August 5, 2010

Scenes From the Cape {Series}: Rainy Day Fun

So what do you do when Mother Nature decides that all God's creatures need a little drink? You have your hubby drive you around so you can take pictures of course. The seagulls certainly weren't complaining.

Then you read.

This hammock would have been a perfect spot to curl up and read a good book, but not in this weather. That's okay; I found several perches inside that suited me just fine. I read an awful lot while I'm on vacation, and this year I managed to finish 12 books. (4 weeks divided by... well, you can do the math. It's a lot for me at any rate.) The girls and I went crazy buying any and every title we could get our hands on. And if you think I read a lot, then you'll be surprised to learn that my girls read even more. In fact, daughter #2 won this year's contest by reading 3,617 pages! Hubby has since put a cabash on my book spending. Go figure.

I started with a good deal of non-fiction titles, and then to lighten the load a bit, I filled in with very fluffy reads that took place in some sort of beach setting or were written by local authors...

Non-Fiction: I re-read Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert, so it would be fresh in my mind when I see the movie, and then two writing books that I won't bore you with all the details. In addition, I finally read three books from Harwich resident and author Joan Anderson - A Year by the Sea, An Unfinished Marriage and A Walk on the Beach - which I had picked up years ago, but never read. (I highly recommend the first.) I had been toying with purchasing Slow Love by Dominique Browning since it came out, and then finally procured my copy from Yellow Umbrella Books. I'm so glad I did. Her view of living a slow life coincides with my philosophy behind beautiful living.

Fiction: My fluffy books included The Writing Circle by Corrine Demas (wanted to love it, but didn't), The Blue Bistro by Elin Hilderbrand (a fun look into the restaurant business, but not so good if you're on a diet!) , Summer House by Nancy Thayer (okay), Summer Shift by Lynn Kiele Bonasia (also okay), and finally The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks. Now I'm not a big NS fan, but I did enjoy the movie and I wanted to see how all that drama was played out in print. It's a surprisingly small book, but I enjoyed his lyrical prose along with his anguished look inside Alzheimer's. This one tugged on my heart strings.

To Be Read: I managed to steal away several more books that I saved for when I returned. They include... The Passage by Justin Cronin (1400+ pages - so far, so good), Sea Escape by Lynne Griffen, South of Broad by Pat Conway (I'm having trouble with all of the flowery language), and The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo by Stieg Larsson. (Everybody and their brother has recommended this book, but since I was alone a lot of nights... I waited until I could bring it home and read it in bed next to hubby.) I know, I know - I'll read it.