Monday, October 24, 2011

The Traveling Librarian Cruises

My husband and I went on a cruise out of Galveston a few weeks ago. I'm not sure I liked it. The ship was very Las Vegas, only tackier, if that's possible, the food was just so-so, and everywhere we turned we were exhorted to buy something. The cabin was nice (stay out of the mini-bar); friends advised us to spring for a balcony and they were right.

I sought out the ship's library intending to blog about it, but there isn't much to say. It's a small room where passengers meet to play board games and start tours. The room's most notable quality is its fabulous swirling crown moulding and the three or four small bookcases that match it. People are on vacation, after all, so I guess it shouldn't have surprised me that all the books are "beach reads"; but really surprising is that the bookcases are locked! Things for sale: bad paintings, cheap watches, and semi-precious jewelry, lie about the ship unattended, but you can't lay your hands on a free paperback without a key! Good thing I'd brought plenty of APL books with me.

To find your next book at APL, peruse the lists on APL Recommends.

Back by popular demand, REBUSES (authors' names)!


Bubba said...

Good ones!
Frank L. Baum
Octavio Paz

tim snead said...

I'm back baby!