Sunday, September 12, 2010

What do agents do on vacation?

So what is it that agents do when they go away on vacation, you might wonder? Well, this agents reads.

So how do you tell it's vacation? Well, first, I get to read "real" books, the kind that are typeset, that have those lovely covers, feel so wonderful as you hold them in your hands, and have that divine aroma of glue and "new book." That alone kept me entranced for the first day. But then after that, it was just the pure enjoyment of the stories.

First, I finished Judi McCoy's Death in Show, a fun story about a dog walker who solves mysteries and uncovers the inside scoop on dog shows. As you can see, Harry was less than thrilled, because as a rescue mix, dog shows are just not his thing.

Then I lost myself in Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games. Wow, what pacing and could you raise the stakes for those characters any higher? Yes, I know I'm a bit late starting the series, but now I can't wait to get to books 2 and 3. Hopefully, I can squeeze in time for those before the next vacation. (Because you'll soon see, that my entire reading list is made up of bestselling books from 2008 and 2009. Just a little behind . . ..)

After that, I plunged into Little Bee, by Chris Cleve, a heart-wrenching story of not only the immigration issue but also what it means to try to do good.

Then it was back in time with Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, by Kathleen Howe, a most thought-provoking, fresh look at the era of the Salem Witch trials. If you're a history buff, I'd definitely recommend this one. It really sheds new light on what seems like much more probable explanations for the witch frenzy than just those hysterical young girls.

And, then I topped things off with Margaret Atwood's The Year of the Flood. I'm a great fan of hers and have read, I believe, all of her novels and most of her short stories. Again, this was a book that really got me thinking -- not only about what was happening in the story but the larger, universal questions she raises. Organic rooftop gardens take on new significance in the kind of dystopian universe she portrays.

In fact, I was so into survival mode by this point, that when they announced Hurricane Earle was on it's way, I was ready to sharpen all the knives and stockpile food.

Ever find yourself so lost in the world of books that it's reality that seems to be unreal?


middle grade ninja said...

Every time:)

AE said...

Sometimes I wish the written word was real life. That's why I started writing.

Samantha Bina said...

I have converted one more person to THE HUNGER GAMES! First Naomi, now you. My work here is done ;-)


Samantha Bina said...

Yes! Another HUNGER GAMES convert! My work here is done.

Margaret Duarte said...

That's why the reading of great books is often called an escape. Sometimes we want--and need--to break away from reality for a while, forget about our own "stories" and focus on someone else's, even if fictional. Often after a good read, I'm able to face my day with clearer vision and a stronger step.