Vacation Reading

Before you get all jealous on me, nope, that’s not my view.

This is more or less my view.

As the world continues to implode, I had to postpone my travel plans. Yet again. So, a bit of a staycation, interspersed with trips to the NYBG Train Show and a museum day in Manhattan.

Being the obsessive reader that I am, I downloaded six books and two audiobooks to my kindle and phone, because god forbid I have to wait on line or sit in an airplane or, gasp, relax on a beach, without a book. Impossible!

These books are still with me, because books are like that. You can read them in a snowstorm and during layovers. Books don’t cancel themselves, don’t walk away from you, and they definitely don’t put you on hold for four hours.

What, you might ask, am I reading during my stormy, cloudy, chilly staycation? I’m glad you asked!

Kindred by Octavia Butler.
FINALLY. Took me long enough and I don’t know why I waited. To say I’m engrossed and in love with this book is an understatement.

The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix.
Funny and fun, and an excellent primer on succinct, effective prose.

We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker.
No idea yet, but really looking forward.

Hour of the Witch by Chris Bohjalian.
Huge fan of the author, and can’t wait to dig in.

Meanwhile, hope you’re warm, safe, and free from hold music wherever you are.

Emilya Naymark

Emilya Naymark is the author of the novels Hide in Place and Behind the Lie.
Her short stories appear in the Bouchercon 2023 Anthology, A Stranger Comes to Town: edited by Michael Koryta, Secrets in the Water, After Midnight: Tales from the Graveyard Shift, River River Journal, Snowbound: Best New England Crime Stories 2017, and 1+30: THE BEST OF MYSTORY.

When not writing, Emilya works as a visual artist and reads massive quantities of psychological thrillers, suspense, and crime fiction. She lives in the Hudson Valley with her family.

Pool photo by Sami Abdullah from Pexels


  1. I’m sorry you also had to cancel! Here’s hoping all the cancellations end with this month forever and ever. And to wonderful reading no matter what.

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