Monday, December 20, 2010

What I plan to read on my vacation

by Jane

It is always so difficult for me to choose what I want to read while away on a real vacation. I have so little time to read for pleasure that picking the perfect titles is incredibly challenging. My family and I are going away for eight days after we close up shop for the holidays and there will be plenty of time for me to go through at least three books.

I thought I’d share with you what I’m taking with me. BUT, if you have any other ideas I would love to hear what they are and why you recommend them:

Mockingjaythe third in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. I have just finished the second book and cannot read another thing until I finish the trilogyso this is definitely the first on my list.

The Room by Emma Donoghue. Ever since I first read a description of this novel, I have wanted to read it. And Jim and Lauren in our office loved it. Those are the two very important reasons why I am definitely taking this one along.

The Ghost Writer by Robert Harris. The idea of this book is really intriguing and since we work with so many ghost writers, I know I am going to enjoy this one. Plus, of course, Miriam loved itwhich in itself is a great reason for me to take it along.

In between, I am looking forward to reading Playing with Fire, the manuscript from my client Pam Constablea book about Pakistan which we have very high hopes forand the manuscript for Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë François’s new book Pizza and Focaccia in Five Minutes a Day, which was just turned in to the publisher and is bound to become another bestseller for the authors.

I figure that should keep me busy. I’ll also try to fit in some sleeping and eating and, of course, golf.

A very happy and healthy holiday to you all. We will be back in the New Year with some exciting new things to share with you.


  1. Those sound great, Jane. I read ROOM in a day, it was so compelling. Now I'm hooked on these Michelle Moran Egypt-novels and they're keeping me up reading all night -- which has been a pleasure. Have a great, relaxing holiday.

  2. I totally agree, I read ROOM in a day too and it left a really big impression on me. I would be interested to hear what you think of it!

    Enjoy your holiday :)

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  4. I am one who did not like ROOM and found I couldn't recommend it to my blog readers.


    The escape from the room was too easy. The boy wouldn't have known to do all that, given his youth and total inexperience with the outside world.

    Another thing that put me off the book was the way the boy spoke. This is a kid who watched TV most of the day. His mother spoke with him in ordinary, everyday speech. He should have been speaking "like a normal person," not in that "precious," "cutesy" "child-speak" of his. Bleach! I felt I had to go take a long hot shower after reading that book.

    For me, the best book of 2010 was Jon Clinch's KINGS OF THE EARTH. After his gorgeous (but dark) debut novel, FINN, Clinch has shown he's a truly authentic American voice.

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