When you travel, how many books do you bring with you?
Has this changed since the arrival of ebooks?
I have a really simple answer to this question. A lot.
I (try) to take two trips to Vermont a year. I go with one of my best friends to her grandmothers and sleep, eat good food, and veg. It’s pretty awesome. But I can never decide which books to bring with me on vacation.
Here’s a little perspective about my vacation book habits…
I took my last trip up to Vermont this past August (I think thats when it was). I brought 13 books with me. That’s out of an orginal pile of twenty-something. I came back from Vermont with 29 books. I bought 16 while I was there. In the five day trip, I read six books. All I can really say is Aye yaye yaye.
Because this is a trip where I drive and don’t fly, that amount of books is manageable. When I go to Wyoming next year though, I definitely won’t be bringing that many books. I have no clue at this point how I’ll decide, but hey. I’ve got time.
Oh, and the ebook part of this. No ebooks don’t change what I do. Since I have a tendency to leave behind my computer – which is essentially my ebook reader – I don’t read them when I’m on vacation. If I bring my computer I know I’ll start working which is totally against the whole point, ya know?
So, what are your vacation book habits?
I reduce a stack of about 10 books to 2 trade paperbacks and Kindle when I fly to Asia. The length of the trip is key to how many hard copies I’m bringing. I almost never use my Kindle when I’m not traveling.
Ha-ha. I love to peruse book store in small communities that I visit while on vacation so I can see myself doing the same thing, bring home more books that I brought.
Haha, my boyfriend and I did that on his last visit – ended up at the end of it with more books than we came with. He came down with three, I went up with one, and he left with…six or seven? I came home with four or five. But to be fair, we spent most of our time together going through used book and comic book stores, so it was gonna happen. If I’d had more money, it probably would have been worse, lol.
I love trips, especially driving trips, because I know I’ll have time to read. How many depends on how long the trip is, though. My last outing was two days and I took two books. Finished one, but it had to compete with sleep, a portable TV, and my DS, lol.
Those kind of trips make me wish a had an e-book reader, but like you, my e-book reader is my computer (if it weren’t for the damn DRM on e-galleys it could be my DS, though :/).