Weekly Geeks 2009/19 — Happy Memorial Day

Weekly Geeks

Weekly Geeks time everyone! This one is a holiday themed one (being as it’s Memorial Day). So, I guess, first things first:

Happy memorial Day
HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!!!

Now for the Weekly Geeks topic:

Again with Memorial Day Weekend here in the U.S. starting traditionally on Friday evening, it also is unofficially the start of summer. You’ve probably been asked this in other meme groups in which you participate, but do your reading habits change over the summer? Do you choose lighter fare? What do you enjoy to take to the beach, for example? What is the ultimate summer book? OR what are your favorite travel guides — official or unofficial guides? Again, an example, I think of Holidays In Hell by P.J. O’Rourke, of places I’d rather not vacation. Along those lines, where do you vacation? Any places you recommend or even don’t recommend?

My reading habits do not, in fact, change during the summer. The only times my reading habits change is during Halloween and Christmas, when I tend to read appropriately traditional books for the specific holiday.  But Summer is just a continuation of my regular reading habits.

However, if I had to pick, what more “summery” reads I would recommend?

Jimmy Buffett wrote two great books that would work well for sitting on the beach, listening to the surf and reading. The first is a collection of stories called Tales From Margaritaville.

Tales From Margaritaville

It’s a surprisingly fun and clever collection from a first time writer (Jimmy’s written several books since this one). I honestly did not expect to like it as much as I did. Which led me to read his second book, and his first attempt at a full length novel story, Where is Joe Merchant?

Where is Joe Merchant?

This is another, very casual, but very fun story I enjoyed from start to finish.  It follows a group of people in search of rock star, Joe Merchant, who supposedly committed suicide many years ago but keeps popping up in tabloid headlines.  Definitely a rollicking summer read.

Okay, how about travel guides?  There is one in particular that my wife and I found extremely helpful on our trip to Paris in 2007.  It had tons of information and several great suggestions of sites to see that we never would have found on our own.  It was Rick Steves’ Paris.

Rick Steves Paris

If you ever plan on traveling anywhere in Europe, take a gander at all of the Rick Steves books. They are fantastic. I know if Steph and I ever make the trip to London or Rome, Rick Steves is the travel guide we will pick up.

So, I hope everyone has a great Memorial Day and enjoys the day off.  We’ll be grilling burgers and brats for dinner.  See you later this week.

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8 Responses to “Weekly Geeks 2009/19 — Happy Memorial Day”

  1. Hope you have a safe and happy Memorial Day! Hopefully it will stop raining long enough tonight for us to grill out…

    • Yeah, it was raining very heavily here in Jax until Memorial Day, when it suddenly stopped and became beautiful. That was a nice change.

  2. Buffett seems like very appropriate summer reading fare. I’ve never heard of Rick Steve, but I will definitely take a gander at his travel books.

  3. Как там у вас с погодой? Давно не писали

  4. I hadnt heard of any of these before. The Rick Steves travel books sound interesting.

  5. p.s. you must read Odd Thomas! I really liked that one and the second in the series, Forever Odd.

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