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url 2016-12-04 20:35
Flavorwire: Bookish Getaways for Lit Lovers

As we enter the heart of winter, some of us are already dreaming up ways to escape the chill and vacation somewhere cozy with a good book. Taking that sentiment to the extreme, we’ve collected several bookish getaway spots to plan your next trip. From a hostel where you can sleep in a bookcase, to an immersive world worthy of a Dickens’ novel, here are some of the best book-inspired vacations.


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review 2015-02-25 01:47
The Vacationers
The Vacationers: A Novel - Emma Straub

This was my book club's most recent selection and book we discussed on Sunday. A "lighter" read was preferred by our group and this won the vote based on that assumption.  It was indeed a lighter read than our previous selections and overall it was thought to be slighter better than your average beach read.


Jim and Franny are trying to work things out in their 25+ years marriage and decide to go on a family vacation to Spain.  This includes their daughter Sylvia who just graduated from high school and is college bound as well as her much older brother Bobby and his much older girlfriend Carmen.  In addition, Franny's longtime best friend Charles and his husband Lawrence join them for their holiday.


Franny is bitter that Jim had an affair. Jim is weak and wimpy.  Sylvia is lost in her own world of angst but livens up a bit for handsome Juan, her Spanish tutor her mother arranged for the trip.  Bobby and Carmen have their own troubles and Carmen feels like the outsider who doesn't fit in with this family.  Charles and Lawrence are desperately trying to adopt a baby. Franny lights up like Christmas whenever Charles is around and once the two of them are together anyone else in the room becomes oblivious.  Once they all arrive in Spain drama, hysterics and folly result.


Despite some good reviews on this book I was surprised I did not enjoy it.  I didn't think any of the characters to be likable but Lawrence who seemed to be the only one of the cast who had any sense and sanity.  If you like beach reads and the lighter side when it comes to books than this is for you.  If like me, you need a bit more substance for a satisfying read then I wouldn't recommend this one.


How I acquired this book: Purchased at Barnes & Noble with giftcard from Christmas.

Shelf Life:  2 months

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review 2014-12-24 00:00
Vacations from Hell
Vacations from Hell - Libba Bray,Maureen Johnson,Claudia Gray,Cassandra Clare maybe i'm just not supposed to read these 'from hell' anthologies - the last one i read didn't do very much for me either, even though i'll be the first to admit that this one was a marginal improvement. i could still call upon my first review for an accurate description of how i feel about this one:

"a lot of the stories in this book followed the same basic tone: an admittedly bland main character/antagonist lead the way into some more-than-slightly predictable plotlines."

basically, this book went almost exactly like that, except that the main characters in the majority of the stories were actually pretty okay; the fact that i know and love most of these authors definitely helps this book out.

this was pretty good. the way it went was incredibly predictable, but the execution of it was pretty interesting. i've got a little bit of a crush on sarah mlynowski, to be honest, so getting to read her writing was enough to make this worth the time.

i don't like your girlfriend
this one was alright! it was predictable, and i thought the antagonist was overplayed in a cartoonish, disney villain kind of way but otherwise, it was a decent enough read.

the law of suspects
this story is the absolute best one in the book. this is the reason this book got three stars instead of two. this was a good, hair-raising, creepy crawly feeling story with a well-executed mythology and characters that i actually kind of liked. the ending was... confusing, but it was still good. i would've loved a full-length version of this story.

the mirror house
i hate this story -- absolutely detested it. the idea behind it was pretty good, something i would've liked to read, but the execution was just... exhausting. there were some horrible inaccuracies (like kingdom hearts 2 as a multiplayer xbox game) and it was pretty damn boring, actually. cassandra clare's writing is pretty damn boring. i don't know why, it's just so cushy and fluffy and generic, it drives me insane. i don't care too much for it.

nowhere is safe
i absolutely love libba bray! she's one of my favorite authors. this story, however, i did not love. i thought it was convoluted, poorly written, and overall, just.... bad. it was boring, drawn out, and it felt a little nonsensical to me sometimes, not to mention that libba's habit of making her characters a little nonchalant/sarcastic/douchey does not pan out very well in a horror setting for me, personally. if they don't take it seriously, if they portray the situation as laughable, then i conceive it that way. i love libba - really and truly, but this was a disappointing note to end this book on.
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