Vacation reading! The annual dilemma…

I’m at T minus a week and change until I leave on a trip, and I’ve entered the vacation obsession zone: Do I have enough sunscreen? What if I want one more sundress besides the two already in my packing pile? How many totebags do I really need?

And the biggie…

What books to read???

I love the whole concept of vacation reading. It’s so freeing! I look at it as a time to pull books from my shelves — books that I’ve always meant to read, but never got around to, or books that I just know will make me happy. It’s a weird and random process, but I think I’ve been narrowing it down lately. Here are the top contenders:

I need a King… or two… or three:

mr. mercedesBag of BonesLong Walk

Maybe a little historical fiction:

Sandcastle GirlsBlue Asylum

There’s the romance I need to read for book group this month:


And some of my newer acquisitions that I haven’t had time for yet:

EligibleWrath & the Dawn

Maybe a little fantasy would be a perfect compliment to a sunny, relaxing day:

Gobln EmperorTemeraire 1

And I am really itching to continue the Magicians series:

MAgician King 2Magician's Land

Did I mention that I’ll only be gone for 10 days? Do you think I might be over doing things just a bit?

Oh yeah, and there are these two, which could help me prepare for a different trip coming up later this summer:


Eep. So. Many. Choices.

But hey — I still have over a week before I zip up the suitcase. Anything can happen in a week. Maybe an entirely different stack of books will catch my eye between now and then!

19 thoughts on “Vacation reading! The annual dilemma…

  1. Ok, So I’m totally guilty of overpacking…overpacking books for vacation. You never know what type of reading mode you’ll be in and there’s just so much imagined potential free time. So forgo the extra sundress and bring the extra book!

    • Ha ha, I’m totally with you. I always overpack books, because I need choices! And then I always bring my Kindle as well, in case of a book emergency. πŸ™‚

  2. I haven’t heard of any of these books, except for The Wrath and the Dawn. Ahhh, I hope you have a nice trip. And I totally love vacation reading, too. πŸ˜€

    • Thank you! Certain family members think I’m a bit crazy for putting so much thought into what books to bring… but they just don’t get it the way real book lovers do!

    • I’ve put off Mr. Mercedes for a while now, but now that I have a copy of my own, I think it’s going to make the final cut for my vacation reading. πŸ™‚ Don’t worry, I’m not packing all of the above — no matter how tempting it might be!

    • Blue Asylum caught my eye a while ago — I’m not even sure any more why or how. Still, I’m looking forward to finally reading it!

  3. Hey this is and impressive list.

    I used to be a great Stephen King fan, but it’s been ages sisnce I last read him. The last book I read by him, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, really disappointed me. I wonder whether that’s the reason I stopped reading him.

    I also read the first book of Novik’s dragon series. I thought the idea was absolutely fantastic. I loved the way Novik evoked the Napoleonic time… then she completely failed to recreate history. I found her recreation of the Napoleonic wars soooo confuing and messy, it really ruined the enjoyinment of the book for me. I didn’t read the other books in the series.

    • I never read the Tom Gordon book, but I’ve loved so many of King’s more recent books and I’m always trying to fill in the gaps with what I’ve missed. Such a bummer to hear that the Novik series didn’t live up to your expectations! Was it the lack of historical accuracy that ruined it, or was the plot a mess anyway? I loved her recent book Uprooted, and picked up the first Temeraire book to get a taste of her other writing.

      • I really loved the first part of the book, both because the idea was so different and so clever and because the relationship between the man and the dragon was realistic and involving. I also liked the recreation of the era a lot. That was very vivid, I mean, the XIX century everyday life… with dragon. It made a lot of sense, if you know what I mean.

        But the reconstruction of historical events was a complete mess. I don’t know anything about the Napoleonic Wars so I had to rely entirely on Novik’s rendition. Didn’t work at all. I had the impression Novik had a very cursory, blury, approximate knowledge of the Wars herself and was in no position to use those historical events effectively in the plot. I ended up completely confused about what was happening, what were the movements of the armies on the ground and the sea, why each army did what they did, and what the dragon air force was doing in relation to what was happening in the war.
        I also had the impression that Novik didn’t really know how air fights work.

        I ended up with pages and pages of air fights that didn’t make any sense to me and I lost sight of the stakes of the story.
        It was a complete shame, because the first part of the book was so promising.

        • Oh, that’s so disappointing! I suppose I’ll still give the first book a try, since I already have it, but at least I’ll have some realistic expectations going in.

  4. I do the same for vacations! This year my trip coincides with the Make Me Read It Readathon, so I picked my books a couple weeks ago and then left the final decision up to the voters…of course, I want to read them all, so I will be happy with whatever the final selections are — I am thinking this will stop me from packing so many “just in case” books since I will have my lineup all set πŸ™‚

    • Lucky you, not having to make the tough decisions yourself! πŸ™‚ My family makes fun of me for overpacking books, but at least I never have to worry about running out.

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