Badass Romance is On the Road until September
Most reliable bloggers no doubt announce any hiatus in their bloggery well in advance of taking time off. But here it’s been weeks since my last post - ack! I didn’t plan to take a vacation from blogging so much in advance of my actual vacation. I suppose posting this now is pretty much a case of Closing the Barn Door After the Horse Has …. etc. It’s been an incredibly hectic summer and Badass Romance has really already Gone Fishing.
But today I realized I haven’t decided which books to take with me. Hoping you will forgive this brief post to tell you a bit about my trip and solicit suggestions for what should go in the duffel bag and/or on the iPad.
I am heading out to drive about 3,000 miles with daughters in tow — from our home in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts we will journey through the states of Connecticut, NY, NJ, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia (only a corner), Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, and West Virginia (and then home again after visiting friends in Washington, DC). I’m a homebody who loves to visit new (to me) old places. I’m also a sucker for the romance of the open road itself.
And lucky for me, my kids like roadtrips too, and they’re good at this kind of travel. Or good enough, anyway. We’re going to see a lot of mountains and caves and gorges and battlefields, plus the Mississippi and probably more than a few historic sites and cemeteries (including the grave of our Revolutionary War ancestor, in Blacksburg, VA). Also we will visit some cousins, we hope to see some bears in the Smokies, and I will suck it up and take them to at least one place that has roller coasters, water slides, arcade games and junk food (Hershey Park). We’re celebrating some big birthdays this month (theirs and mine) and we decided to do things up with a big roadtrip where everyone gets to pick some of the places we’ll visit.
(Truthfully, it’s also a lot about distracting myself from the Turning Fifty screaming meemies…but I digress.)
This is definitely not a hammock/beach chair vacation, with plenty of time for loads of reading. Nevertheless, we will pace ourselves and I’ll be reading at night in my usual way. When I travel, I like to read something that connects to the places I’m visiting. I thought about finding books set in Appalachia or the South. I am totally delighted to find that Heroes and Heartbreakers has a brilliant bit of bloggery going on — Perfect Unions, which is reviews of romances set in each of the 50 states. Hilarious fun for crossover romance and geography geeks like me. The most recent review is a YA romance set in West Virginia! Though it doesn’t sound like something I’m going to want to read.
So how about road romances more broadly? This is one of my favorite tropes, whether it involves stopping at the coaching inn to change horses, a steampunky airship expedition, the Orient Express, or Route 66. I’m looking for suggestions… what’s your favorite road romance?