What’s on your vacation reading list?

I leave for my two-week summer vacation soon. Last year, I nailed my holiday reading pile. This is what I brought:

‘Act One’ by Moss Hart

‘The Possessed’ by Elif Batuman

‘Go With M’ by Castle Freeman

Here’s what makes a good vacation book pile for me:

1) Nothing overly ambitious.* I hate to haul a book across the country and either never actually pick it up or have a book so lengthy that it takes over my vacation.

2) The books should be dissimilar. I like to have range. Three mysteries novels would bore me. Last year’s list included a wry memoir of making it on Broadway, a collection of funny essays about literary criticism and graduate studies,** and a backwoods noir novella.

3) At least one has to be something that my boyfriend would be willing to read. I like to be able to share books.

What do you look for in a vacation read and what are you reading this summer?

*I don’t mean it needs to be chick lit. Just that it needs to be for my entertainment and not for betterment. Also under 500 pages. It can’t be the book equivalent of that four-hour Romanian movie about goat herding in my Netflix queue: the one that when it shows up in my house, I never get around to watching it.

**I swear ‘The Possessed’ really is funny.

–Stephanie Curtis, social media host

  • Timothy Bell

    1. Immortal Bird by Doron Weber

    2. The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis

    3. Annie Freeman’s Fabulous Traveling Funeral by Kris Radish

  • Scott Brazil

    1. The Fallen Angel by Daniel Silva

    2. Broken Harbor by Tana French

    3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

  • Sue Leaf

    On my list:

    In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

    The Summer of the Bear by Bella Pollen

    A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers by Henry David Thoreau

    I, too, like contrast. I want my “big” books to be engrossing and to transport me away to a different place. And I usually like to read one new non-fiction. Last year, I read David Brooks’ “The Social Animal” and learned a lot.

  • Suzanne

    I just added the book that you mentioned today about WFAN sports radio’s beginnings to my list. I’m currently reading “Paris, I Love You, But You’re Bringing Me Down.” quite funny.

  • stephanie

    I am dying to read Gillian Flynn’s book, too. I didn’t like Sharp Objects, her first book that much but the new one has gotten too good of reviews to pass up.

  • http://minnesota.publicradio.org/radio/programs/daily_circuit/ Emily Kaiser

    Prayer for Owen Meany

    Last Werewolf

    Great Gatsby

    Plus a neverending pile of books in my apartment that taunt me when I decide to watch Netflix or take a nap instead of reading.

  • Mary Zollman

    Tell the Wolves I’m Home By Carol Rifka Brunt

  • Chrs Q

    1) Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness (much anticipated sequel to A Discovery of Witches)

    2) World Without End by Ken Follett – Finally getting around to this one and really enjoying it!

    3) Cutting for Stone – by Abraham Verghese – as soon as the ebook becomes available from the library

    BTW (re: Emily’s list): A Prayer for Owen Meany is one of my favorite books of all time! I hope you enjoy it!

  • Linda Atella

    ‘Midnight in Peking’ by Paul French. Exciting page turner based on a true murder in 1930′s Peking.

  • Scott

    I’m memorizing the “Morning and Evening Prayers In The Himalayan Tradition” by Stephen Parker (Stoma) and Chandramani Sharma (published by Meditation Center/Yoga is Samadhi)

    and maybe I’ll get thru “Pronoia Is The Antidote For Paranoia: How the Whole World is Conspiring to Shower You with Blessings” by Rob Brezsny

  • Stephanie

    One of my friends, Deb, recommended The Marriage Plot. I have it on my shelf. I’ve saving it for a special time. I just know that I’ll love it. I think she is right; now is the right time for it.

    I love the idea of Gatsby. Kerri and I have been talking about the book a lot. Maybe that is the perfect book for Narragansett,