The 10 Books I Am Bringing On Vacation




Let's talk about the books I am planning on bringing with me on vacation this year!  I hope I'm not the only one who puts a lot of pressure on myself to pick the perfect books to bring on vacation.  I went so far as to include book-buying purchases in my vacation budget this year.  It's that important to have a good book to read on a road trip! (Let's just overlook the fact that I can't even read in the car without feeling nauseous these days.  I still need the books.)

I typically like books that are light-hearted, quick reads on vacation - the typical beach read, but I went a slightly different direction this year.  This time I chose books that I knew would probably not disappoint me.  After spending last year's vacation on a book that ended with a not-great message, I wanted to skip over moral depravity and choose something a little more likely to contribute to my intellectual growth.  And of course something that I'd enjoy reading.  So here we go!

(I hope you don't mind that I used affiliate links below.  Trying to up my chances of recouping some book costs, since I spent too much on vacation books...yikes!)


Fiction/Non-Fiction Books

The last time we took this particular trip, I made it through five books on my vacation.  That's alot, even for me! However, I chose five books for this trip as well.  I highly doubt I'l get through all of these since they are all a bit more meaty than the books I brought with my the last time we went to Arizona, but still, it's best to be prepared when it comes to books.



Persuasion - Ever since I finished my third Jane Austen book in high school, I've been hesitant to pick up another one.  Not because I didn't enjoy it, but because I had precious few Jane Austen books left, and if I read them all I would never again have a new Jane Austen book to read.  I realize now how silly this was, since I've been itching to pick up Emma as a re-read.  I am not a re-reader, but I will re-read Jane Austen and probably enjoy it every bit as much as the first time.  Still, Persuasion is one of her books that I haven't read yet.  I've decided I need to just go ahead and read all of Austen's works instead of trying to spread them out.

Deal Alert!! You can actually get the kindle version of Persuasion for free and add the Audible narration for $0.49, as of the last time I checked!  Get yourself over there and grab it if you are a fellow Austen fan!

My Cousin Rachel - I picked this up because I read Rebecca last year.  And despite that book ending rather horribly (it's not really a spoiler because you kind of get that sense of impending doom from the start), I somehow weirdly really liked it.  I feel like maybe it's not a great book for a Christian girl to enjoy, but I kind of did.  Even the ending was a weird sort of poetic justice that was weirdly satisfying.  In a weird way.  Anyway, Du Maurier's writing is just fun to me because in Rebecca there was just the right amount of creepy, so I decided to just go for it and try My Cousin Rachel.  I'll keep you posted on how it goes.

The Big Four - You just cannot go wrong with Agatha Christie.

The Choir Immortal - This book was still in the mail when I took the picture above.  Several years ago I read House Of Living Stones, and I loved it and then forgot about it...until I realized that Schuermann's third book in the series was coming out and I hadn't read the second!  I remember liking the characters and small-church-in-a-small-town atmosphere in the first book, and I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next.  This is just my happy book, in case I get tired of the potential tragedy and crime from the other books on this list.  

The Life-Giving Home - Two different people recommended this book to me recently, and then I saw that Elizabeth was reading it too...so I decided to go for it!  I've read a bit by Clarkson, but this will be my first full book by her.


Activity Books

And of course, no road trip is complete without some fun activity books, right?



Wipe-Clean Usborne Books (this is my blog friend's consultant link, just FYI) - I wanted something for the kids to do in the car that wouldn't get too messy or complicated, and I thought these books looked fun! They include a bunch of mazes, tracing, etc, with a dry erase marker that wipes clean.  I think the kids will love them.  I got four, even though I'll probably confiscate Clarice's pen...or give her a washable marker that matches her shirt.  But she would be indignant if I left her out.

True North Guide To The Grand Canyon - We're going to Arizona this year, and I remembered these guides from the homeschool conference I went to last year.  I hold to a young earth creationist perspective, and was excited to see these guides from Ken Ham's publishing company (I'm a Ken Ham fan).  I'm excited to take these along as we tour the Grand Canyon on vacation!  It'll also give me some interesting things to tell the kids about what we're looking at (since I don't think they'll be as awed by the Grand Canyon as we are.)



Audubon's North America Field Guide To Wildflowers: Western Region - This one is me trying to sneak a little more nerdy nature study/science in on this trip, for me and the kids. Plus, I've been dying to have this guide for a while, and I figured this was a good chance for me to use it!

Sodoku - I haven't done a Sudoku puzzle in forever, and I'm horrible at them, so I'm not sure what possessed me when I picked up this book.  I am hoping I won't get quite as carsick with this, as opposed to regular book in which I will be sick for an entire day if I dare read a chapter.  We shall see.  I am also packing pencils and erasers.

Brain Games - Unlike me, Derek is the Sudoku master, and whizzed right through the extra-super-hard puzzle book I bought him last time, so I'm hoping some of these will stump him.

What kind of books do you like to bring on vacation?





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3 comments

  1. I'm totally amazed that with so many kids you still read so much on vacation! Those Usborne activity books look fun!

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  2. Awesome list! I feel similarly about Jane Austen books. Maybe more like "I don't know if the amazement at her work will be replicated a second time." Also, Crayola makes dry erase crayons which work beautifully on the wipe clean books- especially for those who can't be trusted with the markers. Just don't leave them in the car to melt!

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  3. I feel like I'm subconsciously spreading out Jane Austen's novels too! I just have Mansfield Park left to read for the first time, and while I did read Persuasion when I was around 18 or 19, I have not retained anything from the story, so I plan to read it again at some point, and it'll feel like the first time haha. I need to read more Agatha Christie! I've just read one of her books. It's so intimidating when an author has such an extensive bibliography!

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