It’s Monday! is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.
We are back from our vacation to Australia, and after about a week of working and trying to sleep, the husband and I finally feel like we’ve shaken the jet lag.
The question I keep getting is, “was Australia amazing?” and the answer is yes! Our three weeks, despite some weather difficulties, was a wonderful mix of history and culture, wildlife, gorgeous scenery, wine-tasting, and just enjoying the Aussie way of life. I have to say, what made the biggest impression on me was how nice and easy-going all the Australians were. This was probably the least stressful trip we’ve ever taken (except for how expensive everything was).
We have 1300 (!) photos to go through, so here are just a few taken in or near Sydney. I admit the animal shots were taken at a great little animal park, but we have lots of other in-the-wild shots, including sea lions, emus, wallabies, echidnas (echidnae?), and even a crocodile and a tree python.
As for reading, I expected to read a lot, considering we had two 30-hour trips and four short flights within Australia. Thankfully I loaded up on books, and reading, as always, was part of the fun of travel.
My favorite reads on this trip: Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple, Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, A Blade of Summer Grass by Deanna Raybourn, and a review request from author Michelle Granas called Zaremba, or Love and the Rule of Law (not my favorite title but an excellent book).
My husband and I co-read Red Planet Blues by Robert J. Sawyer, which was good on action but weak on character. Similarly “okay” was Naomi Novik’s latest, Blood of Tyrants. And I didn’t like Cassandra Rose Clarke’s The Mad Scientist’s Daughter, which I read on the return home.
These reviews and a few more are coming soon! In the meantime, I’ve turned my attention to a longer, weightier novel, Daniel Deronda by George Eliot. George Eliot isn’t a good plane read, but now that I’m home I can sink my teeth into something heavier.
So Happy Monday! What are you reading?