Monday, June 30, 2008

Back from Vacation

I got back from vacation Saturday night -- tired and glad to be home. We had a wonderful time. The weather was perfect, and it was great to be with the whole family for an entire week. During the day, we stayed out on the beach except to go back to the room for a quick sandwich. In the evenings, we went out to dinner -- cooking is not my idea of a vacation. We drove to Wilmington one day and walked around on the waterfront and went to UNCW to look around since this is where the youngest will be attending in about a month and a half.

I did get some reading done, but not as much as I wanted to (as usual!). I had just started Lolita when we left for vacation, and I finished it on Friday before we left to come home. I read mostly out on the beach, but I kept falling asleep. Did I mention the weather was perfect? The temperature was in the 80s with a good stiff breeze. So, it took me a little longer than usual to read. I'll do a review later in the week. I've just started Water for Elephants, which is for one of my face to face book clubs, which meets next Tuesday. I'm liking it so far.

Has anyone else ever noticed that it seems as if more people read on the beach than anywhere else in the world? I've always known that people like to take a book on vacation, but this year it seemed as if every other person on the beach was reading (and it was crowded!). I wish I would have snapped some pictures, but then I would have had to ask for permission to put them on the blog, and that was just too much work for vacation. I should have written down some of the titles, though. My husband and I walked a couple miles on the beach one day, and I was trying to keep a mental list of all the books I saw people reading, but I can only remember a few now. Let's see, there was a myriad of James Patterson (along with his co-authors); Eat, Pray, Love; Water for Elephants; Helter Skelter; The Glass Castle; and Choke. Wow, my memory is pretty bad. Oh well, it did my heart good to see all those people reading. I hope to get caught up with my blog reading and post a review for Lolita soon.

8 comments:

Ravenous Reader said...

Oh, sounds like a lovely vacation! And I have noticed that people read a lot on the beach. I'm always happy when I see people reading, too. Makes me feel as if there's hope for the world after all!

Iliana said...

Sounds like a wonderful time! I haven't been to the beach in years - I think I need to go pout :)
Glad to see you back!

Jill said...

Welcome back from vacation!

I loved Water for Elephants - hope you do too!

Lisa said...

ravenous reader, I feel the same way. It just does the heart good. :)

iliana, that's the only place I've been for years. We go once a year with my extended family. But, I'm ready to go somewhere else. I've never been out of the country! I would absolutely love to go to Scotland.

jill, thanks. No surprise -- I'm absolutely loving Water for Elephants. After getting started, I can't put it down. On a rare occasion last night, I was home alone and read on the front porch for over 2 hours! It was heavenly.

Gentle Reader said...

I've noticed that a lot of people read on the beach, too. But of course, reading is so perfect for the beach. Maybe because it's easier to get the sand out of a book than, say, a laptop computer! Imagining all those people on the beach reading made me smile--thanks!

Lisa said...

gentle reader, you're right. I couldn't imagine having a laptop on the beach, but I'm sure it's been done. I think I'll stick with books.

Natasha @ Maw Books said...

What a wonderful vacation! I'd love to be able to read at the beach. With small kids it's unlikely and the fact that I'm nowhere near a beach doesn't help either.

Lisa said...

natasha, I know what you mean about having small kids on vacation -- I remember it well. Mine are now 20 and 18. It's nice to be able to relax and read, but I do kind of miss having little ones around.