For many people, vacations are the perfect time to break out a new book and read by the pool/on the beach/on a plane. I think I'm a little bit of an aberration, because no matter how much I might want to, reading always seems to end up being a low priority for me when I'm on vacation, and over the years I've made the decision to only bring rereads when we're on a trip.
Depending on the length of the trip, I typically bring anywhere from two to four books with me. I'm always worried I'll run out of stuff to read, but honestly, 99% of the time, it's too ambitious! Like, when we went to Watkins Glen for a long weekend and I brought Gone With the Wind? Yeah, I think I read two chapters!
It usually comes down to the fact that I don't end up with a lot of reading time when we're on vacation. Some of our trips recently have involved our niece and nephews. I love spending time with them, but apparently tiny children never stop moving (except when they're napping). And if they're not sitting still, you're not sitting still - so I seem to spend more time blowing bubbles and coloring than reading!
Even when it's just Tom and I, we spend a lot of time exploring. Our trips aren't typically very long, so we try to cram a lot of sightseeing in, in just a couple days. And Tom isn't really one for sitting around - when I told him I wanted to spend a day on the beach during our Hawaiian honeymoon, I think we lasted an hour before he got restless! I do tend to read a lot on planes, so that's one time I can get some uninterrupted reading in.
So, since my reading time is often limited or prone to disruptions on vacations, I'd rather be rereading a favorite book than trying to absorb something new. I don't have to worry about stopping in the middle of a chapter or forgetting what I've just read!
Do you typically read a lot when you're on vacation? What kinds of books do you like to bring on trips?