I'll be spending most of the week in South Jersey (and I mean very south) at my boyfriend's parents' house. His father is an Episcopal priest, so Easter is a pretty big deal. I've been told there will be lamb and marshmallow peeps involved. Even though the water won't be warm enough to actually use the beach, I am looking forward to being near it. I may not be a major shore enthusiast (I like being pale... and clothed), but I wouldn't be a Jersey girl if I didn't love a good boardwalk. At the very least, there will be an arcade in which I can lose at air hockey. Repeatedly.
I had a book-related dilemma in anticipation of this break. I finished both books I was reading earlier this week and I couldn't decide whether to start one of the other serious books I have on my bookshelf (literal bookshelf and on goodreads) or if I should pick something lighter that I can read quickly. My last few books were on the heavier, darker side, so I think I need to cleanse my mind-palate with something more akin to "summer reading." On the other hand, with a completely free week, it kind of seems like the perfect time to start a very time-consuming book. I reached a sort of compromise:
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern just seemed kind of fun and I knew I would be able to get through it in a couple of days, but it's surprised me so far. The writing tries a little too hard sometimes -- it's very florid and detailed -- but at least it has some style. The story is also drawing me in and it's more complex than I thought it would be. My last two books were a legal drama about the end of childhood and an academic history book, so I think it's time for a little magic.
A Good American by Alex George is about three generations of a German family living in Missouri. I haven't cracked it open yet, so I can't comment on its quality, but it was on at least one of those "Best Books of Summer 2012" lists.
If I finish these two before I have to go back to work, I'll continue working on my official list. The Corrections and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle are next at bat.
Come to think of it, I don't think I've ever had a paid vacation before this year. My job is really fun a lot of the time (I work with kids, so it's a lot of games and art projects), but after a particularly stressful month and the sunless length of this winter, "spring break" arrived not a moment too soon.