Help Me with My Vacation Reading List?

Three years at my company and, as a reward, I got an extra week off. So, what to do with the week? Go to an undisclosed location overlooking a notoriously turquoise sea, sit with E on the sand, and read as many books as I can fit in my suitcase. (Note to self: Bring extra sunscreen.)

So far, I have plans to take these books with me:

Save the Cat! by Blake Snyder—because I am hopeful I can someday write a screenplay.

If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino—I hear you, I hear you. Does the story take place on a winter’s night? If so, it will be a nice contrast to the hot and muggy place where I’ll be. E, I want to borrow your copy to take with.

I also want a good, thick novel I could drown in.

A book of short stories.

Maybe an edgy memoir.

And something classic I must read before I die.


E, we may need to bring an extra suitcase.

4 thoughts on “Help Me with My Vacation Reading List?

  1. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett, Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin…A Thousand Years of Good Prayers (short story collection) by Yiyun Li…Frankenstein by Mary Shelley!

  2. You can’t go wrong with Alice Munro short stories.

    Good thick novel: Moby Dick. (this goes for the classic, too)

    Edgy memoir: Jane Jeong Trenka’s The Language of Blood.

  3. An extra week off! Yay for you. I just began the Pevear translation of the Three Musketeers which is pretty entertaining. Or Great Expectations? How about Chekhof for short stories? Lucky you to have this subject to turn over in your mind.

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