2015 Diversity Reading Challenge Books

How to Pack Books for Your Vacation

It’s Summer!!! Now’s the time to get serious about your relaxing. But wait a minute, what will you read on YOUR vacation?? You can’t leave you summer reads to chance. You gotta take some serious thought to how you will fit all those books in your suitcase, right?


Oopsies, well that might not be your suitcase, but THAT’S where you’ll be wanting to relax with a smoothie and a book, right?

So. How many books do you pack?

I like to pack 3 books.


As you can see, there’s just one book packed in there. Not three. It’s an example people, work with me here!

So. I like to pack 3 books. The first book I pack goes in my carryon with me. I need quick access to a book because I start reading at the airport while waiting in line to be tortured by TSA. It should be moderately interesting.

Your 2nd and third books are the keys to vacation success.

The second book should be the one you just can’t put down! Looooooong stretches poolside are gobbled up by getting lost in a book. Whatever your genre is, THAT is your book. The one you’ve been LONGING to read.

Your third book should be an easier book. You’ll be wrapping up your vacation and so you don’t want anything too heavy cuz you’ll prolly be packing and easily distracted and you don’t want to hafta try to keep up with a heavy story. Plus, if you doze on on the plane, you won’t struggle too hard to find your place. Aaaaaand if you’re not digging the book so much you can always leave it somewhere for someone else to treasure!

So, this year’s vacation I struggled. I had planned to take 3 books, but my husband packed too many sundresses and there wasnt enough room for three books. Plus, I didn’t want to take my iPad (which I normally take) which contains like, a skajillion books. Big mistake. I only had two books, folks. And come Wednesday I was scared that I would run out of books.

What does any good bibliophile do when she runs out of books?

She runs to the bookstore!!

Thank goodness for Books and Books on Lincoln Road in Miami, baby!


BUY!!! ALL!!! THE!!! BOOKS!!!!

just kidding. I just bought one. After I interrogated every bookseller there; cuz let’s face it. Reading preferences change regionally and there might be a book I’d not considered reading, right?

And voila! An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine.

Love!!!!! it!!!!

And? It happens to fit into the 2015 Diversity Reading Challenge! How’s that? Our heroine is from Beirut! I suspect the author might be from that region as well. I haven’t looked him up yet.

Of course, I’m not a big fan of reading electronic devices at the pool or beach, cuz I’m clumsy and spill stuff. But hey, if you trust yourself around a body of water with an expensive electronic device then more power to YA.

Plus if that’s the case, then you don’t need three books. Cuz, well, you prolly have like 3 million books on your device, like I do.



Books Travel

Traveling Librarian Eats Her Way through Miami Beach

Recently on vacation I spent a lot of time doing two things:

  • Reading
  • Eating
  • Drinking wine

Ok that might be 4 but wine goes with eating so, it really counts as one. Math.

I figured that you might like to know what I do when I’m not reading. Here are snaps of the meals we enjoyed on vacation in SoBe (South Beach Miami, ya’ll)!


Yellow Snapper at Essensia Restaurant (part of our hotel). With some yummy something something corn and tiny tomatoes. Yum.


Desayuno included a $24 buffet (REALLY) all you can eat. But still, all I could eat was lox and bagel. And coffee. And maybe some warm soy milk. And some fresh squeezed Florida OJ. And maybe some fresh fruit. But that’s it. Outside on the lanai (like Golden Girls)!


That evening, at The Matador Room, I devoured the snapper. Covered with something something and lots of yummy other things. Note, that is NOT cheese, because we are lactose intolerant. Also please note that I don’t know why they call it the Matador Room, I did not see ONE person dressed in those cute lil skinty pants.


Oh yeah. Mr Pam and I shared some crab little something ballies. Yumtastic.

Then we went back to our hotel to enjoy happy hour.


If absinthe is good enough for the likes of Oscar Wilde, then why not Pammy Pam?

The next night I guess I didn’t take a pic of my food. I was too busy watching the flamenco dancer.  I want one.

The next morning, however, we traveled down the street to the Tropical Cafe for the Tropical desayuno.


I surely must be a Cuban at heart, cuz all meals should come with french fries, non?


I don’t know where this is, but Mr. Pam had this. A tabbouleh salad with salmon. I was prolly too busy sucking on more snapper.


Another night we went to Espanola Road and ate pasta. Oh the yummy pasta with little lamby meat sauce. Yum!


Dude enjoyed this farro pasta from Picolo Cucina. He can have the cheese. I cannot. He said it was yummy but needed meat. Carnivores, oy!!


Breakfast at Marketplace at The Edition is served very lovely. Who knew sunny side eggs could look this hoity toity and taste so yum?


Snacking later back at The Palms, I tasted this crab or shrimp something with trout roe and crackers. According to our very upset young server, it may or may not have contained cream cheese. While I went upstairs to rest, Mr. Pam enjoyed the fish taco.


That whole escapade was on the house since they mistakenly may or may not have given me dairy.

That night for dinner I rallied and noshed on more meat:


Baires Argentinian Grill on Lincoln Road mall. 8 oz of Yum. I’m sorry. I’m weak.

So. wow. we ate really well, thanks to a little bit of research and asking around. Great meals.

I’m full until Thanksgiving.

Have you ever eaten at any of these restaurants? What’s your experience been?