Saturday, June 29, 2013

The Poland reading list!

By the time you see this post, our cats and home will be in the trusty hands of our sitter, and we will be on our way to Poland.  This is a trip we take every other year to visit my husband's parents.  It is a very long flight (layover in Frankfurt), and because the road system in the motherland is so AWFUL, we find ourselves involved doing an inordinate amount of driving every time we get in the car.  Often times we are lost, even with our GPS.  When we are not driving and getting lost, we are spending time with our non-English speaking relatives.  For myself and my children, who are non-Polish speaking, our duty is to smile and look cute.

What this all adds up to is an insane amount of time to read.  INSANE.  And it is a fabulous thing.  I am happy to announce that my new Kindle arrived this past Monday, and I have strategically loaded the books I thought I might have a chance to read, which have been accumulating on a list.  So I thought I would share with you what I have brought with me for entertainment.

In print (in case of Kindle charging issues):

The Wishing Tree - Marybeth Whalen:  Love this woman with all my heart, and her books make me happy.

How To Break a Terrorist - Matthew Alexander:  Loaned to me by BFF's FBI hubby, guaranteed to make my brain buzz.
On the Kindle:

Big Brother - Lionel Shriver:  This author is highly dependable to deliver extremely smart prose and controversy.  Shriver is not the middle-of-the-road kinda gal, this time she tackles obesity.

The Keeper of Lost Causes - Jussi Adler-Olsen:  Rhapsody Jill says that if I am having withdrawal symptoms from Nesbo, this series (in which there are three installments so far) is the answer.  This is book #1.

Life After Life - Kate Atkinson:  Time travel and intrigue...yeah baby.

Poppet - Mo Hayder:  I've read Hayder before and she writes one hell of a book.  Between that terrifying cover and a description that includes words like "gripping" and "dangerous mental patient", I was sold.

The Coroner's Lunch - Colin Cotterill:  #1 installment in a murder mystery series.  I blame Marie

The Shining Girls - Lauren Beukes:  Time travel and a serial murderer...yeah baby.


Beth F said...


The Relentless Reader said...

Smile and look cute, lol. Not a bad way to spend a vacation hmm? Especially if it gives you a ton of reading time, yahoo!

You have a good list there. I hope you enjoy Life After Life, I sure did. I'd really like to get to Big Brother as well.

Happy travels!

Iliana said...

I hope you guys have a fabulous vacation. Your post made me laugh because I feel that way when I visit my husband's family & friends in Germany. Smile and look cute. My German is still very basic.

You've got some great reads to look forward to!

bermudaonion said...

I suspect you'll be buying more before you come home!

Unknown said...

Hope you have a good trip, your photos are always so amazing from Poland. I'm guessing you have some audio to keep you entertained too.

Julie P. said...

So jealous of your free time. I'm looking forward to reading a few of those too!

Heidenkind said...

Have fun!

Ti said...

Can't wait to hear your thoughts on Big Brother. I am writing the review for it now and it was an interesting read, in the way that a train wreck is watchable. I know you know what I mean.

Anna said...

Hope you make a big dent in this list and have a great vacation. I can't wait to see what you think of Life After Life. I'm saving that one for my vacation, too.

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Have so much fun! I'm looking forward to Life After Life too.

caite said...

Have fun looking cute and good luck on Kindle issues!

Literary Feline said...

I hope you have a wonderful trip, Sandy! Your reading list sounds awesome.

I've been really curious about How to Break a Terrorist and hope you get a chance to read it so I know whether I should too. The Shining Girls is on my list of summer reads. Well, if I had a summer list it would be. I do hope to read it this summer, anyway.

Darlene said...

I hope you're having a great vacation. I always look forward to the pictures. The Wishing Tree was so good!

Anonymous said...

Looks like a lot of good reading. I just received a postcard from Warsaw today ( Her favorite book is Under the Dome by Stephen King :)