Help Me Choose My Vacation Reading!

I love to travel. I hate to pack.

I have a little over a week to get ready for my trip. Passport? Check. Insect repellant? Check. Cute new sundress? Check?

Decision on what books to bring? Um, not yet.

Here’s the deal. I have a huge fear of running out of reading material, so I always bring bunches of books, and then throw in even more, just in case. Because, yes, I have once had the awful experience of finishing all my vacation reading one hour into my return flight — and had nothing to do for the next four hours. It still makes me shudder, just thinking about it. In more recent years, I’ve been relying on my Kindle, because then of course I never run out.

Fair enough. But on this trip — coming up in 9 days (!) — we’ll be in a rain forest, in rainy season, and we’ve been advised to not bring electronics… and to store our books and other paper items in ziploc bags to protect them from the damp. Seriously.

So while I have bunches of shiny new books, all pretty and perfect, just waiting to be read, I’m not going to bring any of those with me. Instead, I’m thinking I’ll bring some of the older paperbacks on my shelf, the ones I’ve had for a while and haven’t read. Maybe I bought them used to begin with. Maybe they’re just enough years old that they’re starting to look a bit tattered around the edges. Whatever the case, that’s my plan.

Here’s where you come in. I’ve narrowed my list list down to about 10, and I need to come up with a top 4 or 5. (BTW, I’m only going to be away for ten days, but like I said: DEATHLY AFRAID OF RUNNING OUT OF BOOKS.)

Take a look at my ten below (pictures link back to each book’s Goodreads page), then cast your vote and let me know what you think I should read. Top vote-getters win!

Cast your vote here:

Check back to see the results — I’ll leave the poll open until next Friday, June 21st, after which the winning books are going into the suitcase!

16 thoughts on “Help Me Choose My Vacation Reading!

  1. Great choices for vacation reads! I’ve been eyeing Fforde’s The Eyre Affair for a long time now but I haven’t gotten around to it (yet). I heard great stuff about it though, I think it would make for a fantastic vacation read.

    I’ve only read one title from the batch, Mantel’s Wolf Hall. I absolutely love it (I learned during my re-read of it that it’s best read slow, savour every detail ;)), might be a little hefty as a vacation read but if you’re looking for a change of pace between 4-5 titles, it gets my vote 🙂

    Hope you have a lovely vacation Lisa! 🙂

    • Thanks, Lianne! I’ve been wanting to read Wolf Hall for a while now, but it always looks so intimidating compared to all the lighter reads on my shelf. I know it’s supposed to be terrific, and I do love reading about that time period. We’ll see how the poll works out! The Eyre Affair is one I’ve also been meaning to get to — that’s why I picked these books, for the most part, trying to make myself read some of the books I already have instead of always rushing toward the newest ones. Thanks for your input!

  2. Awesome post idea – might have to ‘borrow’ it in the future 😉

    I too have had the horrible experience of running out of books while on holiday. Like you, I overpack books at the expense of other things (like shoes!). Kindle has helped but not a foolproof system, especially for beach holidays (sand and Kindles don’t mix!).

    • Borrow away! 🙂 I went with Kindle only for a driving vacation last summer, and it worked well — but there were no beaches involved. I guess it’s a sign of addiction when you bring books plus Kindle on a plane so that during take-off and landing, when you can’t use electronics, you still have an actual book to read. God forbid I have to sit for 20 minutes without reading!

    • OK, so I have one comment from someone who loved Wolf Hall and one from someone who hated it… Thanks for voting! I’m getting nervous now to see how it’ll all work out! 🙂

    • The Eyre Affair is still in the lead! I decided to have people vote so that I’d be “forced” to read some of the books on my TBR list. I’m excited to see how it all works out! Thanks for voting. 🙂

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