The Long Weekend beckons

Friday, May 27, 2011


Where I'm going to be this weekend...
Beach
(Picture Source)

What I'm going to be doing...
surfing
(Picture Source)
Well, not really - I thought it will be more snazzy to show a surfer than a smiling tourist. Even though I love beaches and the vast expanse of water, I'm mortally terrified of going more than a few feet past the shore, unless I'm cocooned safely in a boat that's not the Titanic. I should say though, I am looking forward to some jet skiing and parasailing.

Couple of my friends and I are heading down to Myrtle Beach on Saturday, where we'll spend the next 2-3 days. I'll be back home only by late Monday, which means I'm going to be off blogging for a few days too. I don't have any blog posts scheduled, since I don't usually do that, so I might just be offline until Tuesday/Wednesday.

What I'm going to read...
Oh and books! Is it even legal to go on a vacation without books? I've checked out a few ebooks from two of my libraries - most are young-adult or fast-paced books. I don't expect my attention span to be long enough to make sense of heavy literary work. I've decided to stick to ebooks because returning back with unread print books feels worse than coming home with unread ebooks. Which is a silly thing, but there it is.

The Fates Will Find Their Way Mystic River Graceling Number the Stars Bud, Not Buddy

I also happen to have A Visit from the Goon Squad on my nook - I considered calling it a beach read, but that's wishful thinking.

What I'll be listening to...
So I have a fair amount of driving to do, and I don't fancy too much music or quietness in the car. So I picked a couple of audio books to keep the monotonous driving feel not so monotonous.

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

I actually started listening to Squirrel seeks Chipmunk the other day, and kept laughing my head off through the whole drive. I now understand why everyone says listening to Sedaris is more entertaining than reading his books. I had earlier tried to read one of his books - it was funny, but I can say I did not really laugh so much. Just in case you'll be driving by this part of country and happen to see some crazy woman laughing alone in the car, feel free to say "Hi".

Before leaving...
My Armchair BEA giveaway is supposed to end tomorrow, but since I'm going to be away all weekend, I'm going to let it stay open for a couple more days.

Also, the Shantaram readalong starts on June 1st (I expect my vacation should make me ready to tackle a huge tome). If you're interested in joining, sign up here.

Have a great weekend, you all! And if you're doing something too, let me know.

32 comments:

Misha said...

Have fun at the beach! :)
You've chosen some really good books to read - I really liked Mystic River.

hcmurdoch said...

Enjoy your vacation, I've never been to Myrtle Beach, but have heard good things. I LOVED Number the Stars and Bud, Not Buddy (my daughter did as well). And, Crooked Letter... I liked it so look forward to seeing what you think.

And by the way, I saw the surfing photo and thought, "really? She surfs?"

Judith said...

Have fun at the beach, Aths. Wondering if you'll really get that much reading done, but who knows? Are your friends readers, too? 

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Yay! Have fun! Take pics. I wish you excellent weather, marvelous food, great pictures, and plenty of reading time.

ChewDigest said...

I love the cover for The Fates Will Find Their Way, it is like a puzzle and made me slow down to read it.

I will be staying away from the beach entirely this weekend. It was already a madhouse yesterday!

Have fun and drive carefully while you laugh:)

bermudaonion (Kathy) said...

I hope you have a great weekend!

Niranjana Iyer said...

Oooh, you are so lucky that you are reading Graceling for the first time. 
Hope your weekend is going well!

Jennygirl said...

I love the beach!  Have a wonderful time and see you when you get back.
Happy reading too :)

ashbrux said...

Fun! I really want to read The Fates Will Find Their Way. Can't wait to hear your thoughts! 

MedeiaSharif said...

I hope you got to do all that you planned.  :)

Lisa said...

So jealous of your beach time! One of my favorite places to be, although I must admit to preferring a quiet beach where I can really hear the waves and enjoy a walk. Sedaris is hysterical to listen to; don't blame you for driving along laughing!

Bibliophilebythesea said...

The beach and fun books, what better combination?? enjoy!

Athira / Aths said...

Thanks! I did have fun!

Athira / Aths said...

I read and loved Number the Stars. I didn't get to Bud and Crooked Letter though.

I wish I surfed though.

Athira / Aths said...

Not much reading done, but some. One of my friends reads a lot. Her husband reads occasionally (esp my recommendations, so that makes me feel fabulous).

Athira / Aths said...

Thanks! I had all of those!

Athira / Aths said...

I am half way through Fates and the book is really engrossing!! Love it so far!

Athira / Aths said...

Thanks! I did! I had fun!

Athira / Aths said...

Well, I didn't get to Graceling, but I still plan to read it. Can't wait to check it out!

Athira / Aths said...

Thanks! I had a great time!

Athira / Aths said...

So far, it's really good! I wasn't expecting it to be so entertaining. I do have some issues, but the book is gripping.

Athira / Aths said...

Thanks! I got to do quite a bit. :)

Athira / Aths said...

Haha! I hear you. One of the beaches I went to this weekend (to do some parasailing) was beeeezeee! But the one at the hotel we stayed at was pretty quiet and serene.

Athira / Aths said...

I agree! That's just a fab combo!

Care said...

Have fun!!    Lots of good reads to choose from.   

Athira / Aths said...

Thanks! I'm back and had some great fun!!

Lena said...

I'm so jealous, please take me with you! :-) Hope you have a fantastic time at Myrtle Beach. You have some great choices to read too. I remember reading Bud, not Buddy with my kids. Wow how time flies. Have a safe trip. Can't wait to read all about it.

Kim @ Sophisticated Dorkiness said...

Beautiful photos - I'm so jealous! I hope you had a ton of fun.

Nina Happyendings said...

Have a lot of fun!!!

Athira / Aths said...

I did! It was such an amazing weekend!

Athira / Aths said...

I did have a fantastic time!! And got quite a few books read too! :)

Athira / Aths said...

Thanks! I did have a fabulous time!