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?
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.
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…