Spent the weekend working like crazy to try to get caught up on things--most particularly laundry--as we are heading out of town as soon as I get home from work on Tuesday for a trip to the Black Hills. Along the way, we'll be stopping to see pioneer landmarks Chimney Rock and Scottsbluff and Fort Robinson in northwest Nebraska. All of these places are places my children should long ago have seen, as close as we live to them. I've seen them--I wonder if anyone would mind if I sat in the car reading while everyone else goes off sightseeing?
I've added two sites to my list of favorites (tab at the bottom of my header). Elle magazine's website has a blog titled "Lit Life: A Blog for Fiction Readers With Great Tastes." The picture above comes from it. This is a bookshelf in Chernobyl 24 years after the nuclear accident in 1986. I've also added "The Millions." How in the world did I not know about this site before? Emily St. John Mandel ("Last Night in Montreal" and "The Singer's Gun") has an article posted there about her favorite apocalyptic novels.
In doing some research for an article, I came across an article on NPR.com titled "Why Women Read More Than Men." This article contends that under the circumstances, Ernest Hemingway might well be considered "chick lit" given that women are really the primary readers of fiction. The theory there is that women are just hardwired to be more empathetic than men and possess a greater emotional range making fiction more appealing to women than men. Any thoughts on that?
Coming up next week is my review of Claire Cook's "Seven Year Switch." Here's a little teaser on that one for you.
Now the big packing question for the trip: what books and how many to take? For some strange reason, my husband seems to think that five it too many. I, respectfully, disagree. How many books do you like to take when you travel and what kind do you prefer to read on vacation?