20 September 2009

Sunday Salon: Preparing for Vacation

"Leaving on a jet plane,
Don't know when I'll be back again.
Oh, babe, I hate to go."

(RIP, Mary Travers)

By the time this is posted to my blog, I should be on a airplane headed to Ft. Lauderdale with my husband. We are taking a week-long cruise without the kids. This is our third year taking a cruise, so we are a bit more laid-back about it. The first year we ran around trying everything, especially since it was the first vacation we'd taken in about 15 years. Last year, we took the kids and extended family, so we ran around like cruise directors making sure everyone had a good time. This year, we plan to relax! Relaxing for me right now means reading. On the ship, I won't have the usual distractions of housework, TV, and the internet to pull me away from my books. I'm hoping to finish at least one book while I'm gone.

So what am I going to take? I thought I knew until I started writing this post. My bag is already packed with the latest copy of Good Housekeeping magazine and the next book in the Yada Yada Prayer group series. I was going with the idea of light beach reads. Now I'm thinking I should take something from my TBR list. I have three choices on hand:

Gastroanomalies: Questionable Culinary Creations from the Golden Age of American Cookery Untangling My Chopsticks: A Culinary Sojourn in Kyoto The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food

I know I can jump right into the Yada Yada Prayer Group book, but these nonfiction books are more iffy. I may settle down in my deck chair with one of them and hate it after five pages. What will I do then? Of course, this could all be useless speculation. My husband claims that he wants to relax, but he may have me running around so much that I never get a chance to pick up a book!

TBR List: It stands at 99 titles right now. I've resisted the urge to add more books to the list even though there are a few that should probably be on there, like the Yada Yada Prayer Group books and the Sue Barton books. The first book of each series was on my list. Once I finished those, I knew that I wanted to read the rest of each series. I've been reading them but not adding them to the list. I'm reading them as fast as I can get my hands on them, so it seems silly to add them and then turn around and check them off again.


debnance said...

I liked Chopsticks and Fortune Cookie enough to recommend them for a trip.

Dani in NC said...

(commenting from the port) I ended up taking Fortune Cookie Chronicles. The prologue about the lottery intrigued me.

JoAnn said...

Although I haven't read it, I've seen some good reviews of The Fortune Cookie Chronicles. Have a great trip!!

JoAnn said...

When I am going to travel, I always read the first 25 pages of a book and then if it "clicks" with me, it goes into my luggage.

Lisa said...

Have a great trip! I've never been on a cruise so I'm sure I'd be running around doing everything.

Kelly said...

I have such a hard time picking what to bring on vacation! I like that idea of reading the first 25 pages to make sure it clicks.

A TBR list at 99 books...ah. That would be nice. My list is bloated with crap I'm not really interested in anymore, but I'm so demoralized at its size (500+) I don't have the heart to clean it up.

Kelly from yannabe.com