Wednesday, June 24, 2009

What to read in Hawaii (or poolside anywhere)

What I read...

vacation-reading

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
I loved this but it isn't really poolside reading. I don't think I did it justice, because I was putting it down and picking it up and splashing water all over it and getting distracted by waiters with pina coladas. It deserves better treatment, like a quiet afternoon on the couch with a cup of tea.

The Boleyn Inheritance by Phillipa Gregory
This is not fine literature but it's addictive, particularly if you are an avid historical fiction fan like I am. Start with The Other Boleyn Sister (I'd already read it).

Towards Zero by Agatha Christie
I love the Dame. This was a re-read for me (I've read every single mystery she's ever written) but I found it for a buck at a used book store and I needed back up material. Perfect escapist fun.

16 comments:

  1. sigh* reading and Hawaii, so jealous.

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  2. Loved Oscar Wao. I read "The Inheritance of Loss" in Hawaii, and "Runaway." I definitely recommend the first.

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  3. I loved The Other Boleyn Girl. I haven't read any of her other books, but you are so right. They are great for history lovers.

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  4. I will definitely be picking up The Boleyn Inheritance, thanks for the tip! I am such an historical fiction junkie.

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  5. I loved the Junot Diaz book. He's a professor at MIT (where I work). I see him on campus sometimes...I want to be like, "Hey Junot, loved the book!" Ha ha, but I'm too big of a dork to do that. Wish I had read it in Hawaii, though. Instead, I read it in crummy/old/rainy/cold Boston. :o(

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  6. Thanks for the recommendations. I will be needing some historical fiction to keep me amused in Charleston.

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  7. Wow, did you finish all three? You're a fast reader...

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  8. Oh man, I wish I could lounge poolside and read awesome books.

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  9. Phillipa Gregory... I am addicted. Great choices!

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  10. oh wait - that's a christie that I haven't read! :) my mom adored all of gregory's books and i've been reading them as a tribute to her. great bodice rippers

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  11. Thank you so much for the list...just started my Summer so i always need books to read..what a lovely blog you have....so glad i came by...

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  12. enjoy your time.
    looks relaxing.

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  13. Hello! Just discovered your beautiful blog...very much admire your skill with photography and subject matter. Looks like you're having a grand time in Hawaii! Thanks for the reading recommendations--I'm always on the hunt for a good read. Happy Days :o)

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  14. Just bumped into you blog... and have to say... have added you as a favorite... all because of Agatha! Well done you! Currently buried in adventure with Monsieur Poroit!

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  15. So lovely to have the time to catch up with reading. I've read Phillipa Gregory and of course Agatha Christie - perfect holiday reading but I don't know the first book so may need to look it up!

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