Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A Library on a Cruise Ship!

I went on a cruise last week with my BF. It was one of the best experiences of my life! And much to his exasperation, one of the highlights for me was that there was a library on the ship! If I wasn't already convinced this was the right cruise for us, that sold me (when we were still planning.) Yay Celebrity! It was 2 stories with comfy chairs. Half fiction, half nonfiction, then alpha by author. Pretty basic. Honor system for checking out books - write your name in a ledger, please return. I checked out two books - Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins and Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier (no, I did not get stuck in the Cs, that was a coincidence. I had just read The Hunger Games a week earlier for my book club, and my old boss recommended Remarkable to me a while back.) As you can imagine, the selection was pretty random. Especially the nonfiction books. I never saw any of the staff shelving in there, but books did get periodically put away so someone must have been.

I did bring the exact books and tote bag that I talked about here, but the library did throw me off. I didn't finish a single book I brought! Granted, Shogun is proving a little less easy than I had anticipated, not to mention it is still over 1200 pages long. It's a bit demoralizing to be 100 pages in and realize you've not even read 10%! Also the front cover was accidentally torn off at one point after it had gotten damp on a trip to the beach ad then was stuffed in a backpack (luckily, it's a used copy. I repaired it last night with some packing tape.)

To my surprise there aren't any pictures of me reading. I guess the BF doesn't feel the need to capture those moments for posterity. So here is a picture of me with my little tote bag coming back from the pool, which I assure you has a copy of Shogun inside.


Carol said...

What a lovely library!

Glad you had a good cruise.


Natalie~Coffee and a Book Chick said...

Glad you had a fabulous time! Clearly, you found a much better cruise than I did when I went about five years ago. The ship I was on was absolutely miserable and totally turned me off to cruises ever since. However, had my ship had some form of a real library like the one you had, I might have been more inclined to give it a much better rating that I ultimately did. Will have to check out Celebrity cruise lines the next time (if there even is a next time for me on a cruise!). :)

Dawn said...

I will definitely have to check out Celebrity cruise lines because it sounds like pure heaven! Glad you had fun!

Lesa said...

What a lovely library! The Carnival cruise I went on years ago had a reading room-- I didn't spend much time in it though.

I read shogun after the miniseries-- was that back in the 80s? How time flies! But I remember liking it-- but I am an epic sort.

Glad you had fun!

Anonymous said...

You're the queen of the world!!Sounds like fun.

Anonymous said...

p.s. I read the Hunger Games trilogy recently too. Not my usual kind of books, but I loved them.

Booksnyc said...

That is a great library! Where did you go on your cruise?

Carin Siegfried said...

We went to the Eastern Caribbean - Puerto Rico, St. Kitts, and St. Maarten. It was the most fun!