I’ve been in a bit of a reading rut. I’ve started several books in a row that I just haven’t been able to get into including the latest Nicholas Sparks and several others that I’ve sampled on my Ipad. The sample option in the Itunes bookstore is really not good for me. I get excited and download samples of five or six new novels, devour the first 35 pages, and move on to the next sample, never committing to an entire book. So I decided I’d venture back into the world of actual hard copied books.
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail by Chery Strayed had caught my eye several times so I finally picked it up at Barnes Noble last week. It’s a memoir and tells the story of a woman, lost in life after her mother’s death and a divorce, who decides to hike the Pacific Coast Trail. I’m not a huge fan of non-fiction, but so far, I’m into it. I’ve only read about 100 pages, but already I’ve cried, cringed, and laughed. I’ll give you a final review when I finish-as of now, it’s a thumbs up.
The movie version of the book starring Reese Witherspoon is slated for release this fall. That makes me super excited. I love seeing a movie after I’ve read the book. It’s fun to see how what I envision in my mind compares to what is brought to life on the big screen.
The other book that has been on my bedside table lately is The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland. Our family is planning our first trip next month, and I’ll tell you what-this book could make a person crazy…and I love it. Not only does this book give great tips on visiting the park with kids and the best places to stay, eat, and play, it gives some secret “unofficial tips”, many helpful, some downright comical.
One of these “unofficial” tips is to give your kids a short haircut before you go. Apparently, “they will be cooler and more comfortable…and you’ll save the hassle of tangles and about 20 minutes of foo-fooing everyday”. Wow, seriously. If you have to give your daughter a bowl cut in order to get to the Disneyland gate on time, there may be some deeper issues going on.
Anyway, the crazy planner and researcher in me loves the daily trip plans. They give you a rough itinerary detailing what parts of the park to visit at what times to avoid crowds to maximize your trip. Shadd better strap on his fanny pack and be ready to rock, we are going to do Disneyland and do it big.
Well, these are the books on my bedside table. What have you been reading? Or better yet, what are your best Disneyland survival tips?
McKenzie P. “Bear”
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