I am heading out on vacation today for almost two weeks. I am very excited. Our kids have been coming and going all summer but this is our first and only time away the five of us. We’re going to Spain and Portugal.

As always, I’m bringing too many books with me (my rule of thumb is always to bring two times as many books as you think you’ll read) but I’ve spent a while thinking about them and curating the pile. Here they are:

And Then There Were None and I’ll Give You The Sun (not in this pic) are included to satisfy the unread classic and book-to-movie-in-2019 categories of the EDIWTB 2019 Reading Challenge.

In other updates, I had the amazing chance to hang out with my favorite author, J. Ryan Stradal, when he was in DC two weeks ago. We talked baseball, books, 80s music, and more, and of course I had to share my intense love for Kitchens Of The Great Midwest. I don’t *think* Ryan thinks I am a stalker. He did ask me for a ride to his hotel, which I doubt he would have done if he’d feared being abducted. Here we are:

Nicole and I have been busy recording podcast episodes, so there won’t be any interruption while I am gone. Please keep tuning in to The Readerly Report!

Have a great two weeks everyone! If I have time, I will post reviews of what I’ve read on the trip. Otherwise, I’ll post on my return.


  • Lindsay Spector
    August 12, 2019 - 8:39 am | Permalink

    You are going to LOVE The Housekeeper and the Professor!!! Have a great trip!

  • August 12, 2019 - 9:00 am | Permalink

    Have a great trip with your family!

  • Mary Dominick
    August 12, 2019 - 10:09 am | Permalink

    You deserve a good vacation! Don’t write!!
    Mary Dominick-Coomer, Aspen

  • August 12, 2019 - 4:48 pm | Permalink

    I’m jealous of your vacation and of the fact that you get to read Plainsong for the first time. I adored it.

    Have a fabulous vacation!

    • gayle
      August 24, 2019 - 3:24 pm | Permalink

      Thanks! I didn’t get to it. 🙁

  • Susie
    August 13, 2019 - 9:41 am | Permalink

    You are so pretty! First time I’ve seen what you look like. Have a fabulous trip!

    • gayle
      August 24, 2019 - 3:24 pm | Permalink

      Thank you on both counts!!

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