As many of you dear readers know, a few months back, Tony & I got engaged. What some of you may not know is that we're getting married ONE WEEK from today. Crazy, but true! If you've been wondering at the relatively sporadic stream of updates over the past month or two, I think we can probably blame frantic wedding planning...
But this post is not about weddings. Not really. It's a call to arms, where I ask fellow readers to help me plan my reading pile that I'll drag along with us for our week-long honeymoon. We'll be driving Pip down to Charleston, SC, where we'll spend five days, and then we'll be spending 3 days in Savannah, GA. And yes, pictures will follow! On my last pseudo-vacation back in May, I tried bringing one loooooong book with me, figuring that would cut back on my needing to haul many tomes with me. Only that didn't pan out so well, because about 350 pages into the looooong book, I started to get bored, and consequently didn't do much reading. So for our honeymoon, I don't want to be caught emptyhanded and plan to bring several books with me just to keep all my bases covered.
I have two categories of books I'm specifically looking for, so hopefully everyone will get to play! If you know of any books that fall into either category (or both!), please let me know so that my honeymoon (and the rest of this summer) can be a reading success!
1. Southern Fiction
I know that Maggie over at Maggie Reads
has been hosting a Southern Reading Challenge, so hopefully some of y'all can help me out with my specific request. I'm particularly looking for any literature set in Charleston or Savannah to accompany me on my trip. I'm already planning to bring John Berendt's Midnight In The Garden of Good And Evil
with me (is there a more "Savannah" novel than that?) and Margaret Mitchell's Gone With The Wind
(perhaps not strictly a Savannah read, but we're going to see plantations, so close enough). So maybe I have Savannah covered (but don't let that stop you if you know of some other great reads that are set there or even just pass on through), but so far Charleston's been a complete bust. Everything set there (or in the vicinity) looks to be trashy romance novels or just general pulpy stuff I've no interest in reading. Anyone know of anything good set or written there? I may wind up bringing our little collection of Edgar Allen Poe, since he was a fan of the region (particularly Sullivan's Island, I believe), even if he does seem a bit macabre for a honeymoon. As an extension, I'm happy to accept suggestions set in the Carolinas or Georgia, even if you can't get them square in those particular cities.
2. "Summer-y" Classics
I want to read more classics, but so many of them just don't "feel" like summer reading. As much as I want to tackle Great Expectations
, it just doesn't seem like the kind of book to read on the beach or by the pool (more like the kind of book to read curled up on your couch with a mug of tea in hand and puppies warming your feet). So can any of you suggest some great summer reads that would also be construed as classics? I've already done Forster's Room With A View
last summer, and I do have a copy of The Count of Monte Cristo
I need to get back to at some point (but recall me not wanting to haul a huge 1000+ book with me on vacation), so no need to suggest those. Also, Jane Austen's a given and goes without saying (so, you know, don't say her!). But what else should I try? I realize I'm not giving much direction here, but surely some of you know what I mean when I say certain classics feel summer-y and others don't, right? Like: Vanity Fair
by Thackeray, yes; Wuthering Heights
, no; The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
, yes; Dracula
, no; All The King's Men
by Warren, yes; Bleak House
, hell no! It's totally arbitrary, I know, and yet I unerringly feel like most classics fall into Autumn & Winter reading... So help me, please! What classics have you successfully read and enjoyed in the summer months?
Hopefully I'll wind up with more requests than I can reasonably handle over our honeymoon, but that's not a bad problem to have! I'll look forward to reading things even once I return back to Nashville.