I’m on vacation this week. I didn’t go anywhere exciting or exotic, I’m just not at work. Spending time puttering around the house, playing with the dog and … oh yeah. Reading. A lot.
Do your reading habits change when you’re on vacation? Do you read more? Do you indulge in lighter, fluffier books than you usually read? Do you save up special books so you’ll be able to spend real vacation time with them? Or do you just read the same old stuff, vacation or not?
It depends on the type of vacation. If it’s a staycation or visiting family or friends, I tend to read a lot more. I don’t really save up any special books; I just keep going down my TBR list. However, if I am going way to a place I have never been before I find that I don’t really read that much because I spend most of my time exploring. I usually pack the book I am currently reading so that I can read on my way there and back. If I am nearly finished with the book I pack an extra one.
You’ve just had a long, hard, exhausting day, and all you want to do is curl up with something light, fun, easy, fluffy, distracting, and entertaining.
What book do you pick up?
During stressful times, I pick up a Pride and Prejudice retelling. I find it fascinating how creative writers can be with retelling a classic. Can you tell I have a soft spot for Pride and Prejudice? I recently read A Wife for Mr. Darcy and Only Mr. Darcy Will Do; both were rather enjoyable. However, if I had to pick between the two I would pick Only Mr. Darcy Will Do. My other go to book(s) would be Anne of Green Gables series.
Do you multi-task when you read? Do other things like stirring things on the stove, brushing your teeth, watching television, knitting, walking, et cetera? Or is it just me, and you sit and do nothing but focus on what you’re reading? (Or, if you do both, why, when, and which do you prefer?)
Yes, sometimes I multi-task while I read. I occasionally read while I eat, check email, or watch TV. For the most part, I read during my morning and evening commute. But if get adsorbed into a book then I prefer to do nothing but read :).
It’s been a bit crazy lately so I have neglected my blog and missed a few BTT memes. So let’s catch up… Borrowing?: Who would you rather borrow from? Your library? Or a Friend? (Or don’t your friends trust you to return their books?) And, DO you return books you borrow? I prefer to borrow […]
Name a book (or books) from a country other than your own that you love. Or aren’t there any?
I love reading book from all over the world. Foreign books expose you to experiences from other parts of the world, other time periods, and other cultural perspectives. If you have not read any foreign books you are missing out. A few of my favorites include:
- Anne of Green Gables – L.M. Montgomery
- Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
- The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
- The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
- Les Misérable – Victor Hugo
- The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
- The House of Spirits – Isabel Allende
- Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
- The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera
What are some of your favorite foreign books or authors?
If you could rewrite the ending of any book, which book would it be? And how would you change it?
This is a really good question and I am sure I felt like that after reading a few books. However, the only one that comes to mind is Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer. I felt that she forced a happy ending for everyone. Jacob is a teenager so I am sure he would have gotten over Bella eventually. The fact that he was destined for her daughter did not bother me as much as her trying to make him have a happily ever after ending.
When you travel, how many books do you bring with you?
Has this changed since the arrival of ebooks?
It depends on the length of the trip. If it’s a short trip I usually just take whatever I am reading. Since I like to travel lightly the most books I will carry are three, current read plus two back-ups.
I don’t own an e-reader but have been debating about getting one for the longest time. I enjoy holding the book in my hands and flipping the pages, which is why I have been resisting. However, I am beginning to see the benefits of getting one. An e-reader would take up less space in my bag and I could carry more than one book without adding weight to my bag.