I am pleased to report that not only did Chris and I have a fantastic time at the Dreams Resort in Puerto Vallarta Mexico, Eloise did just fine with my mom and dad, Gaga & Papa, for a whole week. I was really feeling the separation from her by day four, but our palapa server Ramon continued to bring me double piña coladas, so I managed to make it through. Ah sun and booze.
Apart from the obvious reasons to be excited about for my trip - time alone with Chris! sunshine! no dishes! no laundry! no interruptions! - I was ecstatic about the opportunity to read. In preparation I loaded my Kobo with 5 new books and actually managed to read two of them (see: no interruptions).
First up, The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff.
Okay, so this novel about early Mormons and polygamy isn't your typical beach read, but I was hooked by page one. Admittedly, I find this a fascinating topic but I equally enjoyed the way Mr. Ebershoff wrote his novel. Historical fiction paralleled with modern fiction, The 19th Wife alternates between the early days of the Mormon religion and one woman's crusade to end polygamy and a modern day mystery surrounding the conviction of a Sister Wife for the murder of her husband, as investigated by her excommunicated, gay son. Sound like a handful? It is. This book was also an interesting look (albeit fact-based historical fiction) at a religion I know nothing of and an entertaining story too.
And then there was Bossypants by Tina Fey.