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Travel Reading Meme

I got this meme from Blonde Momentos and it looks like fun.

1. What book are you reading right now? Do you like it?
I’m reading Living for Design: The Yves Saint Laurent Story by Axel Madsen. It’s probably out of print since it was published in 1979. It was in a bag of books that my mother gave me that she wanted to get rid of. I thought I’d read my way through any that looked interesting before donating them. This one is interesting but it does feel a little dated.

2. What was the last book you read on a plane?
I read White Rose (War of the Roses) by R. Garcia y Robertson on the plane on the way back from Amsterdam. It was a bit of fluff to get my mind off the fact that the vacation was over. The basic premise was that a woman from modern day Hollywood is transported in time back to England during the War of the Roses. The disappointing part of it was that it was the third book in a trilogy, but the ending was completely up in the air. So, either the author plans to write another book, or we are left completely guessing. Either way I’m not sure that I recommend it.

3. What was the last book you read on a roadtrip?
On the way back from San Diego on New Year’s Day I was reading Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table by Ruth Reichl. A good foodie book, I really enjoyed it.

4. What is the most unusual place you found yourself reading?
Some people think it’s unusual that I can read while in motion, on the train or in the car (while someone else is driving of course). I don’t find it unusual, though. I like to read whenever and wherever I get the chance.

5. What books would you take to keep you occupied on a 2 week vacation to the beach?
Can it be a vacation to a beach in Italy? Let’s see I think I’d take five:

The Wedding Officer: A Novel by Anthony Capella. This the same author who wrote The Food of Love, a charming story of a girl who goes to Rome and falls in love with a cook. This book looks like it takes place in Naples and carries on the tradition of mixing romance with cooking, so I’m sure it would be a fun thing to read on vacation.

The Italian Lover by Robert Hellenga. Here’s another safe bet that I’m interested in reading. It’s the sequel to Sixteen Pleasures, which I really enjoyed.

Living in a Foreign Language: A Memoir of Food, Wine, and Love in Italy by Michael Tucker. It’s always nice to read a travel memoir while on vacation. This one is by former LA Law star and takes place in Umbria.

A Donna Leon “Commissario Guido Brunetti” mystery. I’ve only just recently read one of this series (Aqua Alta), so any of the others will do. It’s nice to have one page turner mystery in your beach bag.

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón - This one takes place in Barcelona, not Italy (but perhaps my vacation is a week on the Italian Riviera and a week in Southern Spain, that sounds like a nice plan.) Anyway, Kim just mentioned this one and it sounds like a good read.

Comments (10)

Oooo I've wanted to read Tender at the Bone since reading Reichl's Garlic and Sapphires a few months ago. I heard it's very good.

Oooo I've wanted to read Tender at the Bone since reading Reichl's Garlic and Sapphires a few months ago. I heard it's very good.

I really enjoyed The Sixteen Pleasures and didn't know there was a sequel. Going to put that one on my list - thanks!


I loved the Shadow of the Wind...it's one of my favorites.

Lisa, now that I've read Tender at the Bone, I'm excited to read Garlic and Sapphires. I'm glad to hear that it's also going to be a good one.

Annie, it didn't seem like Sixteen Pleasures was the type of book to have a sequel, but it's definitely on my list, too.

Jill, thanks for another endorsement of Shadow of the Wind - it sounds so interesting.

Now, I just need that beach vacation in Italy and Spain so I can do all this reading... sigh

You all probably know this but just in case...there's another Ruth Reichl book in the series...Comfort Me with Apples. I loved them all but that one is my favorite.

Annie, actually thanks for pointing that out. I just check Amazon and the order that they were written is: Tender at the Bone, Comfort Me with Apples and then Garlic and Sapphires. So, Comfort Me with Apples is next on my list.


Definitely read Shadow of the Wind - we're discussing it at my book club tonight. I want Chris and Becky to read it but if they're not interested or if you don't mind waiting, I can send you my copy (which someone actually gave to me).


Krista, Our taste in reading is very similar. The Food of Love is one of my all time favorites.
And my "Foodies" book club has read several of Ruth Reichl's books.
I'd like to recommend a few other books by foodies that you might enjoy.
The Lost Ravioli Recipies of Hoboken by Laura Schenone.
Insatiable by Gael Greene
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

Deborah, I will definitely add the first two of your recommendations to my reading list. As for Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, I loved it, thanks for reminding me about it. I just did a blog entry about it.

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