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29 August 2010

So I've Been Lazy...


Gorgeous Boston in the background...
This might be why I got the book Mockingjay on Tuesday, the big release day, and still haven't finished it...  I've been incredibly lazy while on vacation in Boston...

My parents-in-law run their yacht chartering business in Boston, Massachusetts, called
Night Rider Charters of Boston (you can also click here to get to their Facebook page) and this was pretty much how I spent my time in Boston.  And yes, no excuses, right?  You would think that I would pop open the book and read while on their boat, enjoying Boston Harbor with weather in the 70s and not a cloud in the sky, but all I could do is marvel at everything I looked at:  the Boston skyline, the water, the boat...sigh...then I would fall asleep...


And not to mention that the North End of Boston (Boston's "Little Italy," but is never called Little Italy, it's always called the North End) was holding the annual celebration for St. Anthony's Feast.  All I can say is that if you haven't visited the North End, you must go!  I ate a rice ball (rice, cheese, and spinach -- deep fried and served with marinara sauce), a cannoli, a zeppole, gelato, oh...I could go on and on...!



Night Rider Charters of Boston
And here's more of a plug -- while you're enjoying all of the Italian food and culture in the North End, check out Night Rider Charters of Boston and schedule it for two or three hours to tour around Boston Harbor, go out further into the Atlantic and go whale watching, or anything else!  They host corporate functions/meetings/events, birthday parties, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and I can assure you that my father- and mother-in-law are fabulous and incredibly hospitable!

Okay, so here's my reading "to do" list --
Mockingjay, Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict for the Crazy Book Tours, The Handmaid's Tale for the Classic Reads Read-Along, and what else?  Maybe host a read-along for one of my favorite books, The Historian?  I've got to catch up with Tedious and Brief to talk about scheduling this sometime in the next few months -- wouldn't that be fun?  Would you want to join that read along?

Happy Reading!
Coffee and a Book Chick



35 comments:

  1. Well, I'd sleep too, if I had the luxury of being on a boat, enjoying the Boston Harbor. I'm not very good with the sun, so I'm not a big fan of reading outdoors - I'll spend ages in the sea/swimming pool etc., but the moment it comes to reading/chilling/drinking etc. I run indoors....

    Enjoy Mockingjay! I'm still to read the first two books of the trilogy...

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  2. Enjoy your time in Boston! I loved it and want to go back there again soon! I would also love to participate in a read of The Historian! :)

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  3. What a perfect week to be cruising Boston Harbor.....lucky you!

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  4. i'm guilty of not yet finishing mockingjay too. i've been swamped with family stuff and getting ready for the new school year, but i fully intend to finish it (and the 30 other books on my TBR pile) very soon!

    nice photos and the charter looks great. i'd love to do a circuit but get seasick (and plane, bus, car, and train sick). i'll be on terra firma, waving to you! :)

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  5. Sounds wonderful! I love Boston...and, on your reading list, I'm a fan of The Handmaid's Tale.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  6. @ anothercookiecrumbles -- You have to read The Hunger Games, I'd love to know what you think of the series!! And the harbor was fantastic... I love visiting Boston!

    @ Peppermint Ph.D. -- I had such a blast and I hate leaving, which happens every time I go there! And yay, it would be fun to do a read along for The Historian, I'll make sure to send you a note too once we get this all scheduled!

    @ Bibliophile by the Sea -- It was such an amazing trip, Boston is gorgeous!! I go about once a year to visit family and I love it every time!

    @ nat at book, line, and sinker -- So much stuff to get to, it gets crazy! My TBR pile just keeps growing (almost scary, right?)! They have little patches you can put on that help the inner ear so that you don't get seasick -- I wonder if that might help you?

    @ Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow -- I am really liking The Handmaid's Tale! It's really a frightening book, don't you think? And Boston was wonderful -- I always enjoy coming back!

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  7. how absolutely wonderful that you get to enjoy the week yachting up and down Boston Harbor! I agree with anothercookiecrumbles - i'd be taking advantage of the time to sleep too! Mockingjay will still be there...

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  8. What a wonderful way to spend a vacation.
    I tried reading The Historian last year and never got very far so I'd probably be willing to give it another go.

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  9. Lucky you - looks very relaxing and that food sounds amazing too! I loved The Historian, but I'm not a read-a-book-again type of person... my memory is too vivid and spoils my enjoyment a second time round. Enjoy!

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  10. That sounds like such a blast, and why oh why would you feel the need to read? :)

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  11. The boating sounds lovely! I know how hard it is to read while boating - TOO much going on, right?!

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  12. The boating sounds lovely! I know how hard it is to read while boating - TOO much going on, right?!

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  13. @ Stacy at A Novel Source -- Oh, and I did take advantage of it! Nothing is quite the cure to sleep like a comfortable bed on a nicely rocking boat!

    @ Cat -- The Historian is a little slower of a novel, but once you get entrenched in it, it is hard to put down! I'll keep you posted on if we get a read along scheduled!

    @ Book Lover Book Reviews -- Oh, my the food was incredible! Yum! :) I read The Historian when it firs came out about 5 years ago, but I want to read it again since I'd like to see if I have the same love for it that I did the first time!

    @ Ruth -- Exactly right! Time to sleep, eat, tan, and relax! :)

    @ Care -- Too much...relaxation! :) And it was absolutely lovely!

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  14. This sounds divine. Enjoy both Boston and the book.

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  15. @ Avid Reader -- I'm getting back into the swing of things...it's much too difficult to come back from vacation, isn't it?

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  16. This is my idea of the perfect location. Seriously. I would give a kidney.

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  17. That sounds like the best weekend ever!!! :)

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  18. @ Andi -- I can assure you that giving up a kidney would be worth it as well! :)

    @ reederreads -- Yes, it was one of the best weekends! I highly recommend it!!

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  19. Sounds lovely! Very jealous.

    I'd be interested in a readalong - I've owned the Historian for some time but haven't read it yet!

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  20. I LOVE the photo of you chillin' with Mockingjay. Super jealous :)

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  21. No need to explain why you didn't read. It's obvious. What a beautiful boat and beautiful place to relax and do nothing.

    Hope you're all rested and happy!

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  22. I have been lazy this weekend, but I feel like I deserve it after a few crazy weeks. I went to the beach this weekend with the fam, and since we are all readers, I thought I'd definitely get some reading time in, but it didn't happen. That, combined with a flared-up shoulder injury, has meant lots of lounging (and complaining). I have been reading intermittently, though - The Wee that Strings the Hangman's Bag. The boat ride looks fantastic. I love being on the water.

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  23. Looks like too much fun to me! I don't blame you!

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  24. @ Kerry -- So exciting! Having a read-along for The Historian is sounding more and more like a reality the more interested responses I'm getting! Fantastic!

    @ Amanda -- And believe you me, I was absolutely chillin' with Mockingjay -- I wish I had read just even a little bit past page 100! :)

    @ leeswammes -- Oh, yes -- I am rested and relaxed, and almost too much to get back into the swing of work!

    @ Picky Girl -- With your hectic schedule, I think you definitely need to take the occasional day, or week, to not have obligations! And I'm so sorry to hear about your shoulder! :( Hopefully the lazing around on the beach helped fix that up a little bit? And yes, the boat was fantastic! I could be back on there in a heartbeat!

    @ DCMetroreader -- I had a fantastic time! We're trying to see if we can get up there again next month -- or maybe Halloween in Boston? Ooh, now that's an idea!

    @ Amused -- Much too much fun! Now I am back on a Monday work week... :( On to the books! :)

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  25. the north end was the most memorable part of our fall break trip to boston a few years back. so charming and quaint and the food was delicious. i could go back every year and still want more. my son read "the historian" for his high school english class and recommended it to me. it is one of my all time favorite books! love your blog!!! :)

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  26. @ dreamday -- You are too kind, thank you!! I am fortunate that my husband's family is Italian and still live in Boston, so we have an excuse to visit them frequently -- which every visit makes me gain a few more pounds with all of the incredible food! You should definitely visit again! And The Historian was an excellent read -- I'll definitely keep you posted once we finalize the plans to do the read-along!

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  27. I'm so glad you had fun in Boston! I used to work near enough to the North End to shop there, and I need to make a return visit. (Speaking of which...thank you for yours; it's always nice when you stop by!)

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  28. @ Audrey -- OMG, I am so jealous that you were able to shop and live in Boston, and shopping in the North End?? Oh, my...did you overload yourself at Mike's Pastry, because I certainly did!!!! :) And thank YOU for swinging on by!!

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  29. Ah, sounds like a wonderful vacation! Love the first picture.

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  30. @ Iliana -- Oh, and it was! It's always wonderful to be lazy on a boat!! :)

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  31. I'm glad you got to enjoy the Feast of St. Anthony. I was moving into the North End during the festivities so I didn't get to make the most of it this year

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  32. @ Red -- Okay, you moved into the North End?? Jealous!! I guarantee I would pack on the pounds if I lived anywhere in that area. Every time I visit my in-laws, I take back home several memories and a few pounds...! :) I'm going to email you because I walked past someone moving into their new apartment...that would be funny if my husband and I walked past you!! :)

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  33. Ahh Boston, how I miss you so! I lived there many years ago in my early twenties and loved it!

    I loved the North End, the Harbor, all of it.

    I lived in Brighton right off the Green line.

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  34. @ Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) -- Isn't Boston fantastic? I've visited every year for the past twenty years and love going every single time to visit family and friends -- and you lived in Brighton, how fantastic!! Isn't the North End food just amazing? I miss it already!!

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