Mailbox Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Marcia at the Printed Page.
We’re on vacation, but, as you know, a reader never rests! We’re always on the lookout for bookish treasures – new stores to explore, books of local interest to discover, and simply the excuse that since we’re on vacation it’s OK to treat ourselves (like ice cream every day)!
Here’s a photo of what I’m adding to my bags after our first week of vacation (below)
We went to Provincetown on Monday and I picked up this fun Great Women Rulers of Literture wooden ruler at Marine Specialties, a surplus store known simply as “the Army/Navy store” locally.
A few days later I bought a pin for my denim jacket (a sure sign I’m thinking about fall and back-to-school). It’s hard to see in the photo – the inner blocks says “I Read Banned Books” and has reproductions of The Color Purple and To Kill a Mockingbird on either side.
By Thursday we were ready to take a break from the beach. A little wet weather had the kids and I piling in the car to drive down to Hyannis where we visited the Cape Cod Potato Chips factory. The factory tour was minimal but fun, and we enjoyed the samples and special flavors we brought back to the beach house with us. (Yeah, I know, not book-related, but it explains what we were doing in Hyannis!)
Hyannis has the largest concentration of chain stores on the Cape. While we were there we popped into Borders and I picked up Rudyard Kipling’s Kim which I’m reading for the Newsweek 50 Books for our Times Reading Project hosted by My Friend Amy. I also got Steve Matin’s Shopgirl from the bargain rack; I haven’t yet read this novella, and how could I resist a $1 book!? The kids each picked a new book, too; they are also too fond of books!
Later in the week I took my 7-year-old to Where the Sidewalk Ends, a great indie bookstore in Chatham (yes, there will be a Spotlight on Bookstores coming up!). We were there for a signing with Hannah Roberts McKinnon, whose Middle Grade novel, Franny Parker, has been recently published by Farrar Straus Giroux. We purchased the book and a nice tote bag from the store. In a fun “it’s a small world” coversation, we discovered that McKinnon’s family and ours have good friends in common.
One week down, one to go … I’m looking forward to getting more goodies as we wind down our vacation and am seeking out books on local lore.
What books came into your hands this past week?