Vacation Book Suggestions From The RT Staff

In honor of July 4th, I polled the office to see what everyone would be reading as they were beachside, barbequing and spending time with family this long weekend. Here's are their suggestions for the best books to pack in your suitcase or beach bag:

  RT Managing Editor Liz French suggests you grab a copy of a Stieg Larsson mystery. "Right before I went to Europe for a one-week trip, I attended a reading at the local mystery bookshop and spied the paperback release of The Girl Who Played With Fire, book two in Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy. I had read book one, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, last year and was salivating to read book three, The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest, which had just released in the U.S. The Girl Who Played With Fire was a fantastic vacation read, even better than book one, IMHO. Plus, the paperback version was infinitely portable and packable. If you haven't read it yet, I'd say get thee down to the local book shoppe and pick up a copy. Then you'll be ready to read book three in hardcover format, in the comfort of your own home."
  Stephanie Klose, RT's Senior Editor and Reviews Coordinator, can't wait to get her hands on a good thriller. "I'm looking forward to diving into Gregg Hurwitz's They're Watching. I already know that I like Hurwitz's writing and I love the concept — normal guy finds a DVD in his morning paper that's footage of him at home shot from outside his window, thrilling hijinks ensue. I'm fully expecting a rock 'em sock 'em barnburner of a book, exactly what I want for a summer read."
  Senior Editor Elissa Petruzzi suggests trying something off your beaten path ... "I am a huge YA fan, but I figured, for my recent vacation, why not try something new? So I hit up historical romance fan Whitney for some inspiration. I gave her some parameters: no plot holes, no huge plot contrivances, and she pointed me toward Eloisa James' Pleasures trilogy. I picked up Potent Pleasures, James' debut, and loved it! The romance, the shenanigans, the dresses! It was a fun and delightful way to pass my plane ride. Now I can't wait to tackle book two!"

Morgan Doremus, the RT Web Editor, warns her choice is graphic - don't even read her suggestion if you are going to be near a plane this vaction. " The good news: Air travel is the safest form of transportation. The bad news: There are thousands of moving parts on an airplane and a problem with any one of them can lead to a major system failure. More good news: When a plane crashes, there is a group of scientists and engineers trained to find the problem and make sure it doesn't happen again. More bad news: The carnage after a plane crash is like nothing else you can imagine. The best news: Crashers, the debut thriller novel by Dana Haynes, is out now and will take the reader through a terrorist orchestrated plane crash and the subsequent investigation. Be prepared for an unbelievable adrenaline rush that you won't soon forget."

  Karl Kablisk, our webmaster, picked an installation of Robert N. Charette's Shadowrun: Never Trust An Elf. Why did this title make the cut? "It is a story of action and mystery with a cast of interesting characters. The Shadowrun Universe is unique to itself, maybe somewhat similar to steampunk this setting is dubbed 'cyberpunk'. Taking place in the future, it's definitely one of my favorites. I recommend it if you like the cyberpunk setting."
  Diana Tedesco, from customer service, recommends a mainstream title you won't soon forget. It's Wally Lamb's She's Come Undone. Diana says, "It's depressing but still really good. I liked that it was the journey through somebody's entire life span" - no matter what troubles you are escaping from - this book will make your life look a little bit better in comparison!
  And my suggestion? That's easy, it's my standby "I can only fit one book in my bag" book. Prince Charming by Julie Garwood. So much happens in this historical romance that the story defies category. And it's got everything you could want from a classic romance novel. There's a brooding hero, a heroine with a mission, an arranged engagement, a sea voyage, a kidnapping — and that's only in the first 50 pages!


I hope this list gives you some reading inspiration for this holiday weekend. And I want to know, what are you going to be reading while you relax?