Since my trip is purely for pleasure, I'm bringing a stack of books, although what usually happens is, out of a stack of five, I may ACTUALLY READ, one. Here are a few of the titles in my bag:
Barbery, Muriel. The Elegance of the Hedgehog. [F BAR]
Rene, a secretly cultured concierge at an elegant apartment building in the middle of Paris, meets Paloma, an intelligent twelve-year-old who behaves like a mediocre pre-teen until a wealthy Japanese man arrives at the building, causing Paloma and Rene to recognize each other's secrets.
Grahame-Smith, Seth. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance-- Now With Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem. [F GRA]
A mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton--and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she's soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy.
Leininger, Bruce. Soul Survivor: The Reincarnation of a World War II Fighter Pilot. [133.901 LEI]
This is the story of James Leininger, who—-a little more than two weeks after his second birthday—-began having blood-curdling nightmares that just would not stop. When James began screaming out recurring phrases like, "Plane on fire! Little man can't get out!" the Leiningers finally admitted that they truly had to take notice.
When details of planes and war tragedies no two-year-old boy could know continued—-even in stark daylight—-Bruce and Andrea Leininger began to realize that this was an incredible situation.
Mazetti, Katarina. Benny & Shrimp. [F MAZ]
Why is it so impossible to get a relationship between two middle-aged misfits to work? The answer lies in the story of Shrimp, a young widowed librarian with a sharp intellect and a home so tidy that her jam jars are in alphabetical order; Benny, a gentle, overworked milk farmer who fears becoming the village?s Old Bachelor; and an unlikely love that should not be as complicated as it seems. Reminiscent of the works of Carol Shields, this quirky, humorous, beautifully told novel breathes new life into the age-old conundrum that is love.
Merullo, Roland. Breakfast With Buddha. [F MER]
When his sister tricks him into taking her guru on a trip to their childhood home, Otto Ringling, a confirmed skeptic, is not amused. Six days on the road with an enigmatic holy man who answers every question with a riddle is not what he'd planned. But in an effort to westernize his passenger—and amuse himself—he decides to show the monk some "American fun" along the way.See you next week!