The most stressful part about packing for vacation – at least for me – is picking what books to take. This, right now, is what I’m bringing with me to a week in Florida (though I suspect I’ll finish Arm Candy before I go. It’s too fluffy juicy to put away for long). Why stressful? Because if I pick bad books, I’ll be stuck with nothing to read. I know, I know, they do have bookstores in Florida, but it’s so much easier to pick something out of my bag, which is probably why I pack more than I’ll ever read in one stint.

I read the first few pages of each of these books to vet them for vacation reading – nothing to heavy or depressing, and NO SELF HELP.

How do you pick what books to take on trips?

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Jen Miller

Jen Miller

Jen A. Miller is a an author and freelance writer. Her memoir, Running a Love Story, was a Philadelphia Inquirer best book of the year. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, SELF, Buzzfeed and the Guardian, among others.


  1. Sue on January 25, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    I tend to fall back to books I haven't read by favorite authors or biographies on people I really like reading about. I like light and fluffy on vacation, and I found that Lorna Landvick, Elizabeth Berg, and Anne Tyler make great vacation reads.

  2. Fuddster on January 26, 2010 at 9:07 am

    I'll either reread favorites from my sci-fi library, or new books by favorite authors. I've also been known to read geeky non-fiction. For example, I have a books by an astronomer and an astronaut in my to read pile…

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