Book Blogger Hop - July 17th - 23rd

 


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Question

Do you bring along books when you go on a vacation?

(Submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

Answer



Yes and No is my answer, in pre Kindle days I would go on holiday with several thick paperbacks and probably buy another one at the airport and back it up with some glossy magazines, then I would wonder my back was killing me, it was from all the bloody heavy books and mags.

On a trip to Australia back in 2000 my mother in law recommended I read Cross Stitch by Diana Gabaldon, fearing I wouldn’t get it back in Scotland I brought back that book and the next two heavy paperbacks in my luggage.  Never again.

Books remind me of good and bad times on holiday, I tend to go to Orlando on holiday with my family, flying back one year, we had the worst turbulence known to man, the kind where the stewards look scared and the plane drops what feels likes hundreds of feet and is probably only a metre.  I was trying to “relax” with Storm Front (quite apt) by Jim Butcher and as the plane dropped, the paperback which wasn’t even mine, my friend had let my borrow it, flew several rows in front of me.


Now I just take my Kindle Paperwhite, it weighs nothing and it is filled with the In Death series by JD Robb which is my go to holiday reads, it is backed up with one small paperback to take the poolside at night time.

I’m always on the lookout in Super Target (I love this store, it makes UK supermarkets look like crap) for other books, just in case!

12 comments

  1. I always bring books on vacation, usually at least 2 or 3 paperbacks. Now that I have a Kindle, though, I'll probably bring that instead!

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  2. On previous holidays I always lugged along a few books with me but usually I was too busy or tired to read them! E-readers are certainly a useful resource as long as we remember to bring the lead and charger! When I go to Blackpool I buy a pile of mags like Inside Soap, Chat, Take A Break etc for leafing through when we come back to the hotel for lunch, and I always take my ereaders and a personal dvd player with a few films!

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    1. That’s it isn’t it, these things are only good if you remember the chargers!! I’ve done that in the past, I have great of ideas of reading lots and it never happens!

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  3. Aeroplane turbulence - urgh! I may have prayed through some last time I flew - there were really strong winds when we were landing and the plane felt as though it were bouncing around the sky. I too prefer my versatile and chock-a-block kindle these days.

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    1. Planes are a necessary evil, it still amazes me how they get off the ground!!

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  4. Kindle has definitely lightened my luggage but I usually have one actual book with me just in case!

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  5. Yeah, I remember those days of lugging around paperbacks in my handbag and luggage, Heather. I couldn't survive without my Kindle now.
    Btw, that flight sounded horrible! Hope Storm Front came back undamaged. Lol! ;-)

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    1. It did come back undamaged, I gave it back to my friend and promptly bought my own copy!

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  6. I can't read books on vacation because I am to busy people watching, ha ha. I would read on the plane, though, so I would bring my Kindle too! 🎴

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    1. I love people watching at the airport, my better half is always taking the p out of me as I sit and wonder where people are going.

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