On one of the best vacations we ever had (when we went to Acapulco and found a scorpion in the bathtub), I read 10 books in 6 days. I am not making this up. The resort was mostly deserted, the pineapple and mango were fresh-cut every day, the rum drinks were stellar, the pool was perfectly situated within stumbling distance of the ocean, and so we basically sat around reading. It was divine. I am not the only person going on this trip who feels that a nice supply of books is a necessary ingredient of a delicious vacation.
The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse, but things just didn't work out between us.
What else can I do? I checked out some of the titles on NPR's summer booklist, but as spectacularly nerdulent as I am, not many of these books sound very ... er, exciting? Just based on the titles alone, the list is a little too highbrow for me. And I should have remembered that I only ever got one good book recommendation from NPR anyway: The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, which I read last year. Loved that, and the sequel. The rest? Eh.
(Don't even get me started on Oprah's book club selections. I've read two, and that was probably two too many, not counting the actual classics that I read in college anyway.)
All of this is a long was of saying: I have a lot of book shopping to do in the coming weeks. And while I do that, let me get into this week's trivia, which is all about books.
(Oh, and by the way, I realize that my "trivia" is really more like a game of "Scattergories" or "Stump the Schwab" or something, but too bad.)
Can you answer the following?
- Three mystery authors
- Three romance authors
- Three horror or thriller authors
- Three nonfiction or memoir writers
- Three sci-fi, fantasy, or "occult" writers
- Three books about the beach or set at the seashore
- Three books about stuff that happens to someone on vacation or while traveling
- Three books about places to visit
- Three books that were made into movies
- Three books that were mentioned or appeared in the TV show "Lost"