Hi everyone. I’m rincey and i am one of
the contributing editors over at book riot. I’m filling in for Wallace today
while she is on vacation. And I actually just got back from a trip myself. So I
thought I would give you guys some tips on picking books for your trips or your
vacations or whatever like sort of travel plans that you have. I feel like I
was someone who for a really long time really struggled with figuring out how
to pick what books to bring on vacation. I think I might have actually made a
video about this on the channel before but I’m not 100% sure about that.
But I feel like recently or at least for the trips I’ve gone on this year, I’ve
been really good about it. So I kind of wanted to provide tips to help you sort
of figure out what books you should bring, how many books you should bring,
etc. to sort of just make it easier on yourself because while you’re on
vacation you don’t want to be stressing out about not having the right books
with you or not having enough books with you or anything like that. So the first
thing you need to do is sort of like assess the trip that you’re going on and
figure out like how much time you are realistically going to have to read.
Obviously we all have sort of ideals about how much time we’re going to have
to read while on vacation. But you also need to be a little bit realistic about it.
How are you getting to your destination? Are you driving? Are you
flying? Are you taking the train? If you’re flying or you’re taking the train or
if you’re in a car and you are not the person driving you could potentially get
a lot of reading done during that like transit period. But if you are someone
who falls asleep easily or if you are someone who gets carsick or like
motion sickness if you’re reading in a car, that’s obviously not going to help.
Like I love reading on planes but I know that half the time I either sleep or I
watch like something instead of reading a book but half the time I do read. So I
usually plan on like the trip there reading. Usually on the flight back I’m
usually just like relaxing, either sleeping or watching something. So I
don’t account that for my time for reading. And then the other thing is to
sort of look at what you’re going to be doing on a trip. Is it going to be a trip
where you have a lot of activities already planned or will you have a lot
of downtime? For me, the vast majority of the vacations that I take I usually plan
a lot of activities and sort of things to do so I’m not really sitting down
to read very often. I’m usually exploring various cities or very parts of like
different states or going out hiking or doing things like that. So I know that
realistically reading is not going to be a huge part of my vacation experience
and that’s something that I’m completely okay with. This trip that I just came
back from I had a lot of downtime and I knew I was going to have a lot of
downtime and I would be spending a lot of time sort of just like outside by the
pool or outside by the water and I would have plenty of time to read. So I
adjusted accordingly. Usually I only bring like one or two books per trip.
This time I brought like four and read them all. So, you know, you would need to
sort of pay attention to what you’re going to be doing and that I’ll help you
figure out the number of books that you need. It’ll also help you if you know
sort of some of the activities that you might be doing if you’re going to have
sort of like down time in between. And by that I sort of mean like one year we
went to Disney World. And so I knew for a fact that there was going to be a lot of
time standing in lines. And you know you need something to do while you’re
standing in line so I had a book with me. And I made it a point to be a young
adult book so it’d be something I could easily like dip in and out of and it had
a relatively short chapters. Because I knew that lines at Disney are ridiculous
sometimes. So yeah I brought a book with me to Disney World so I could read it
while in line. And hey, it worked. The second thing you need to figure out is
what are you in the mood for? I don’t pack my books until like the night
before. I mean, in general I don’t really pack until the night before I leave or so.
So I can sort of know what I’m in the mood for. If I’ve been reading a lot of
one genre I want to switch it up while I’m on vacation. The things that people
typically say are like beach reads or airplane reads or vacation reads or
whatever it is might not be necessarily something that you yourself might be into.
So this is where some self-awareness and your own personal
tastes sort of come into play. Things that I like to bring on vacation are
things that are page-turners, things that are slightly more plot driven. I tend to
lean towards like mystery thrillers and young adult. Or if, I have sort of pay
attention to what people that I follow like different book tubers or book riot
people have been talking about and see what they’ve been saying are like really
engrossing reads. So that way if I want to sort of just like sink myself into a
book for a day while I’m on vacation then I’ll like look for those types of books.
For example the trip that I just recently went on, I
brought an Agatha Christie book because I knew that that’s a book that I
could just sort of like sink into for one of the mornings while I was there.
I also brought the windfall by diksha Basu because I heard that this one is sort of
like a comedy of manners sort of book and I like to sort of flip through it really
quick and I saw I had like a larger font size and it seemed to be a relatively
quick read. So that was good. And then the other one that I brought was the seven
husbands of Evelyn Hugo. And this one I brought specifically because I knew
someone who loves Taylor Jenkins Reid. And so I sort of asked her in advance
like what the writing style was like and how the story was set up and things like
that and if it would be good like page-turner. And she talked about how
Taylor Jenkins Reids writes books that are like real page turners. The writing is
not super complex which is something that I was looking for. That’s why I
ended up picking this one for the vacation reading thing because it was
sort of like exactly what I was in the mood for and exactly what I was looking
for. So yeah like know what you want and then also like talk to other people to
see like what they’ve been reading that might fit that bill. Don’t just like, like
I love literary fiction but I’m not going to, I wasn’t in the mood to read
literary fiction on this trip. However I have read things like war and peace at
the beach. You just sort of have to figure it out based on like how you’re
feeling during that trip. And then also the other thing would be to bring
variety of books. As you can tell those books are all like relatively different
from each other and I also brought a nonfiction book with me, just so that way,
because I knew I was going to get through a lot of books, I wanted to give
myself some variety and some options. And I knew that reading the same genre
back-to-back for me doesn’t really work. So yeah if you are someone who needs a
little bit of variety, give yourself a couple of options there. And then my
final tip for you guys is to start your first book before you leave for the trip.
Actually I would say start all of your books before you leave for this trip.
Like read the first chapter or the first couple of pages of every book that you are
bringing to see if it feels like something that you would want to read.
I think a lot of times there’s this idea of sort of starting a book fresh while
on vacation. And while that is nice, that is something that doesn’t really work for me. I like to already be in the middle of a
book or partway through a book before I leave for vacation so that way is sort
of easier for my brain to sort of click in to the book if that makes sense. Because it’s already sort of set that foundation.
I just can pick up the book from wherever I’m at and fall into it.
A lot of times especially when I’m traveling or like I have a plane to
catch or any of these different things, I get really distracted like while I’m at
the airport or while I’m sitting in a plane. I’m sort of am looking around and
people watching and all this stuff. So starting a book is always really hard
for me but if I’ve already started a book then I know that one, it’s already
working for me and two again I can sort of just like fall into wherever I was in
the story and I don’t have to worry about trying to get into the rhythm of
the book. So yeah those are a couple of tips to help you guys pick out your
vacation reads. Let me know down in the comments below if you have any other
sort of general tips like this in terms of how you figure out what you want to
bring on vacation. I feel like this works whether you bring
physical books or Kindle books because I know, I have a Kindle. But also just
figuring out what I’m going to put on my Kindle for the trip is still pretty
stressful. I mean obviously I could technically like find an internet
connection and like download some new books but I sort of want everything set
before the vacation because again I don’t want to be like thinking about
that while I’m on vacation. I just sort of want to pick up what I have and just
sink into the book. So yeah leave a comment down below if you have any tips
of your own and I will see you guys next tme. Bye.