Tomorrow I’m headed to Keuka Lake for a week with my parents, dog, and myriad aunts, uncles, and cousins. After the roller coaster month I’ve been having, it will be lovely to spend some time tubing, swimming, kayaking, wine tasting, and lounging in the hammock with a book and a gin & tonic.
I’ve pretty much overcome my tendency to overpack for vacations… except when it comes to books. How can I know in advance what I’ll feel like reading for an entire week? Here are the books I’m taking with me (not including my Scribd library and e-reader; a girl’s gotta have options!*):
Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart (coming from HMH, 9/1). “Constance Kopp doesn’t quite fit the mold. She towers over most men, has no interest in marriage or domestic affairs, and has been isolated from the world since a family secret sent her and her sisters into hiding fifteen years ago. One day a belligerent and powerful silk factory owner runs down their buggy, and a dispute over damages turns into a war of bricks, bullets, and threats as he unleashes his gang on their family farm. When the sheriff enlists her help in convicting the men, Constance is forced to confront her past and defend her family — and she does it in a way that few women of 1914 would have dared.” — Goodreads
This just sounds like so much fun — perfect beach read material.
Sweet Caress by William Boyd (coming form Bloomsbury, 9/15). “When Amory Clay was born, in the decade before the Great War, her disappointed father gave her an androgynous name and announced the birth of a son. But this daughter was not one to let others define her; Amory became a woman who accepted no limits to what that could mean, and, from the time she picked up her first camera, one who would record her own version of events.” — Goodreads
You know I can’t resist books about trail-blazing women, and this one sounds really wonderful. Plus, the novel includes found photographs, which become photos taken by Amory! I’m so intrigued.
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff (coming from Riverhead, 9/15). “At age twenty-two, Lotto and Mathilde are tall, glamorous, madly in love, and destined for greatness. A decade later, their marriage is still the envy of their friends, but with an electric thrill we understand that things are even more complicated and remarkable than they have seemed. With stunning revelations and multiple threads, and in prose that is vibrantly alive and original, Groff delivers a deeply satisfying novel about love, art, creativity, and power that is unlike anything that has come before it.” — Goodreads
I have to admit that I’m basing all of my beach-read expectations on the cover. Because waves! But also, I love Lauren Groff, and I’ve been dying to read her newest book.
The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemison. “In the ancient city-state of Gujaareh, peace is the only law. Upon its rooftops and amongst the shadows of its cobbled streets wait the Gatherers – the keepers of this peace. Priests of the dream-goddess, their duty is to harvest the magic of the sleeping mind and use it to heal, soothe – and kill those judged corrupt.” — Goodreads
I haven’ read a fantasy novel (besides Harry Potter) since high school, but what better time to step outside your comfort zone than when on vacation? Besides, Julianne raved about it, and she is a poetic noble land mermaid with excellent taste in books.
This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz. “At the heart of these stories is the irrepressible, irresistible Yunior, a young hardhead whose longing for love is equaled only by his recklessness–and by the extraordinary women he loves and loses: artistic Alma; the aging Miss Lora; Magdalena, who thinks all Dominican men are cheaters; and the love of his life, whose heartbreak ultimately becomes his own.” — Goodreads
I don’t know, this book has been on my shelf for like three years, and now seems like a good time to read it.
*I’m also hoping my library hold on The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan comes in before I leave! [Edit: It did!]