Cover of "The Kite Runner"
Cover of The Kite Runner
Cover of "If You Give a Moose a Muffin (I...
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Cover of "Sister Carrie"

Cover of Sister Carrie

The Bat by Jo Nesbo (Patty) Hurrah for Harry Hole in this first in the series. It seems like it’s getting translated backwards. Olso’s Crime Squad’s Best.


Nani reading Meet Me at the Moon by Gianna Marino, a book we bought at the ultra-marvelous Brewster Book Store because one of us (not Nani) ripped the book flap. What a serendipity. Message: when you’re missing a loved one who’s off somewhere feel the warmth of the sun heating the earth and think of the warmth of the love from that person. We were all reassured.

Freedom-A Novel  by Franzen (Catherine)


Papi reading one of the Henry and Mudges by Cynthia Rylant. Even though Chloe and Lydia have Read Them All and are on to Other Authors, they get it: Rereading old favorites is like meeting an old friend on the street. Just because you’ve already loved that friend 20 years ago, you don’t spurn them upon meeting up again. Luke’s just getting into the Henry and Mudges. William’s heard a few via Skyping with Papi.

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (Sarah)

The Philosopher’s Way by John Chaffee (John)


John is holding Claire and Claire is holding one of three Golden Books: Tootle (remember him? The engine that wanted to jump the tracks? OR Scuffy the Tugboat OR The Friendly Book. (We’ve probably bought several Golden Books every time we have a family visit, just for old time’s sake. They read good…bad grammar intended)

My Beloved Life by Sonia Sotomayor (Taly)

If You Take a Mouse to the Movies, If You Give a Moose a Muffin, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and other books in this series by Laura Numeroff read to all the kids sometimes by an adult, sometimes by Lydia and sometimes by a wee one who’s “learned” all the pages.

Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser (Patty)

The Last Refuge by Gregory Johnson (Doug)

How Children Succeed by (Jack)

Harry Potter–8-year old Lydia gave Harry to her Dad with this note:


Sheep in a Ship (note the ubiquitous Blue-Footed Booby)

IMG_0333 Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (Sarah)

Cover of "Percy Jackson & the Olympians B...
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Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan (This is Lydia engrossed in TC. She’s already read the 1st 2 books in The Olympian series)


Silken Prey by Sanderson (Jack)

When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otkuka (Ryan)

People Magazine (passed around and chortled over)

A Man Without Breath by Philip Kerr, a Bernie Gunther Novel. (John. He also says to start the Gunther novels with the initial trilogy) Quote from the back cover: “Just as youth is wasted on the young, history is wasted on the historians. It ought to be the exclusive property of novelists–but only if they are as clever and knowledgeable as Philip Kerr.” Chicago Tribune


5 thoughts on “Cape Reading and Other Footnotes About One Family’s Reading While on Vacation.

  1. Ask Taly what she thinks of the Sotomayor book. I have been thinking about getting into that one. I totally enjoyed your “Cape time” summary of the family reading choices. I love that reading is so integrated into your family life….


    1. I will ask Taly, but you can have a conversation with Jack about it too. He loved it. (And, even though I haven’t actually read it myself–as if that has ever stopped me from commenting on a book!!–each day that Jack was reading Sonia’s book, he’d tell me about it. It tells well too.


  2. Your family reading together and alone warms my heart. It is the one thing I love the most that I share with my nieces and nephews. My one niece use to phone me from “Books A Million” in Florida (I live in Canada) and say, “Have we read this yet?”. She would read the flaps to me and say, “Oh, I think we will like this one.” It is the funniest thing to shop for books with her long distance but something I cherish deeply.


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