Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Gone Swimming!


Yep, it's that time of the year again, for me and 50-ish other swimmers to head off to the warm, warm lands of Puerto Rico to swim for 4 hours a day, for 10 days straight. It's nice having sunshine and beach weather in the middle of January, but I don't think I will miss the whole waking-up-at-5am, muscle-soreness-upon-muscle-soreness part of training trip!

As always, training trip is the time when I essentially "disconnect" from the world and just enjoy reading and writing when I am not either eating, sleeping, or swimming. I'm taking 6 books with me for the trip:

Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey
Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith
The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson
The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Such delicious variety! Guardian of the Dead and Rot & Ruin are Cybils reading (I am a Round 2 judge for the YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre!), and the rest have been in my TBR pile for far too long. Needless to say, I am very happy and think I will have a great reading time over training trip!

And don't worry: I have such a huge backlist of reviews to post that it will feel like I'm not even gone. Have a great 10 days, everyone, and see you when I get back on the 14th!

21 comments:

  1. Have fun darling! Maybe can you stuff me in your suitcase? I'll scamper off and do some island living and be back for the departing flight :)

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  2. That actually sounds like a fun trip. I swam all through high school and still do a club team so being in the water is right up my alley :) Have a good time!

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  3. Wow, that sounds intense! I hope you have an amazing time! :)

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  4. It definitely sounds rigorous, but I hope you enjoy the warm weather. We are going to get more snow on Friday I hear. UGH! Soak up the sun-- I am majorly jealous! Have fun!

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  5. How fun! Have a great time! Good luck reading all of your books.

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  6. I remember reading about this trip last year. Sounds like so much fun! This is my 3rd year on the swim team and I love it so much (except the part about always being cold afterwards).

    What events do you swim and what are you personal bests?

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  7. Ooh, I recently read & reviewed Rot & Ruin - you'll enjoy it, hopefully :) Have a great ten days!

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  8. Oh, Crown Duel is a great book to have along on a trip - plenty of adventure! I've re-read it countless times :)

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  9. OH man, are you really going to bring The knife of never letting go and NOT bring the sequel?!?! *cliffhanger loooooms*
    haha, anyways... your trip sounds awesome, hope you have a great time!

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  10. That's one nice way to "disconnect" from it all. :-)

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  11. Wow! You're so lucky to be somewhere warm and sunny this January!

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  12. I didn't know you were a swimmer. I'm impressed that you manage to juggle academics, sports and book blogging. When do you sleep?

    I swim too but not competitively. I always have a good writing day if I swim laps first thing in the morning. I'm working with the Bowdoin College swim coach to improve my technique.

    I linked to your old "What's missing in YA" post in today's review/interview of a sporty girl YA novel, Head Games by Keri Mikulski. It's part of a series for teen girls who play sports. The author is currently working on one about a lifeguard.

    Have a wonderful time swimming, reading and enjoying those gorgeous sun rises! I feel warmer just reading this post in frigid Maine.

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  13. Have fun! I want an excuse to go to Puerto Rico again!

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  14. Enjoy your time away! Even though you'll still be "working" I hope you can enjoy the time spent away from the every day life of the internet! haha

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  15. Lucky girl! Have a fantastic and productive trip.

    I'm already 1/3 of the way through my Cybils reading for the YA panel and I have to say they did good with the shortlist! Hope you enjoy your selections.

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  16. Nice! I live in Puerto Rico! Enjoying the heat?! Have fun!

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