On Picking My Books For Vacation

T-minus 17 days until we leave for Europe for 2 weeks. OH EM GEE.




I’ve got soooo much to do and pack and get together for our trip in this time but of course, like the cliche bookworm I am, all I’m thinking about is what books I’ll bring. Because obviously….books.

After a vacation back in 2013 I mused on the fact that I never read as much as I think I will on vacation. I have that “eyes are bigger than my stomach” syndrome that my mom always would get on me about when it came to putting food on my plate. It’s the same way for books. I end up bringing 3x more books than I actually read. 3x more than I could ACTUALLY read in a time frame if I’m being honest. But I think I over pack on books because we all know that my reading moods dictate what I read so what if I’m not in the mood for the more conservative number of like 3 books that I’ll read and I’m left book-less because I just cannot even try to read something I’m not in the mood for.

I mean, Rory explains it best:

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Reading On Vacation

Ever since I was little I had this habit of my “eyes being bigger than my stomach.” I heard that repeatedly when I was little from my mom when it came to food. I would order wayyyy too much and eat maybe half of it. I still do this with food but also with packing. Going away for a week? Yep, I’ll have 4 weeks worth of outfits probably. I do this with my books also when I pack for vacation (if it’s a beach/mountain vacation that is). I bring way more books than I ever actually read. Maybe it’s that I’m ambitious or that I like to have options (because god forbid you only pack 2 books and you read them both in the first two days or they both suck) or maybe it’s just that I end up NOT reading on vacation even though I plan to.

This happened to me this past week. If you caught my tweets or my Instagram you would have seen that I was on vacation. Every other summer my family rents 3 houses in Fenwick Island, Delaware which is right near Ocean City, MD where we spend the time hanging out with each other, beachin’ it or going to the pool. Then for the weekend we go to our annual family reunion/crab feast in the Baltimore area.



Breaking News: This week, on vacation, Genevieve learned how to say Aunt Jamie. It sounds like MAY-ME but I LOVE IT. She also said Uncle Willie (sounds like wee-wee).



I brought 7 books PLUS whatever else was on my Kindle (this thing is a GODSEND for vacations) and I didn’t even make a dent in them. I can’t remember how much I read in years past but this year was abysmal considering all of the relaxing time we actually had. Seriously, we didn’t DO much but go to the beach or pool or hang out around the house together.

 I read:

-The last half of Just One Year by Gayle Forman
Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers
-The first half of Not A Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis (which I finished most of on the ride home)

I think part of the issue was all the auntly duties. My sister is hugely pregnant (8 months) so I did a lot of chasing around of Genevieve and playing with her PLUS their other kids (4 of them) were there. Never a moment to yourself when you add in the 30 other family members there. (I literally escaped for two hours on a cloudy-ish day and read in the bathtub which was the ONLY reason I got Some Girls Are finished.) Everything Genevieve did was just so darn cute, too, so that didn’t help plus I weirdly had some motherly instinct in which I kept watching her to make sure she didn’t go running off…even though there were other adults nearby.

I don’t regret the time I spent with the family and what not but I will say I was kind of bummed at how LITTLE I read. I read a lot on our honeymoon but maybe it’s that it was JUST Will and I around the pool/beach so it was easier? If we are on a vacation to a city or something really active, I don’t get so bummed about not reading because I know I’m not going to but, for some reason, when I’m doing a lot of lounging on vacation I get bummed when I don’t read a lot because WHY NOT?

But I had a lovely vacation with my family so that’s what matters! Going on vacation and looking for some good reads?  Check out my list of good beach/vacation books or take a peek at which books are in MY beach bag!

I’m curious about YOUR habits so let’s talk:

Do you find that you read MORE or LESS than usual on vacation? Do you have “eyes are bigger than your stomach syndrome” when it comes to packing books for vacation and ending up packing WAY more than you could read? Or do you pack the perfect amount? If you read MORE on vacation tell me how you do it! If you read less, what is it that distracts you from it or do you just choose to read at a more leisurely pace? Have you ever NOT brought enough books on vacation?? ALSO, what vacations have you taken this summer??

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