Morning Meanderings…. Vacation Books


This is my 4th day home since we returned to Minnesota from Mexico last Thursday evening.  My weekend was fairly uneventful.  I am still battling this cold/sinus infection so low energy and lots of laughing and blowing my nose have been priority.  I cleaned up our vacation laundry… but have not quite got the suitcases entirely cleaned out.  I read a little.  Cleaned my carpets.  Listened to audio.  Caught up on emails.

I always like to see what people are reading when on vacation.  I can not help myself but strain my neck to catch a title as I pass people with their noses in a book while at the pool or laying on the beach.  I no longer ask people about the book they are reading unless they speak to me first…. after the “incident” in Costa Rica many years ago.

The four of us, Al, myself, Justin, and Brad went to an all inclusive resort in Costa Rica.  The resort was beautiful and I spent most afternoons by the pool with a good book.  One day I was walking to the pool when I seen an older gentleman lounging with a copy of The Davinchi code in a different language.  That really should have been a clue.  But no…. I had enjoyed The Davinchi Code so I attempt to strike up a conversation with him, pointing excitedly at the book and rattling on about how much I had liked this book and what did he think of it?  (Picture Hermione talking excitedly about a new spell she has learned…. I imagine I looked something like that).


The man just stared up at me.


I smiled and walked away.  Now more than likely, he did not speak English.  Or he could have thought I was rude.  OR both.  Much like how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie pop; the world may never know.


Now…. I just look at the titles.

Here are a few of the books I seen in Cancun and this is only a few.  I also seen author names such as Debbie MaComber, Steve Berry, James Patterson, Danielle Steele, Nora Roberts….  I wanted to write down author names but I never did.


The books I read while in Cancun were : The Three Weissmanns of Westport and Maybe In Another Life.  I started The Butterfly Cabinet and read a bit of Angle of Declination given to me by one of the ladies in our group and written by a friend of her and her husband’s.


Today I will go to the library to meet with our Head Librarian to discuss the book in the bags and accompanying information to go with them. Book In The Bag is sponsored by the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library.  It is 10 copies of a popular title that can be checked out all at once for reading groups.   I am going to work with this program to help with questions to be included with each title, suggestions to take your discussion to the next level, and food that goes with the book.  I think this will be a fun project.

I am also sending out the letter today for our Annual Friends Meeting that will take place a week from today.  This is an open invite to all of our friends to join us for a potluck supper while we share the past years highlights as well as what is coming up for 2016.  At that time I will also be revealing the authors who have committed to Wine and Words 2016 so far.

I think Mondays may become library days. 🙂

11 thoughts on “Morning Meanderings…. Vacation Books

  1. I, like you, love to see what people are reading. I have twisted my body in many unnatural ways to see a cover. And I, like you, will make a comment to somebody if they are reading a book that I really enjoyed. So far, everybody I’ve spoken to spoke English. But that, of course, doesn’t mean they were happy for the interruption!

  2. The one thing I dislike about eReaders these day – can’t snoop on the beach LOL Nice to see some beach goers still reading real books.

  3. Add me to the snoopers – and I agree that e-readers make it difficult. That being said though, no one has to worry if they are reading a title that they might consider a bit embarrassing – like 50 Shades or the like. LOL

    I think all the projects and things that you do with your local library sound wonderful. They are so lucky to have you, Sheila. You make that library a better place and I know the staff sings your praises. I would if I worked there. 🙂

  4. hahahahaa… that’s so funny. I wonder if the man did speak English or not? I love to see what people are reading too. I am helping to start up a Friends of the Library group in our town (as soon as I’m done with my stint on the library board) and might need to pick your brain about some things.

  5. The dreaded incident at the pool in Costa Rica. Oh dear. Reading Kindles makes that kind of peeking impossible, and also, I like to see what people have on their book shelves in their homes, which Kindles partially replace.

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