"You should be embarrassed." This is what my husband said to me when I told him that I was going to post about the books (ahem novels) that I read while we were on vacation. Yeah, well I probably should be... but I'm not. As far as I'm concerned vacations were created for some serious relaxing. Reading The Russian Greats is not my idea of relaxing. I could lie and tell you all that I read Pride and Prejudice, some Tolstoy, or Dostoevsky, but since our relationship is based solely on brutal honesty I have to admit that my list looked something more like Patterson, Giffin, and Evans.
With that being said, here is my reading list.
- Love the One You're With by Emily Giffin. This is the 3rd time I have read this book (I realize I probably shouldn't admit that.) I seriously just can't help myself. I don't know what it is, something about the story line just grabs me every time. I love how the ending turns out (no spoiler alerts here) so I find myself re-reading this whenever I feel the urge for a happy ending. Aka all of the time.
- Eat, Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. Since I'm being honest here I must tell you I didn't read the entire book. I made it through Eat, and about 3/4 of Pray and I simply quit (something I have never done before.) I am not a very religious person and I thought that the "yoga" part of it would be enough to get me through. It wasn't. I realize that most women LOVED this book and I may get my ass kicked here but somehow I just couldn't force myself to make it to the end. Believe me I tried. I may skip ahead to "Love" to see what I'm missing. That or go see the movie.
- Pretty in Plaid by Jen Lancaster. Her books kill me, as does her blog. They are pretty much the equivalent to an Us Weekly which makes them even better.
- Bright Lights, Big Ass by Jen Lancaster. Ditto.
- Mating Rituals of the North American WASP by Lauren Lipton. A few months ago one of my favorite bloggers Melissa C. Morris wrote a review of this novel and recommended it. I downloaded it to my Kindle and never started reading it. I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it either. On the beach it was great. At home I probably wouldn't have gotten that into it.
- I, Alex Cross by James Patterson. Okay, I admit it. I am still a huge Alex Cross fan. You can read these books in about an hour and since the author comes out with one pretty much every other day I see this as a very good thing. They are so cheesy and so predictable and this may be what I love the most.
- The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich. As a Facebook *fanatic* of course I had to read the unauthorized bio about the guys who created my favorite medium of all time. My husband thought this book sucked, I pretty much loved it. The fact that it is based mostly in Boston is pretty cool too. In short I heart you Mark Zuckerberg. You are so the new Steve Jobs.
- Nanny Returns by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus. This is the new follow up to The Nanny Diaries. Great beach book and a cute story. I am a sucker for anything sequel related so I was destined to like this one as well.
- The Loop by Nicholas Evans. On day 8 I ran out of books on my Kindle and found this book in the lending library on the island. 5/8 of the way through I realized that I had read it before about 10 years ago. Not a bad story but if you are going to read anything by this author read The Horse Whisperer and the Smoke Jumper (one of my all time favs.)
So there you have it. 9 books in 8 days. None of them will be winning a Pulitzer anytime soon but they kept me very entertained in my chaise lounge by the sea, and also cost me more than a few hours of missed sleep. Am I embarrassed? Not in the least!