Touring my TBR Spreadsheet and Shelves

This month I’m talking about vacation books and reading.

I always say that my requirements for vacation are books and someplace where I can watch water in motion (preferably ocean, but a river will do).

I have tried a couple of times to take just one huge book on vacation and just focus on that single book but that just doesn’t work for me. I think vacation brings on my short attention span. I need to be able to read, watch the ocean, read, watch people, read something else for a bit, watch the ocean . . . repeat as needed.

When I go on vacation I take way more books than I can possibly read. I fear being somewhere without access to a bookstore or library and not having several books to choose from.

I have to say that my nook has helped a lot to ease that fear. It’s also helped with reducing the weight of my suitcase. I still take a pile of books with me when we’re driving to our vacation destination but when I fly I now manage to limit it to 2 or 3. I have to have a paper book with me on the plane because that whole having to turn off my nook during take off and landing makes me twitch with the need to have something to read at that very moment.

I like to have a variety of books and genres available to choose from when on vacation. I’ve learned over the years that I should stick with fiction for vacation reading. When I read non-fiction I need to have my computer readily available because I seem to constantly want to look up more information. These are a few of the books that I have on my vacation reading menu this week either in paper or electronic versions.. I won’t read all of them but these are high on my priority list and fit the types of books I tend to choose for vacation.

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel: I love a big fat historical saga for airplane and beach reading. I’ve heard so many good things about this one and I’d like to at least start this one while I have a good chunk of time to devote to it.
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson Life After Life by Kate Atkinson: This is her newest one and it’s getting a ton of positive buzz
Leaving Everything Most Loved by Jacqueline Winspear Leaving Everything Most Loved by Jacqueline Winspear: It’s been nearly a year since I read the last Maisie Dobbs book and this newest one is definitely high on my priority list.
Sarum by Edward Rutherfurd I’ll also have my current long term re-read of Sarum by Edward Rutherfurd with me and this one will definitely be in the mix.
The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz: I’ve been meaning to read this one for ages and I think it’ll be a nice change of pace from some other books I’ll have.
Voodoo River by Robert Crais Voodoo River by Robert Crais: I am way behind in reading the Elvis Cole and Joe Pike books. It’s time to get back to them.

These are just some of the titles I’ve got on my vacation possibilities list. I may read them or I may go with something completely different. That’s why I like my nook for traveling besides it allows me to have plenty of books to choose from without sacrificing valuable shoe space in the suitcase.

How do you approach vacation reading? Do you need a variety of books to choose from or do you focus on one or two?