Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Read on Vacation

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is Books I Read On Vacation. I always take way too many books with me on vacation. Actually, I always have a book with me wherever I go. I think that’s just typical of book lovers. Here are some books I remember taking with me on recent vacations (and also ones I verified I took with me on certain vacations using Goodreads).

Maryland 2022: Earlier this year my family and I took a weekend road trip to Maryland to visit my family and attend my cousin’s wedding.

  • A Time to Die and A Time to Speak by Nadine Brandes: I brought both of these thinking I would race through them and ended up struggling to get through A Time to Die. I waited to read A Time to Speak until later.
  • Lia and Beckett’s Abracadabra by Amy Noelle Parks (eBook): When I couldn’t fathom starting A Time to Speak, I pulled up my NetGalley copy of this book to read instead.

California 2019: My last “real” vacation was in 2019 when my family traveled to California to visit family and go to Disneyland. I read a lot of books during this trip. Looking back, I’m not sure how except I assume I read the entire time on the plane ride and also randomly in the car as we went from place to place. I would like to note I brought Peter Pan and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with me but I did not read them during the trip. I wanted them to take pictures at Disney. Peter Pan made me read to him from the first page and Mad Hatter was thrilled he was on the cover. It was great.

  • Shadow and Bone trilogy by Leigh Bardugo: I can’t remember if I read book one during this trip or finished it before. I know I read Siege and Storm and Ruin and Rising during the trip.
  • The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord: I apparently finished this in a day XD
  • Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell: This was perfect to read as we visited the Pacific Ocean!
  • The Warrior Maiden by Melanie Dickerson (eBook): I had an advanced egalley of this that I read.
  • Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne (eBook): I don’t remember why I started this, whether it’s because I ran out of physical books or wasn’t in the mood to read what I had brought with me. I know I read most of this on the plane ride home.
  • Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Honeymoon 2018: When I got married in 2018, my husband and I spent our honeymoon at Hocking Hills in Ohio and Mammoth Cave in Kentucky. We had a few long car rides so I had plenty of time to read.

  • Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young: I think I decided to take this with me because it seemed to fit aesthetically with staying in a cabin in the woods.
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien: I also brought this with me to reread and take pictures while we went hiking.
  • King Lear by William Shakespeare (eBook): I was planning to start a retelling of King Lear and wanted to read the original play first.
  • Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston: I started this toward the end of the trip. I usually like to take books I own with me on vacation so I probably just threw it in my bag just in case.
  • Fairest by Marissa Meyer (audiobook): While we drove, William listened to Fairest by Marissa Meyer. He was in the middle of listening through The Lunar Chronicles and that one was available on a library app.

Florida Missions Trip 2017: In July of 2017, I took a missions trip with my church down to the Ocala National Forest in Florida. Despite being super busy the entire time we were there, I managed to read three books.

Ecuador 2014: In college, I took a service learning trip to Ecuador during spring break. I don’t remember how many books I took or what I would have brought with me since I was in college except I know I brought Remnants: Season of Wonder by Lisa T. Bergren. I distinctly remember sitting in my seat on the plane reading that book, which is wild. (According to my Goodreads from that year, that might have been the only book I took with me to read. Which is also wild to think about. How did I go a whole week without reading more than one book???)

What books have you taken on vacation? Don’t forget to join the link-up!

6 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Read on Vacation

  1. You do a lot better than me about noting which books you read on which vacation – there’s no way I can figure that out. So I did a bit of a twist this week. As I browsed through the titles you’ve read I saw Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young and I just finished her Spells for Forgetting and loved it, so immediately added this one to my TBR. THANKS! Hope you have a terrific week and find time to read a good book.
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys

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    • I really only know because I keep track via Goodreads. I looked back through when I took certain trips and checked Goodreads for that timeframe to see what I marked as read.

      And I just read Spells for Forgetting, too, and enjoyed it a lot! 🙂


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