florist whose life seemed to be going a million miles an hour, in London with an Indian immigrant whose body was betraying him, in California with a woman who is questioning her love for her husband and their marriage's viability, in New Guinea with anthropologists trapped in a love triangle, and in New York with an artist torn between an old lover who inspires her and her husband who stifles her talent. Where have you gone on your reading vacations this week?


  1. How long are you going to be gone???? :)
    How about
    Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf. It just came out but it's getting very good feedback!

  2. I love to plan out books apropos for a trip. Make Way for Ducklings for a trip to Boston. Studs Terkel for a Chicago visit.

    Now what shall I take to East Texas for our visit there next week?


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