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June 17: Books on Vacation (suggested by me!)
Prompts: What books do you like to bring on vacation? Do you bring any books at all? What kind of books do you think are good for a vacation? How much time do you usually have to read on vacation? What does an ideal vacation with a book look like?
Welcome everyone to another week of LTB here at DTRH. Yes yes, today is another topic suggested by yours truly, and just something I was thinking of randomly one day. I always want to bring a book on a relaxing vacation, but how much I get to read it…well, that always remains to be seen. Yet I always feel bad if I don’t plan on bringing one, what’s up with that?
I will usually bring something paperback and portable. After all, bringing Harry Potter: The Order of the Phoenix is likely not the light reading I will be doing on a beach (in the shade). I suppose it also depends if this is a snowy winter retreat or a summertime bbq outing. But this is definitely the time to pull out those “cozy” mysteries or other light reads that might make you enjoy your surroundings more.
I do usually end up bringing a book for more vacations, if not just to fill up the inevitable down-times like waiting for transit or queuing up for something. E-books (or library apps) have also made this particularly convenient. I’m not sure if it’s the idea of bringing a book to read or actually bringing a book to read that gets me more. It’s probably one of those catch 22s: you’ll miss it if you don’t bring it, but won’t read it if you do, and either way you’ll feel a small regret. Anyone else get that?
I think in general, if it’s a relaxing type of vacation, lots of time to chill and read in a nice and calming environment can be very healing. On the other hand, trying to cram in reading time in a jam-packed adventure is probably not the best idea. I think I’ll usually try to read in downtimes, or when hiding from blazing sun, or perhaps right before sleeping when activities are winding down. Do any of you read outside? I am an indoor person in general, but I think reading in a hammock could be quite relaxing too.
My ideal vacation with a book would definitely be one where there are activities to do, but then downtimes to decompress and be with myself. I need those times to myself where I don’t have to interact with others, and I think a book provides a perfect excuse for just that (aside from a nice nap, of course). How do you all enjoy your vacations? Or perhaps are your vacations a time away from your books? Let me know in the comments below!