What books are packed in YOUR suitcase?

Where Cindy will be reading...

Cindy: Spring Break is drawing nigh for me and the most agonizing part (besides swim suit shopping) is selecting the books to pack! I spend far more time choosing my reading material than my accessories–and I am all about jewelry. Now, some books I have to take to keep up with Lynn for the blog or because she has thrust them at me telling me I HAVE to take them. And I always do what she says! Others will be pure beach read entertainment, one will be an adult book, another will be an overlooked title I’ve always wanted to read, and one will be a thick fantasy book with a review deadline that I’ll never meet before leaving town. Left at home will be books that are too sad to read on vacation (like Laurie Halse Anderson’s Wintergirls that I need to read soon, but not on vacation) and books that are too large in trim size or that I don’t want to risk spilling sun tan lotion or beverages on. Here are a few that are in the running, but before I snap the bags shut, what am I forgetting? And, if you missed our whining about the new airline suitcase fee regulations from January, check it out here. Really, how is a librarian supposed to travel under such horrid conditions?

  • The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han (I loved Shug, and have high hopes for this one).
  • All That Glitters by David VanEtten (We raved about the first book in the Likely Story series on our old blog and our BBYA teen enthusiasm is still going strong for this series–there was a fight over the arc of #3–so I need to catch up with the girls).
  • Dull Boy by Sarah Cross (Awesome cover on a book about a teen with superpowers–maybe he could help me with my luggage!)
  • Larry and the Meaning of Life by Janet Tashjian (I’m a huge Larry fan and never got to this latest installment last year–and I could use a dose of Thoreau wisdom in my crazed life).
  • The Entomological Tales of Augustus T. Percival: Petronella Saves Nearly Everyone by Dene Low (Lynn read this and liked it).

Lynn: My husband and I will be traveling to Chicago with my son and grandsons for a short trip. The little boys are vibrating with excitement about going to the Field Museum to see REAL dinosaur bones, to the aquarium and to Lincoln Park Zoo. My husband and I (just the two of us!) are going later in the spring to Virginia so I need to choose a lot of books to pack! Some I want to read to keep up with Cindy but most are just enticing books that look wonderful for a relaxing vacation read. We’re going to be driving on both trips so I can pack as many books as my back seat will hold! My husband is almost as much of a reader as I am so if you see a car with the tires squatting – it may be us! And by the way, Cindy doesn’t ALWAYS do what I tell her!

  • Two Parties, One Tux, and a Very Short Film About the Grapes of Wrath by Steven Goldman (our book club kids LOVE this and are nagging me to read this -but they don’t have to nag very hard)
  • Den of Thieves by Julia Golding (I adore this series and we are going to be posting about it as soon as I get the third one read)
  • The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly (Can’t wait for this one either)
  • Dragons of Ordinary Farm by Tad Williams & Deborah Beale (Dragons, an adult fantasy author I love – what’s not to like?)
  • The Outlandish Adventures of Liberty Aimes by Kelly Easton (I really enjoyed the YA books by this author and am eager to read about the very curious Liberty)
  • Dull Boy by Sarah Cross (I saw this one first!)
  • Mare’s War by Tanita S. Davis (Road trip and a hip grandmother!)
  • Mystery of Grace by Charles de Lint (I will read ANYTHING by Charles de Lint and this one set in the southwest looks awesome)

There are more but I’ll stop. We hope your spring break will be or was great. Let us know if there is something fabulous we need to wedge into our bulging bags!



About the Author:

Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

3 Comments on "What books are packed in YOUR suitcase?"

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  1. scopenotes@gmail.com' Scope Notes says:

    Thanks for sharing your picks! I’m not leaving town, but I do hope to accomplish some reading. I’m calling it my Goodreads Spring Cleaning:

    “Toby Alone” by Timothee de Fombelle. A tiny civilization living on a tree. I actually just finished this one today and quite like it.

    “My Unwilling Witch Goes to Ballet School” by Hiawyn Oram and Sarah Warburton. I’ve been neglecting girl readers lately, so this is an attempt to fill that gap. An illustrated novel that looks promising.

    “The Potato Chip Puzzles (The Puzzling World of Winston Breen, Book #2)” by Eric Berlin. I liked the first “Winston Breen”, so I’m looking forward to this continuation of the series.

    Enjoy your breaks!

  2. crzy4bookslaura@gmail.com' Laura says:

    You’re right–Wintergirls is NOT vacation reading. I think this is an amazing book, but not one you’d want to have while trying to relax. I’m a huge fan of Larry too–can’t wait to hear what you think about the newest installment. What will I read this vacation?

    !. Also Known as Harper (Leal)
    2. Something, Maybe (Scott)
    3. Fairy Lust (Balog)
    4. Sleepaway Girls (Calonita–I love me a summer camp book!)

    Have a great and relaxing vacation!

  3. aperrigo@alleganlibrary.org' Ann says:

    Cindy–Did you say you are going with the fam to Mexico? If so, I sure hope you ended up packing Into the Beautiful North! I love reading books set in the places I’m visiting, and this was a good one. Hope you’re having a great time, and that there’s an internet connection somewhere!

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