I don’t buy a lot of books. I prefer to check them out from the library. After all, the library has a nifty little system where I can go online at my convenience, reserve the books I want and then pick them up when I’m ready. (I can even check them out myself if the self-checkout computer is working, which is why I felt completely justified sneaking into the library today…wearing, basically, pajamas. I wasn’t going to talk to anybody! I know. Feel free to contact Stacy and Clinton immediately.)

The only problem with this system? (Aside from my descent into stereotypical SAHM-wear in public?) Sometimes it takes FOREVER to get a popular book. For example, I’m currently number 1,086 in line for a book that I requested about five months ago.

This week, however, the stars aligned and God smiled down upon my reading habit. Just in time for vacation, Mockingjay came in at the library. On top of that, the new Stephanie Plum book was released the day before I left town. And since I learned about the airport bookstore’s Read and Return program, I was able to stomach buying my own copy.

When I looked at my small stack of books for vacation, I had to laugh. Boy, do I have diverse tastes! The three books that landed in my suitcase were a historical Christian novel (Stars in the Night by Cara Putman), the final book in a young adult sci-fil trilogy (Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins), and the latest in a slightly raunchy but extremely funny detective series (Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich). And you know what?

I will love them all.

Speaking of reading, I have made some headway in my classics reading list and spring reading list. If you count the half of Pride & Prejudice and half of The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy that I’ve read (combined with the entire Catcher in the Rye), then I’ve read two whole books off that list.

As for my spring/summer reading list, I have read – and enjoyed – several more of those books. Love Remains, A Heart Most Worthy, Save the Date and A Cowboy’s Touch were all great Christian novels. (Although A Cowboy’s Touch had a dreadful cover and boring description. I’m glad I didn’t judge that one too quickly!) I also read Eve and The Sixth Man, and loved them both. Finally, I read Quitter and will probably read it again.

I’ve still got a few books on my list – and a few more on my bedside table. What are you reading right now? And what kind of books do you like to take on vacation?

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