I love reading on vacation. I don't love being at the beach (its a pale girl's plight) but it made significantly better if I can sit in the warm shade and read. When you are pale it isn't any fun to spend time just soaking up the rays.
Anyway while we were on vacation I picked up two books from the library to take with me. Actually, I picked up three, but I read Bossypants by Tina Fey before we left. I started Snobs by Julian Fellowes sitting in the BNA terminal waiting for our first boarding call. We had of course arrived early and left me with some time to read.
The story was intriguing. It is a story about an upper middle-class English girl, Edith Lavery, in the 1990s and her quest to rise into the ranks of the upper-class of English society. In case you were wondering, there is apparently a distinct difference between upper middle-class and upper-class. Upper-class members do not usually talk to those below them. Edith meets Charles Broughton, heir to his very well-known families estate. He is a reserved man who finds Edith charming. What follows is a tale about love, lust, heartache, and difficult choices.
The book was interesting to this American girl because I don't know anything about English society except how it has been portrayed in movies and books. It was an interesting look at a very different type of life. It is also a great book about the true meaning of marriage. Keep in mind however, that it is English and I mentioned that there is lust involved in this story.
All in all it made for great vacation reading as it was easy to read in bits and pieces. It also kept pulling me back in and making me want to read more.
What is your favorite chill-out activity on vacation?