My Book Life on Summer Vacation…

10 Aug

"Here's to books, the cheapest vacation you can buy." Charlaine Harris ~ Vintage Books Photo, May 30 2011 © Traci TESSONE (Photographer, Shop owner. Morris, Illinois). WHIMSY retail boutiqueSummer’s winding down and either you’ve already taken your summer vacation or are planning on going somewhere special soon before the fall kicks in.  Or maybe you are unable to get away, so books are your vacation!

What are some of your favorite reads from the summer?

I seem to have gotten into a summer slump of late, but my latest favorite is “Wonderland Creek,” by Lynn Austin.  Hopefully an upcoming review on that!

Having recently spent a 2 week trip in OH, I thought I’d share my book life while on vacation:

I planned on doing LOTS of catch-up reading, and originally packed tons of books, but realized there wasn’t room in the car, so ditched the ones of lesser importance.  The one fiction book I brought along was, “The Amethyst Heart,” by Penelope J. Stokes (good book!), along with some good self-help books.  Unfortunately, I did not have as much free time as I thought I would, so didn’t finish anything I brought!!  I wish I could read on a car trip, but I get too carsick…

My plan was to attend a huge public library book sale while in OH, but an unforeseen family situation prevented me from that.  Oh well,– there are some things more important than 50 cent paperbacks!

I visited my Aunt E., who has influenced me a lot growing up in the world of books.  She shared some of her latest reads, including the Ellis Peters’ Brother Cadfael mystery series.  She also shared a much-loved dog-eared James Herriot’s Yorkshire by James Herriot and Derry Brabbs.  I wish there had been more time to talk about books!

Disclaimer*- This photo is not of Books In Stock, though it is similar.

I also spent an afternoon at my favorite bookshop.  This place has atmosphere!  I love walking in and being surrounded by long rows and rows of old books.  It’s pretty much an organized mish mash under a low ceiling and fluorescent light, and the place reeks of old book glue and attic smells.  Books are crammed from the carpeting on the floor to the tops of the wooden bookcases, causing you to grab the nearest stepstools to read the titles.  I couldn’t get every book I wanted, so I had to choose carefully.  Finally, after several hours of perusing the place, I choose to get a nicely illustrated and annotated version of “The Wind in the Willows,” by Kenneth Graehme, a book I’ve waited years to get.

Other books I acquired in OH: “The Incredible Patience of God,” by Lane Adams; “The Inheritance,” by Louisa May Alcott.

My grandpa gave back a book he had borrowed from me called, “Hood,” by Stephen Lawhead.  He said he just couldn’t get into it. He was reading his way through Chris Fabry’s “Almost Heaven,” until he found “At Home in Mitford,” by Jan Karon in one of the thrift stores we haunted.  He laughed so much through the first chapter and couldn’t put it down.  “No, I WILL finish my other book first!” I heard him mutter.  But 20 min. later he was back with Mitford.

My vacation was also a time for discovering new titles to add to my To Read Notebook (TRN).  Even if I couldn’t buy them, I at least have new books to dream of ordering through my local library system (magic!).  I spent 4 hours at the Wooster Public Library in downtown Wooster, OH.  What a library!  I love all of the nice things they have to offer, including a large magazine section, a winding staircase, red plush carpet, an extensive genealogy reference room, and many many aisles of books!  I was only able to browse the fiction section alphabetically from A through M in that amount of time.   I suppose a second trip will have to finish M-Z!

Here are some of my exciting title discoveries from the trip, although I can’t personally recommend them because I haven’t read them yet:

The Kidnapping of Aaron Greene, by Terry Kay

Mirror Mirror, by Gregory Maguire

The Ballad of Tom Dooley by Sharyn McCrumbThe Ballad of Tom Dooley, by Sharyn McCrumb

The Songcatcher, by Sharyn McCrumb

Masquerade, by Nancy Moser

The Trophy Wives Club, by Kristin Billerbeck

Back to Life, by Kristin Billerbeck

The Heirs of Cahira O’Connor Series, by Angela Elwell Hunt

The Kingdom of Ohio, by Matthew Flaming

The Man Behind the Iron Mask, by John Noone (non-f)

The Peveral Papers, by Flora Thompson

Legion of Honor, by David Horton

The Sign of the Cross, by David Horton

Daniel Knox Series, by Will Adams

Lost Loves of the Bible Series, by Ginger Garrett

Time’s Tapestry Series, by Stephen Baxter

An Assembly Such as This by Pamela AidanFitzwilliam Darcy, by Gentleman Trilogy, by Pamela Aidan

The Locket, by Richard Paul Evans

Promise Me, by Richard Paul Evans

From a House to a Home, by Jemima Mills (non-f)

The Awakening, by Angela Elwell Hunt

Romancing Miss Bronte, by Juliet Gael

I guess just browsing a library is vacation to me!

Care to share your vacation with books?


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