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?