Spring (Break) Reading

Pool Side Gossip
Slim Aarons’ iconic Poolside Gossip as seen on the Glam Pad blog.

We haven’t had much of a winter here in Southern California but it doesn’t quite feel like spring either. It’s a little too cool in the mornings for it to feel like spring, but according to my calendar spring break is right around the corner and that means…

Reading. Movies. Eating.

See that photo above? I love the name of it, Poolside Gossip. I want to be one of those ladies and pretty soon, I’ll have my chance because Palm Desert is one of our destinations. I don’t think it’s very warm there and last week they had one heck of a wind storm but it’s nice to get away.

Part of the fun is choosing which books will go with me. I have a lot of good ones to choose from:

Spring Break Collage

The Martian by Andy Weir
The Painter by Peter Heller
A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami
The Vacationers by Emma Straub
Under a Summer Sky by Nan Rossiter
Up at Butternut Lake by Mary McNear
The Fever by Megan Abbott
Driftwood by Elizabeth Dutton

Never in my wildest dreams will all of these be read but I hope to get to at least two of them. I think two, is a realistic expectation and if I get to more, then that will be the the icing on the cake. That’s how I see it. I never know what mood I will be in while away so I have back-ups to choose from. Plus, I seem to like books about vacations, whenever I am ON vacation. Funny, huh?

Do you have any special reading plans coming up? If you need some reading motivation, Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon is just around the corner. I haven’t been able to participate properly in a couple of years but it’s always a lot of fun and a good way to go through your shelves and get those books read.

Anyway, off to begin my Friday. Friday at work, but hey… it’s Friday.

23 thoughts on “Spring (Break) Reading”

  1. I wish we had Spring Break in corporate companies too! Would be so nice to spend that whole week lounging and reading and lounging more. If the meals just magically appeared in front of us, that would be perfect.

  2. TGIF! I am so ready for the weekend. I’ve had another busy week, but at least the weather is much warmer — though we are expected to get rain.

    Looks like you have a big stack for the break. Good luck. I try not to plan my reading on breaks because I always end up doing something else. 🙂

    1. I don’t hold myself to plans when it comes to reading because I can never predict my mood correctly so having options works best for me.  So glad the weather is warming up for you! It is nice here. Cool in the mornings but warmer by the afternoon. I hope we have a cool day tomorrow for track but I have my tent brella thing ready in case it’s hot. I got so fried last time. 


      1. It’s supposed to be pouring here later this afternoon. It’s already really darkening up. Alas, the spring is here. 🙂 I am reading a bunch of poetry this month and finding a happy place.

  3. Spring break = awesome! Hope you and your family have a wonderful time relaxing 🙂 As for the reads you may be reading on your trip – wow! What a great selection! I love that you enjoy reading books about vacation whilst on vacation. I’m sure whatever you wind up reading will be great – as none of them sound like a bad read (especially the Murakami!) I’ve been on quite a reading binge lately – one book after the other (and I love it)! I just finished Crazy Rich Asians and am starting The Invention of Wings. I’m hoping to get to Paper Towns on Sunday. I’m loving all this reading.

    1. I have been on a total reading jag too! One after another. I don’t want to stop or I may lose momentum.  I just finished Casebook and The Here and Now. Casebook was good. I enjoyed it. The Here and Now was good for YA. I think you know what I mean when I say that. 


    1. I am so mad!! The library copy I put on hold was for a Kindle version but they sent me the epub version so I guess I won’t be reading it after all. I was on the wait list for so long too. 


  4. I can’t get anything read right now, for a million reasons. I’m not sure if Spring Break is going to help matters. We are going to Savannah, which is not exactly a place where you just lay around. But I will come prepared just in case. I’m really anxious to read The Martian…I am on hold for the audio. But what I really am giving serious consideration is The Game of Thrones books. I so adore the series.

    1. Well, the library sent me the wrong version of the Martian so I am not going to be reading it at all. They sent me the epub version which does not work with my Kindle and they don’t have the audio or any other version available. Sigh. 

      I’m not sure really how much reading I will get done either and now The Teen is telling me he doesn’t want to do spring break. 


  5. How lucky that you get a week off during SB as well. Tose books look good –enjoy

  6. Today is the first time I’ve ventured out to the woods for some hopeful birdwatching. I was treading slushy snow. The pool in your post is enticing. Looks like a good list of books. I’m still reading Parade’s End (about 900 pages) by Ford Madox Ford and just started on C. S. Lewis’ bio by Alister McGrath.

    1. I didn’t get any reading done over break. I think I read 20 pages and that might be a stretch. I am looking forward to lunch just so I can escape  back into my book. 


  7. Will you be wearing one of those lace get-ups? 😉 I don’t get to read on vacations (wahhh!!!) unless I go somewhere alone. Maybe one of my daughters will be a reader and want to have some downtime with me. Over the summer I would nap with Elle on vacation and use that time for reading–if I didn’t also fall asleep.

    Enjoy The Martian. I keep hearing so much about it.

    1. I think I read 20 pages while away. I just did not get any reading time this time around. I was up and doing stuff and keeping an eye on the pup.  Oh! Can you believe that the library sent me the wrong ebook version of The Martian? So I could not read it on my Kindle. I am still Martian-less. 


    1. The weather was a little strange in Palm Springs this time around. It was overcast and about 100 degrees. A little humid.  Not my fave thing AND I think I read about 20 pages tops. 

      I never got The Martian! The library sent me the wrong version (epub instead of Kindle).


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