Smoky Mountain Vacation

May 12, 2008 at 8:43 am | Posted in Books, Reading, My Life with Books, Historical Fiction, Barnes & Noble, Family, LibraryThing, entertainment | 5 Comments
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Greetings from Gatlinburg, TN, located in heart of the Great Smoky Mountains. It’s beautiful here despite the rain and I’ve enjoyed seeing my parents (I haven’t see my mother on Mother’s Day for at least 10 years), siblings, in-laws, nieces, and nephews. The kids did a great job on the drive. Even if they hadn’t, it’s just nice being out of the Roanoke Valley.

Although we’ll be away from home for 9 days, I’m planning on getting some good reading in:

  • Taking Lisa’s advice from Books on the Brain, I rented Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O’Nan from the library.
  • I snagged the latest book by Patrick McGrath, Trauma on the way to the checkout desk I was at the library.
  • The Story of Forgetting by Stefan Merrill Block, which I received through a trade with another Early Reviewer on LibraryThing.
  • I picked up The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani for under $5 at Barnes and Noble last week. I’ve been wanting to read this since I read a review by Divia on HistoricalFiction.org.
  • Finally, I’m finishing up The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir. I’d love to say that I’m loving it, but it’s just okay. No offense to Last Night at the Lobster, but I shouldn’t be looking forward to my next book. I should be savoring this one. Sigh…
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  1. Re: “The Lady Elizabeth” – so sad!!! Did you read “Innocent Traitor”? Does it compare unfavorably with that book? Oh, I’m so disappointed!

  2. I just picked up The Lady Elizabeth from the library. I absolutely loved Blood of Flowers when I read it as well.

  3. Sounds like a lot of good choices! Enjoy your trip.

  4. Ooh the Blood of Flowers under $5, nice deal! My B&N never has anything good.

  5. Darn, you’re not back yet! I wanted to see how you liked “Lobster”.


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