With weather like this, who needs a winter getaway? But no matter the weather, a vacation offers a chance to connect with loved ones, take a break from city living and, of course, make a dent in your reading list.
Our librarians were there to catch you reading, globetrotters. As always, we loved seeing your wide-ranging choices. (But next time, please do us all a favor and hold your eReaders where we can better spy the titles, OK? Thanks!) Here's a sampling of titles spotted on the road.
Waiting to board at O'Hare, you set the tone for adventure with The Travelers, a fast-paced thriller about a travel writer on assignment in Argentina, where secrets and lies turn his run-of-the-mill life upside down. International intrigue, conspiracy and covert ops follow as his travels continue. Here's hoping your own trip was more relaxed!
We also caught waiting travelers engrossed in memoir. In Chicago, you were reading In the Country We Love, Orange Is the New Black actress Diane Guerrero's account of making it on her own after her undocumented parents were deported when she was 14. (We named this one of our Best of the Best Books 2016.)
Still in Chicago, we spotted you reading Furiously Happy, Jenny Lawson's book of hilarious essays about living with anxiety and depression. At Miami International Airport, we saw you buying Born A Crime, Daily Show host Trevor Noah's memoir of growing up with a mother who helped him thrive despite the poverty and injustice they faced in South Africa.
Once we were poolside in Florida, we caught you immersed in fiction. Your picks ranged from science fiction thriller Dark Matter (another of our Best of the Best Books 2016), which features an alternate-universe Chicago, to Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman (author of the bestselling A Man Called Ove), about a woman in her 60s coming into her own after ditching her unfaithful husband, to Chicago, the heartfelt tale of a recent college graduate's year in the Lakeview neighborhood in the 1970s.
All too soon we found ourselves back at the airport and headed for home. En route from Charlotte, N.C., we spotted you finishing up Perfect Little World, which uses a utopian experiment to examine what makes a family. And at Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima, Peru, we spotted you reading Yo antes de ti, the Spanish translation of Me Before You, the moving love story adapted for the big screen as Me Before You last year.
What else are you reading, Chicago? Let us know in the comments.