Going On Vacation? Pick Up A Book First!

Heading out on spring break or summer vacation this year? Think about taking a book along for the ride.

Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night. Copyright: Akashic Books.
Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night. Copyright: Akashic Books.

Whether you choose to read by Kindle light or the "old fashioned" way with paper and binding, books are a staple for many of us during vacation.

With schools on spring break this week, it's the perfect time to pick up a new book and get reading. 

Publishers Weekly is already looking ahead to the summer, and who says you can't too? You can pick up one of one of these books for this week's vacation, or make a note to pick up the others for summer vacation. 

Here's a peek at just some of the books on the Publisher's Weekly Best Books of Summer 2014 List:

The Black-Eyed Blonde: A Philip Marlowe Novel by Benjamin Black — Raymond Chandler is no longer with us, but his estate has chosen Benjamin Black to carry on the Philip Marlowe story. Revisit 1950s California and enjoy the return of the iconic private investigator. You can start this book on your Spring Break, it's already out! 

Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night by Barbara J. Taylor — Set in Scranton, this book tells the story of Violet, an eight-year-old girl who is blamed for the untimely death of her nine-year-old sister. And how the little girl refuses to behave the way everyone thinks she should after the tragic death. Based on a true story from the author's family. We have to wait until July for this one, but doesn't it sound interesting? Pre-order if you like!

Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America — Go figure. A Hollywood icon actually hitchhikes across America. And then writes a book about it. Publishers Weekly says it works. This one will be out in June, just a short wait away.

These are just three of the PW summer reads, but there are plenty more at PW's site. Go check out what you can, then pick one up today in your preferred format! 

Let me know in the comments if you wind up reading any of them and what you think!

This post also appeared on my website: DanielleMastersonBooks.com.

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Renee Cwiek April 19, 2014 at 01:14 PM
I'm definitely going to add a couple of these to my summer reading list! I recently put the Kindle app on my tablet. I wasn't sure how I would like it, but I love it!
Anna Bucciarelli April 20, 2014 at 08:15 AM
Definitely will add these to my long, long list of "to reads". Maybe I'll live long enough to get to them all. Just finished an oldie but goodie ... but you know? The stories only stay with me for a while, I read so much that I forget what I've already read and after the first few pages, I get into it again and often continue since I liked it the first time around. There will never be enough hours in any day to read all I want to and thank goodness and God for Goodreads and, of course, my library and you, Danielle, for adding to my lists. Was offered a Kindle but know what? I really prefer to hold that book in my lap to read, plus I prefer to use my library ... it's FREE, for goodness sake, why would I pay to read anything but a newspaper? And, even that can be gotten at the library. If nothing else, I just love the smell of a library! (Sorry for my longwinded-ness ... just love, love books.)
Mamie Huggins April 20, 2014 at 08:37 AM
Hey Anna - I'm a book lover too and use the library on occasion. But it's not FREE as you say, it's paid for by us taxpayers. Also, when I buy a book, especially by an unknown and/or local author, I'm helping that person to keep writing.
Anna Bucciarelli April 20, 2014 at 05:48 PM
Of course you're right Mamie but if I don't have to part with an additional penny from my pocket I feel it's a treat. And you're right too about keeping authors writing I especially like books by new, first-time novelists who often surprise me with the wonder of their words.


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