I’m going on holiday in a week or so and need to choose which lucky book I’ll be taking with me.
I often take a couple of books with me when I go away, but I’m only planning to take one this time for a couple of reasons. I’m driving to a cottage in Norfolk, so I won’t be on a train or plane for hours with perfect reading opportunities. Secondly, I’ll be surrounded by extended family, a baby, and a dog, so I probably won’t actually do that much reading in reality. I will take my Kindle, which has a mini-library of electronic books on it awaiting my attention, but I’m not counting those.
I’m currently reading a book that I’m finding pretty average, so I plan to finish that one before we leave, which leaves me with the decision of which one to take. A combination of the slow pace that I read at and the rapid rate that publishers seem to produce books means that I have a whole stack of reading material. The photo above only shows a sample of the books I intend to read in the near-future. Some of them have been in my ‘to-read’ pile for months.
For practical reasons I think I’ll select a paperback novel to take away as it will be easier to pack and carry around. I might also opt for something that I am not too precious about, in case it gets wet or the dog/baby chews it. A few of the unread books I have are from charity shops or bought in deals from supermarkets, so that’s fine. Now, how do I choose one?
Do other people have criteria for holiday reading?
Traditionally, holiday reading means choosing something trashy and nailing through it on the beach, and either leaving it behind when you leave, or dumping it in a charity shop months or years later. Publishers and writers have based entire careers around the less-discerning nature of vacation reading. That’s what ‘airport thrillers’ are for. They’re not books about airports, they’re books bought on a whim in airports just before boarding your flight. And quite often sold to people who never otherwise read books.
“This book could well be a bit lame, but I’ll read it on holiday anyway.”
(James Patterson has made a fortune from this mentality)
My current ‘to-read’ pile has a couple of these types of titles in it.
How do you decide which book(s) to read during the summer trips away? Do you buy them during the year and ear-mark them for your vacation? Or do you grab something semi-random from the bookshop before making the journey?
Have you read anything from my ‘to-read’ pile which you’d recommend or advise against?