One of my top two favorite gifts I have given was Claire’s 40th birthday present. We had talked for years about the kinds of books we read and Claire is a big fan of the beach read, or to put it more bluntly, the trashy book. In honor of her reading choices, I bought a small trash can and filled it with the appropriate books. Decorated with balloons and tissue paper, books piled in and stacked up to keep the trash lid open, truly, the gift was a sight to behold. Unfortunately, neither one of us took a picture of it.
I received quite a few stares as I dragged the trash can through Duttons Bookstore, selecting the perfect books and trying to shove in as many as possible. It’s been a few years (actually I can’t remember how many years, but I do remember that it was during the baseball play offs and I would like to take this moment to once again remind Claire that I left a Dodger playoff game to attend your party), so I don’t remember all the books I picked, but here are some of my favorite poolside-thoroughly-enjoyable reads:
1. Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon – this is my favorite beach read! I think there are seven in the series, who knows, they seem to multiply like rabbits. Yes, she is in desperate need of an editor, yes, the series isn’t as good as it continues, but none of her fans care. This isn’t high literature, it’s fun and when Claire and Jamie are off on an adventure the world melts away.
2. Any Dan Brown book – Claire and I said we wouldn’t buy his latest book, it’s just not worth the money, but we’re so glad we received it as a gift. I’m scheduled to fly on a little plane to a third world country; with The Lost Symbol to distract me I’m sure not to drive my companions crazy questioning every little noise the plane makes.
3. The Josephine Bonaparte Trilogy (starting with The Many Lives and Sorrows of Josephine B.) by Sandra Gulland – great escapist historical fiction.
4. Tara Road by Maeve Binchy – This is the only Binchy I’ve read completely, the others I’ve dropped after a few chapters, but this book carried me through a terrible week with an insane boss and for that, I’m eternally grateful. Read the rest of this entry »