Friday, October 09, 2009

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, A Houseboatin' I Go


In Arizona, we have this little thing called October Break. It used to be very little - just a couple days off school. This year, the kids have a whole week of vacation. Our week on our houseboat (a timeshare kind of thing) very conveniently coincides with October Break this year, so we're headed off to Lake Powell for some R & R. I'll be offline, with nothing prepared to auto-post in my absence. If you need to contact me, try smoke signals. Hee hee.

We all know the most important part of taking a trip is planning which books to bring along. This is especially critical when houseboating since there's no access to Border's out on the lake. Thus, you have to choose wisely. I wanted a mix of "beachy" reads and more serious books, but I ended up picking these:

A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly - I'm about a third of the way through this one. So far, I'm really, really liking it.

Hush by Jacqueline Woodson - I'm loving Woodson these days, so I want to read all her books. I've had this one out from the library for about a month. About time I got to it.

Palace of Mirrors by Margaret Peterson Haddix - I love me some Haddix. All of the books I've read by her so far have been more the sci fi/adventure/thriller type - this one should be an entertaining departure. I'm reading it as part of my volunteer work for my kids' elementary school.

The Weight of Heaven by Thrity Umrigar - My contact at Harper Collins sent me this ARC. I've heard lots about Umrigar, but have yet to experience her work for myself. We'll see if I get to it.

One Lost Boy: His Escape from Polygamy by David Beagley - I got this one from Cedar Fort. It's a slim memoir about a boy whose father abandons his family to pursue life as a polygamist. Polygamy always seems to be a hot topic, especially among Mormon-haters. Beagley is an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the mainstream church, members of which have not practiced polygamy in over 100 years) - it will be interesting to read his perspective.

I know, I know - the list is eclectic and not exactly light beach reading. I don't usually care for that kind of fluff anyway. Who knows if I'll get to one book, let alone five, but you know I'm going to pack them all - just in case. Hope y'all have a good week - I'll catch up with you when I return!

12 comments:

  1. A HOUSEBOAT. Even the word is magical! If I ever get a timeshare, it's gotta be for one of those.

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  2. Safe travels ... and happy reading!

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  3. I listened to A Northern Light a while ago. I actually like the way it jumped around. It kept me on my toes.

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  4. Have fun! I've never been on a houseboat. That's awesome!:)

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  5. Oooh, have fun on the houseboat! How very cool. Sounds relaxing and luxurious.

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  6. Houseboating? Oh, that sounds like fun! Beats "wisdom tooth removal recovery" which actually isn't all that bad now that I think about it.

    A Northern Light was one of the first books I reviewed on my blog, and I loved it.

    Hope you have a great time!

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  7. OOO...ooo...OOO...ooo

    That's smoke signaleze for "Travel Safe and have a great time!"

    I am planning on reading, catching a pedicure, reading, shopping at Hobby Lobby, reading, working on VT, reading and heading off to Vegas for a family wedding!! Gosh, maybe I can read while we drive!!

    Isn't October break great?!?!?

    Enjoy your babes and your books!

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  8. Have a great vacation and happy reading! Can't wait to hear which book(s) you devour on your trip.

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  9. I'm a new follower of your blog...love your posts and your "look" and thought I would pass along an award!

    http://gerberadaisydiaries.blogspot.com/2009/10/lookin-good-award.html

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  10. Ohhh, I loved A Northern Light! Great book and perfect for an October vacation. Let us know what you think.

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  11. I'm so jealous - I would love to visit Lake Powell one day and rent a houseboat - it looks like so much fun!

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