The Unpretentious Reader

Beach reads

I haven’t talked about this on the blog yet, but in seven days, Danny and I will be headed off to Kauai, Hawaii for an entire week!


We visited Kauai for the first time in 2014 and fell in love with the island – so it’s no surprise we’ve managed to find our way back there again. We plan on spending this trip doing much of the same as the last one: snorkeling, hiking, eating fresh and delicious food, and last but not least, my favorite thing to do on vacation: reading on the beach!

Though the term “beach read” can mean “chick lit” to many people, that’s not really how I gauge what I bring to the beach. (Although there’s NOTHING wrong with the latter. And, side note, why isn’t there a genre called “dude lit”? Inquiring minds need to know.) When going on vacation, I will typically bring at minimum three books, plus some extras on my Kindle and at least one good audiobook on my phone. My worst nightmare is running out of books to read on vacation. If I get a lot of relaxation time, it’s not uncommon for me to finish 2-3 books on a single, week-long vacation. I have to come prepared!

I also like to have variety, because my mood determines what I feel like reading at any given moment, and there’s nothing worse than being bored with the books you brought and having nothing to switch to. So after several reminder emails that I had books waiting to be picked up at the library, here’s what I’m looking at:

Beach reads!

OBVIOUSLY it would be impractical to try to travel with this many books (but WOULD IT? whispers the oversized backpack in my closet). The ones I’m leaning towards bringing are The Year of the Flood (I’ve already started reading this one off and on), The Book of Unknown Americans (this is the pick for my book club this month), and The Love that Split the World. Oh and obviously Harry Potter, assuming I don’t finish it before we leave next week (that copy is mine, preordered from Amazon like the HP-loving nerd I am).


I’m also listening to The Wise Man’s Fear (book two in the Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss) but, considering the 9+ hours of traveling we’ll be doing both ways, I suspect I’ll finish it before the trip is over. Just to be safe, I plan on downloading Truly, Madly, Guilty, Liane Moriarty’s latest book, as well. I have high hopes for that one!

Finally, I’ll grab a a couple of titles for my Kindle from the library – not sure which ones, yet. It usually depends on whatever the library has available. 🙂

What do you like to read on vacation??

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