Take A Trip by Carlene Moore
March always screams “Spring Break” to me, no matter how old I get. With winter taking its time coming to a close, the travel itch seems to have my soul begging to be scratched by being flown far away to some warm, sunny destination where I can relax, recoup, and pass the days with long bike rides and drinks in coconuts.
Unfortunately my current work schedule doesn’t allot a week for sun, sand, and shenanigans, so this year, I’m getting away with a book. Some of my favorites to take me far away include:
- The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski. I love to curl up and get lost in the Wisconsin wilderness with the young, mute boy who was driven out of his house by tragedy. Following just the boy and his dogs through their journey also helps me to realize that even if I’m not able to head down to Mexico for 7-days of pool hopping, I have it pretty good right where I am.
- Speaking of a journey, it is possible to go on a real adventure right from your couch with Life of Pi by Yann Martel. The ending alone is well worth the read. Plus after you battle through all of the high-seas suspense in this novel, you can relax by seeing the movie version of it, which was just released After which you’ll of course have to tell your friends that “the book was way better.” Subtle bragging of your avid reading is definitely allowed.
- I have to admit, I haven’t actually read Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed yet but have heard such phenomenal things about it (I mean, it’s rare that Oprah’s Book Club let’s me down) so it’s topping my March list. I imagine it to be an insightful A Walk in the Woods full of trials, tribulations, and a peak-perspective ending. I can’t wait to get started!
If you are one of the lucky spring breakers-to be, however, who will find themselves in some glorious destination this year, don’t worry about having the book take you away, rather enjoy a vacation read next to the pool. Some good choices for this circumstance are:
- Anything by David Sedaris. Vacation is about kicking back and letting it all go. One of the quickest ways to get there is through laughter, and David Sedaris will have you laughing in spades with revelations like, “High school taught me a valuable lesson about glasses: Don’t wear them. Contacts have always seemed like too much work, so instead I just squint, figuring that if something is more than ten feet away, I’ll just deal with it when I get there.” (When You Are Engulfed in Flames) Plus since most of his books are compilations of short stories, you can enjoy some literary moments between ocean waves without worrying about losing your place or over-committing.
- Twelve by Nick McDonell. Although the plot of the book seems a bit morose for Spring Break, (it’s about a new drug that wealthy teens in Manhattan get their hands on), it’s a great reminder not to overdue the weeklong party. Plus it’s fascinating, a quick read, easy to carry (although with Kindles and iPads, does this still matter?), and inspiring since Nick wrote it at the mere age of 17.
- A guilty pleasure book. Last time I laid by the pool I read…yes, I’m embarrassed to admit it…My Horizontal Life by Chelsea Handler. Why? Well, it was easy to read, it was lighthearted, I didn’t have to put a lot of – okay any – thought into it, and quite frankly, I’d be embarrassed to pull out a guilty pleasure book where someone may recognize me, but no one knew me on Spring Break. So pull out your Chelsea Handlers, your Twilight series, your Mitch Albom novels and go nuts. Spring Break is a time to indulge.
Wherever you are this March, I hope that your nose finds its way into a book! It’s often the warmest, most exciting place to be.
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