Yiddish or otherwise: What summer vacation reads are you itching to start?
One of my favorite things about traveling (now that the novelty of flying itself is a thing of the past) is peeking around at my fellow wanderers to see what they're reading. Checking out airport bookstores is also pretty interesting, in terms of keeping up to date on what's new and what's bestselling – and what is marked down because it just isn't selling as well as expected.
Planning to bring enough good reads for a week-long beach vacation is an acquired skill. Haruki Murakami's After Dark got me through the four hour delay at my departure airport, as well as the last couple of hours of daylight at the coastal destination. Stephenie Meyer's new adult novel The Host provided the bulk of my entertainment, packing a whopping 624 pages, but moving along at a pace one would expect from the author of the enthralling young adult Twilight series. Which is to say, it was tough to put down, even for a quick dip in the pool as the temperature soared. Finally, I brought a book I absolutely loved the first time around, having intended for ages to reread it: Audrey Niffenegger's The Time Traveler's Wife. What with other sand-and-surf related distractions I didn't manage to get all the way through that one, but the beginning is every bit as delicious as I remembered.