Monday, August 11, 2014

What I'm Reading on Vacation This Year

Vacation. It's the magic word that makes it all better, right? At least temporarily, anyway. This year, I've got a stack of books - both e-books and paperbacks - that I plan to read while on vacation. Of course, I'll be writing a lot while I'm backtracking in the wild frontier of the Sierra Nevada Mountains (read: I'll be sitting on the cabin steps, watching the squirrels chase each other in circles), but reading in the midst of the pines and the cedars is a favorite past time of mine. Here are the books that I'm bringing with me this year. I hope I'll get to read most of them! 

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)
This murder mystery by the brilliant author of the Harry Potter Series is something I've been wanting to read for a long time. Looks like I'm finally getting my chance!

Finding Emma by Steena Holmes 
A little girl goes missing. Was she kidnapped? We can assume so. Her mother goes haywire trying to find her, and all is not what it seems in the quiet neighborhood in which the mother lives. I found it on Kindle for just 1.99, and it looks like a good dramatic tale. 

Goddess by Anthony Summers 
This one is non-fiction. It's a biographical account of Marilyn Monroe, and anybody who knows me knows that I love old-Hollywood biographies. I've only read one on Monroe so far (when I was a newly minted graduate from High School), and I'm eager to learn more!

900 Miles by S. Johnathan Davis 
A zombie adventure that I've heard has a lot more heart than it does splattered brains. Hopefully. I got it for just 2.99 on Kindle, and you can do the same! 

Insurgent by Veronica Roth 
Yes, I know! Insurgent came out a LONG time ago, but it's been a busy year and I've finally got time to read it. I loved the first installment so I'm looking forward to this one. 

Outpost by Ann Aguirre 
The sequel to Ann's first post-apocalyptic novel, Enclave. I loved the first - I checked it out at the library - and I can't wait for this chapter of the story!

The Sentinel by Jeremy Bishop 
This was mailed to me at some point last year (or was it this year...?) and I don't know much about the storyline, other than the fact that it's supposed to be pretty scary. *hides*

In the After by Demitria Lunetta 
I cheated on this one - I've already started reading it! It's GREAT so far. One girl versus an alien takeover. The good kind of survival story. I'm loving the main character, Amy. She begins as a spoiled brat and evolves into a totally macho survivor of an extraterrestrial apocalypse. Girl power. 

The Giver by Louis Lowry
This dystopian book was written some time ago, and it's just now being made into a feature film that I'm very excited to see. But first, I'm going to read the book. Because I CANNOT watch a movie before reading the book. I just can't, people! 

Home by Frank Peretti  
Because I apparently haven't read any Frank Peretti books since I was a kid (I blame the children's section of books at the campground gift shop where I vacationed as a child), and I'm game to try one before I turn 21 in less than a month. We'll see. 

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