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.
What are you reading right now? What made you choose it? Are you enjoying it? Would you recommend it? (And, by all means, discuss everything, if you’re reading more than one thing!)
I am currently reading two books. I am rarely read more than one book at a time but since my current read is too heavy to carry around I decided to start reading a second book during my commute.
- The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett: I chose to read this book after seeing the Starz’s Original series based on this book. I really enjoyed the series but figured that 8 episodes was not enough to cover a 900+ pages book. Usually movies or series based on books leave out details so I was not surprised that a lot of details of the story were either changed or omitted. I am more than half way through the book and I am really enjoying it. I would recommend the book especially if you enjoy historical novels.
- Emotional Intelligence: Why it can matter more than IQ by Daniel Goleman: I like reading during my commute but carrying The Pillars of the Earth is not practical so I figured I should select another book for my commute. I picked this book because I have been hearing about Emotional Intelligence and this book has been referenced a lot in articles and blogs. I just started but so can’t say how I feel about recommending it yet.