February 1, 2010

Just a post to let you all know that I won't be around the coming two weeks due to a long awaited vacation to Cape Verde. The Islands where my parents were born and grew up. They came to the Netherlands in their early twenties. And their courtship and marriage was one that belongs in a romance novel, but that's for another time because I want to keep this about the vacation.

I was born in the Netherlands but my roots lie on the Cape Verde Islands as both my parents are from there. I have been there a few times, both as a child and as an adult but the last time I went there was 10 years ago. I met my hubby 9 years ago so he's never been there and this vacation is his first encounter with my roots, which both he and I are very much looking forward to. We will be going to 4 of the 9 islands: Boa Vista, S. Vicente, Sto Antao and S. Tiago. And on S. Vicente we will celebrate my mom's 60th birthday, which she wanted to celebrate in her home country.

We'll start and end our trip on Boa Vista in a wonderful hotel hubby found and negotiated a sweet deal for. Below are some pics of it. Can you see me lying in one of the beach chairs, sipping on a cocktail? I can!

The fact that I'm away on vacation doesn't mean the blog won't be updated. I won't participate in the IMM and OMW memes these two weeks but I do have a few nice posts scheduled for your enjoyment:

I start with a ROOB-review on February 4th: TAMING THE BEAST by Heather Grothaus
On February 7th you can read my ARC-review of CROSSROADS by Moira Rogers
On February 12th there will be a reading round-up of 2009 post. A bit belated but better late than never, right?
On February 15th there will be another ROOB-review: THE VIKING'S CAPTIVE PRINCESS by Michelle Styles

And on February 17th I'll be back and ready to catch up on all you have been doing while I was slacking away on vacation.

Of course I wouldn't be a book addict if I didn't make this post about books too. I've been preparing the stack of books to take with me for a few weeks now and just the night before last I was loading the iPhone (which is already groaning under the weight of ebooks, movies and music) with even more ebooks to take with me. God forbid I might not have enough books to read for 2 weeks LOL.

Well after much debate, picking books, putting them back on the shelves, picking others, putting those back and getting the first again....and after many repeats of this cycle I have the following print books packed to take with me:

  • FRAGILE by Shiloh Walker 
  • COMING UNDONE by Lauren Dane 
(I wanted to have read these two books before my vacation but didn't have the time to finish them, so I hope to finish them on during the flight)
  • BROKEN by Shiloh Walker (a bit of ARC reading on vacation)
  • TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS and NO RESERVATIONS by Megan Hart and Lauren Dane
  • REESE'S BRIDE by Kat Martin
  • SHAKEN AND STIRRED by Kathleen O'Reilly
  • PRIME TIME by Hank Phillippi Ryan
  • FEEL THE HEAT by Cindy Gerard
  • ORIGINAL SIN by Allison Brennan
  • MARK OF THE DEMON by Diana Rowland
  • PLEASURE UNBOUND by Larissa Ione

So that is 13 books for a 2-week vacation. Want to start placing bets on how many I will have finished by the end of the vacation? Be my guest, I couldn't even dare to tell you. I do know I read a lot more when on vacation than when I'm at home and two 6 hours flights will definitely put a dent in this pile of books. And for the unfortunate event that I might not be in the mood to read these books I'm taking with me I have a spare pile too: a digital one on the iPhone, among those are:

A very special beta-read which will remain unnamed till further notice, BUTTERFLY TATTOO (Deidre Knight), GLORY IN DEATH (J.D. Robb), PACK CHALLENGE (Shelly Laurenston), BLOOD VICE (Keith Melton), TAMING ELIZA JANE (Shannon Stacy), SEDUCING SIMON (Maya Banks), ROCKY MOUNTAIN HEAT (Vivian Arend), DARKFEVER (Karen Marie Moning), PLAYING WITH FIRE (Gena Showalter)...and many more...

Welll I think I have informed you of all the relevant information surrounding my vacation. I hope to see you all again in a few weeks, when I hope to return refreshed and ready to take on the jobhunting world and with a nice dent in my Mt. TBR.

Stay safe, have fun and happy reading!


Mandi said...

Awesome Pearl - have a great time!!!! That beach looks so nice!

Cecile said...

Oh Pearl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I fit nicely in suitcases... I promise I won't make a noise - not even one!! Just take me with you!!!!
Okay... **pouting** I know I know.. I can't go.
Girl, you have an awesome time!!! Just make sure you drink a cocktail for me!!! We will see you when you get back!!! Have fun!

Sarah said...

I'm very jealous but I hope you have a fab holiday! You've got some great books to take with you so I hope you get to spend plenty of time relaxing on the beautiful beaches enjoying them :o)

Bells said...

I am so happy for you Pearl! But after looking at the pics I'm going to scream out loud again. *AAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!*

Smokinhotbooks said...

Lucky! I want to go some place too *sobs* Can I fit in your suit case?

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Marissa said...

Wish I could come with you.... Have a great time!

Donna [F.D. Ramblings] said...

I hope you have super vacation! hmmm, I love the smell of suntan lotion. :)

SusiSunshine said...

That truly looks like heaven. I hope you have a wonderful time. And enjoy your books!
And please bring a bit of the sunshine back to Europe with you!

Christine said...

Oh my goodness, Pearl! I just saw this post now... so I'm thinking you're home already, but WOW. What a gorgeous, gorgeous place Cape Verde must be. I hope you have a wonderful vacation.

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