This weekend we are packing up the kayaks, summer reading books and plenty of snacks and are heading to Lake Tahoe with some of Adam’s family!
Every time I visit Tahoe I want to pack up and move. It’s just so gorgeous and tranquil. Last year we went for 4th of July but this year we decided to go a few days earlier to avoid all the crazy crowds. I can’t believe it’s already been a year since we were last there! We are blessed to live only a couple hours away so it’s definitely a doable trip distance-wise when we feel the need to get away.
Man, I love that place.
Ahhhhhhhh peace and bliss.
I brought some books with me to read in the hammock. One of the ones I just finished was Next to Love by Ellen Feldman. To be perfectly honest here, I find it funny that the cover (top photo) says “impossible to put down”…because I totally started reading it and only about twenty pages in, put it down. Put it down for a long time, in fact! I think I put it down for four months. I don’t know. The beginning just didn’t grip me as I had hoped for it to. HOWEVER, last week I decided to give it another go and stayed up very late for a few nights reading. I ended up really enjoying this book and am so glad I gave it a second chance.
Next to Love is a sweet story about three best friends during the 40’s and 50’s—-I’d say this book was a cross between The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, if that tells you anything. Basically, it’s a great vacation read if you’re looking to pick something up for a long flight or to lay by the pool with.
Here’s one of the books I am planning on finishing this weekend (in the hammock):
Okay, this is another book that I felt picked up after a somewhat slow beginning. I stuck with it though and am glad I did! The Shoemaker’s Wife is an epically long historical novel spanning from the Italian Alps to New York during the World War One era. I’m a sucker for long books like this….the kind I can really sink my teeth into and visualize a certain place and time I never knew. Plus, if Kathryn Stockett (the author of The Help) says it’s splendid, it’s splendid. Enough said. I will report back!
This book is up next! I can’t wait. And yes, I like Oprah’s Book Club books. I know some may not agree, but I’ve really enjoyed every one I’ve read…my absolute favorites being Drowning Ruth and The Deep End of the Ocean (stayed up till 3am finishing that one even though I’ve seen the movie ten years ago…if you haven’t read it go get it NOW. you’re welcome. trust.)