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Holiday Reading!

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I’m going away for a week of holiday. Yes, lucky me! I will be spending a week in the Dominican Republic with my family. My family actually consists of about twenty people; my husband, myself and our two grown kids; my husband’s three siblings, their spouses, a bunch of their kids and grandkids, and even my mother-in-law. This has become an annual tradition, and an opportunity for as many of us as possible to get together in a place where we can enjoy quality time with one another. We all love it and look forward to it with great excitement.

It’s also a chance for me to do some reading, the kind of reading that I don’t get to do at home. Obviously, I, like many of you, read a lot. But often the kind of reading that I do is somehow linked to the kind or writing that I do. I read a lot of historical fiction, a lot of war-related stories, and a lot of Y.A. novels. When I go on my annual beach vacation, I try to read stuff I might not otherwise pick up.

I did an informal poll amongst my family members to see what they were bringing to the beach this year. I thought I’d pass this on in case you’re looking for something to read. Here’s what they said. My husband, who is a history and politics buff, will be reading Barack Obama’s book, The Audacity of Hope. He’s also bringing Bel Canto, by Ann Patchett. My daughter says she will be reading The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch (I read it too, and it’s quite inspiring). One niece is reading Jodi Piccoult’s book, My Sister’s Keeper (a great beach read, but by the time you’ve read a couple of her books, they all begin to sound the same). Another niece is reading Stephanie Meyer’s book, Twilight (so many kids I speak to in schools are devouring this book). My sister-in-law will be reading The Reader by Bernhard Schlink (now a block buster movie). Another sister-in-law is reading Lessons from Jacob by Ellen Schwartz (a beautiful true story of a disabled and courageous little boy and his family). A brother-in-low is reading Gratitude by Joseph Kertes. Another brother-in-law has picked up Mordecai Richler; An Oral Biography by Michael Posner. As for me, I am planning to bring The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold, and Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky ( also a war book – I guess I can’t get too far away from the stuff I always read).

There are more books that we are bringing, but this list should do for now. The good news is that many of us will be able to trade books while we are away. It’s like a built-in lending library right on the beach! I’ll let you know which books are hits and which are misses. I’ll still be posting my blogs while I’m away, but I hope that all of you have a chance to do some good quality reading over the next couple of weeks. Enjoy!

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Kathy Kacer

Kathy Kacer is an award-winning children's author whose focus is historical fiction and true stories about the Holocaust. Her many books include The Secret of Gabi's Dresser, Clara's War, The Underground Reporters, Hiding Edith and The Diary of Laura's Twin.

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