Friday, June 3, 2011

Choosing My Sun & Rain Dappled Vaca Books

If you are reading this anytime between now (4:30 a.m.) and 2:00 E.S.T., then I am up in the air, or on my way to, from or waiting at an airport.  I haven't had a real, week-long, go somewhere vacation since 2008.  However, since I got married recently, and since my husband and I are unlikely to take another vacation for another three years (I'm really jealous of the European viewpoint on taking time off from work), we decided to splurge on a trip to St. Martin-St Maarten.  It's our belated honeymoon.

So. Freaking. Excited

However, there is some small concern over the weather, for as pretty as these pictures are, the fine lads and lassies at The Weather Channel are painting one Sad Mac of a pic:

Rain and storm clouds were SO not part of my deal, but eh, c'est la vie! This is why we are readers, no?  At least we always have something to occupy our minds with.  So, in anticipation of a long flight and possible time inside (it's a honeymoon, I know.  This is for 'otherwise', you smutty smuts ;), I have compiled the following for my reading pleasure:

Saltwater Vampires by Kirsty Eagar: "'He looked to the sky, praying for rain, a downpour, some sign from the heavens that he should refuse the abomination contained in that flask. But all he saw was the bloated white face of the moon smiling down on him … And the sky around it was cold and clear and black … They made their circle of blood. And only the moon witnessed the slaughter that followed.'  For Jamie Mackie, summer holidays in the coastal town of Rocky Head mean surfing, making money, and good times at the local music festival. But this year, vampires are on the festival’s line-up … fulfilling a pact made on the wreck of the Batavia, four hundred years ago. If their plans succeed, nobody in Rocky Head will survive to see out the new year. Page-turning and suspenseful, Saltwater Vampires is a distinctly Australian vampire thriller."  I've had this one for a while, and what better book to read by the beach?

Don't Stop Now by Julie Halpern: "On the first day of Lillian’s summer-before-college, she gets a message on her cell from her sort-of friend, Penny. Not only has Penny faked her own kidnapping, but Lil is the only one who figures it out. She knows that Penny’s home life has been rough, and that her boyfriend may be abusive. Soon, Penny’s family, the local police, and even the FBI are grilling Lil, and she decides to head out to Oregon, where Penny has mentioned an acquaintance. And who better to road-trip across the country with than Lil’s BFF, Josh. But here’s the thing: Lil loves Josh. And Josh doesn’t want to “ruin” their amazing friendship.  Josh has a car and his dad’s credit card. Lil has her cellphone and a hunch about where Penny is hiding. There’s something else she needs to find: Are she and Josh meant to be together?"  Excited about this one - releases on 06.07.2011!

Dreamland Social Club by Tara Altebrando: "Colorful characters, beautiful writing, and a vibrant, embattled beachfront backdrop make this the perfect summer read for anyone who has ever tried to find true love or a place to call home. Jane has traveled the world with her father and twin brother, but it's not until her fractured family–still silently suffering from the loss of Jane's mother many years before–inherits a house and a history in Coney Island that she finally begins to find a home. With the help of a new community of friends, a mermaid's secrets, and a tattooed love interest with traffic-stopping good looks, the once plain Jane begins to blossom and gains the courage to explore the secrets of her mother's past." I won this one through LibraryThing FirstReads and never got the chance to read it yet!

The Pull of Gravity by Gae Polisner: "While Nick Gardner’s family is falling apart, his best friend, Scooter, is dying from a freak disease. The Scoot’s final wish is that Nick and their quirky classmate, Jaycee Amato, deliver a prized first-edition copy of Of Mice and Men to the Scoot’s father. There’s just one problem: the Scoot’s father walked out years ago and hasn’t been heard from since. So, guided by Steinbeck’s life lessons, and with only the vaguest of plans, Nick and Jaycee set off to find him.Characters you’ll want to become friends with and a narrative voice that sparkles with wit make this a truly original coming-of-age story."  Had a great interview with Gae back in April, so I've been looking forward to this one for a while!  This one just released in May.

Vaclav & Lena by Haley Tanner: "Set in New York's Russian émigré community, Vaclav & Lena is a timeless love story from a stunningly gifted young novelist. Vaclav and Lena, both the children of Russian émigrés, are at the same time from radically different worlds. While Vaclav's burgeoning love of performing magic is indulged by hard-working parents pursuing the American dream, troubled orphan Lena is caught in a domestic situation no child should suffer through. Taken in as one of her own by Vaclav's big-hearted mother, Lena might finally be able to blossom; in the naive young magician's eyes, she is destined to be his "faithful assistant"...but after a horrific discovery, the two are ripped apart without even a goodbye. Years later, they meet again. But will their past once more conspire to keep them apart?"  Okay, not exactly a light vaca read, but it DOES sounds like a powerful read - I feel like I'm going to cry reading this!

Obvisouly, I doubt I'll get through all of these, espescially if it doesn't rain (do an 'anti-rain' dance for me, kay?).  But I'm not going to lie - part of me is an insty bit excited at the idea of having leisure reading time for once!


  1. Nice choice of books and vacay! How exciting. Hope you have an awesome time!

  2. Ahhhhhhh! I'm so excited for you! Have a great trip. And I'm sure you will get a lot of reading done... *wink, wink*

  3. It is NOT going to rain on your vacation! You know how it is in the islands. A storm blows in and blows right out. Long enough for the typical honeymoon behavior and then out to the beach or the pool. Just be careful of the French side of the island, Oriental Beach I think. Nude beach. The ones that are nude are the ones you don't EVER want to see nude. You don't even want to see them in a speedo!!! Thank God I have boys when we were there! *shudder* They walk down the non nude part of the beach!

    But man was the water beautiful and if you find a face mask, that's my son's! LOL! Take lots of pictures and do all the touristy things like parasailing and jet skis. And yeah, read if you want. No raining!!!