My idea of a perfect vacation is reading and relaxation. We recently returned from a 10 day trip to Florida with my mom and stepdad. We spent the first part of our trip at a resort in Orlando and the second half at a private cabin on the beach on Captiva Island.
We did the Magic Kingdom deal one day (and my girls LOVED it), but mostly we relaxed. The beach where we stayed was beautiful and isolated and therefore perfect. I am able to relax most with the sounds of the ocean and a book in hand. I know many of you love book recommendations as much as I do, so I want to share with you what I read on my trip. I took five novels and only got through three, but they were all excellent in their own way.
I really can’t recommend The Night Circus enough. I don’t usually delve into novels that dip into fantasy and magic, but Jimmie bought this for me for Christmas and I had heard good things about it. I couldn’t put it down. The story is unlike anything I have ever read, taking fantastical twists and turns along the way. It stretches the imagination. I have heard rumors of a Night Circus movie. Time will tell if the movie can live up to the beauty of this epic novel.
This was a book I picked up on a whim at Barnes and Noble. I frequently don’t read the inside cover or back of a book, instead relying on the reviews of trusted newspapers. So I had absolutely no idea what The Fault in Our Stars was about when I started it. It is basically the story of a teenage cancer patient. Don’t let that description deter you from trying this book out. It’s not the kind of book I typically enjoy, but this was charming and honest. It has sad moments intertwined with great humor. The main character reminded me a bit of a Juno-type character. I loved every page.
Several bloggers I follow recommended The Shoemaker’s Wife. It didn’t disappoint. It is a sweeping novel, telling the story of several memorable characters and crossing continents. This is my kind of book. The main character inspired me to work harder and be more generous. I did feel like the end was stretched out a little longer than I would have liked, but if you like beautiful, romantic, Italian love stories, this book is for you.
Books I took but didn’t get to? The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht and the classic Dune by Frank Herbert. I don’t ever read science fiction, but Jimmie assures me the Dune series is amazing.
What about you? What have you been reading? Have you read any of the books I read on vacation? I rely heavily on book recommendations, and would love your feedback!
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