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Confessions of a Serial Reader – The Ones We Take on Vacation

>> Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Confessions of a Serial Reader

I don’t really stick to any specific series, genre or book type when I go on vacation. My only rule about books and vacation is to take at least three times more than I could possibly read. I like to be prepared for a sudden swing in my reading mood depending on the weather, plans for the day or a sudden whimpulse to read something different than what is currently in my hand. This is much easier to do when we take a vacation that involves driving to our destination. When we fly somewhere I always take a few paper books but I have to be honest that this is when I really do love that we both have nooks. I don't have to try to take just books we'll both read. In the days of stricter size and weight limits for luggage and fees for everything, an e-reader keeps me from having to make that horrible choice of “This book or those shoes but not both”.

Out of curiosity I browsed our reading lists for the past few years to see if there was any sort of pattern or series that showed up in our vacation reading choices so I could make sure I had the right mix on the nooks before our next vacation.

Both The Hubster and I read plenty of non-series books on vacation but there are a few series that we clearly turn to again and again when we’re going to spend several days sitting, reading and watching the ocean. Series can be nice to take for vacation because it’s a bit of a known quantity before you even open the book.

Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series
Killing Floor by Lee Child
I think it’s the combination of fast paced action and books that we like to read in a few settings instead of a chapter or two here and there that makes this a go to vacation series for us. Besides Reacher is a character that both women and men can like.

Tim Dorsey’s Serge Storms series
Florida Roadkill by Tim Dorsey
This series makes great vacation fare. Noting about it can be taken seriously and the madcap craziness and laughs are great for reading in a relaxed atmosphere.

David Rosenfelt's Andy Carpenter series
Open and Shut by David Rosenfelt
These are fun quick and quick witted mysteries with enough laughs mixed in that they don’t break the spell of the relaxation mode. I’ve switched to audio for this series so it probably won’t show up on my vacation mix unless it’s one that is ‘next in the series’ for both of us and we’re driving to our destination.

For me the need for something out of the light fiction, historical fiction or cozy mystery realm is always necessary to have in the mix when packing for vacation.

Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove and Blossom Street series
1105 Yakima StreetSummer on Blossom Street

The Cedar Cove series has been a summer vacation staple for me for the past few years but I’ve finished that series so may focus on catching up with her Blossom Street series now.

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles' Moreland Dynasty Series
 The Founding by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Last year I started Cynthia Harrod-Eagles’ Moreland Dynasty series on our vacation. That was a good fit and I’ve already got the second book on my shelf.

Julie Hyzy's White House Chef series
State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy
I want to get caught up on this series this year so I should probably make sure I have at least one with me on vacation.

What about you? Do you have series that you prefer to read when you’re in more relaxed setting and away from your normal day to day routine? Do you prefer certain genres or types of books for vacation reading?


Jen 2/14/2012 6:54 AM  

I don't have a specific series to read, but what I do like to do when I'm on vacation is pick a couple books I didn't have a chance to get to but wanted to when they first came out. I make it my vacation all reading "obligated" books. :-)

Bookfool 2/14/2012 3:09 PM  

I'm not much of a series reader, as you probably know, but I did love The Founding and need to get a copy of the second book in the series. That'll keep you busy for years!

I tend to buy books while on vacation, like Jen, though. If I drag anything along, I'm sure to reject it unless I'm already well into the reading. Strange, but true.

Marg 2/14/2012 4:00 PM  

I don't really do seasonal reading at all. Not that I notice anyway. Most of the time I tend to still read whatever is due next.

Not sure when I will be going away next, but maybe I should trying a reading vacation and just read whatever I want next time I do go away!

Marg 2/14/2012 4:01 PM  

Meant to say that I have just read the fifth book in the Morland series and it is still really strong! I also read her Kirov saga last year, a trilogy set in Russia, and thought that was great too!

Kailana 2/15/2012 9:04 AM  

I am working on catching up on the Women's Murder Club this week. I can't seem to locate the 9th book second-hand, though. So, that might stall me a bit. I could buy it new, but I know I will do that and then find it second-hand...

SuziQoregon 2/21/2012 1:45 PM  

Jen: I generally do the same with vacation reading - stuff just for fun. This time around though, the books I really want to read next ARE the review books ;-)

Bookfool: Yes that series will last a lifetime. One of these days I'll get around to the second book.

Marg: I think you should definitely try for a reading vacation. A bit of free-range reading does the blogger good. Good to hear a subsequent book in the Moreland series is good - that's promising. I haven't read any of her other books.

Kailana: I think I've read through book 6 in that series.

Les 2/27/2012 7:11 AM  

I'm trying to figure out what to pack for my upcoming trip to Hawaii next week. I've got a couple of mysteries by favorite authors, as well as a few ARCs that look pretty good. Plus a couple of novels that have come highly recommended. We'll see what kind of mood I'm in. I generally do most of my reading while flying and sitting in airports. Once I'm at my location, I'm too busy taking in the sights and shooting pictures. I'll pack 6-8 books and maybe read 2. :)

SuziQoregon 3/06/2012 7:15 AM  

Les - I saw that you got lots of rain on your vacation - hope you had plenty to read. Looking forward to hearing more about your vacation and not just the reading part when you get back.

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