Booking Through Thursday -Vacation Spots

Another question inspired by the Bunch of Grapes on Martha’s Vineyard having burned down on the Fourth of July.

Do you buy books while on vacation/holiday?
Do you have favorite bookstores that you only get to visit while away on a trip?
What/Where are they?


Okay…  I’ve not been on “vacation slash holiday” in a few years, so reading everyone’s posts will, I’m sure, fill me with insane jealousy… but I shall move forward and do my best to not let it show…You suck! You Suck! YOU SUCK!!!

Actually, I’ve never considered buying books as souvenirs from a vacation and, other than if I wanted the book and would’ve bought it anyway, have never bought one while vacating.  ACTUALLY, even, I’ve never taken a book on any vacation except summer camp.  Shocking! I know.

I’ve never made a special trip to check out a bookstore while on vacation, though if I came across one while at a mall I might duck into it and look around.  The farthest-from-home book-shopping I’ve done has been it Indianapolis, where I used to hit the Half Price bookstore on the way home from work.  But if I’m in Kokomo (about 40 minutes from my home), I usually whip over to Books-a-Million to see what they’ve got that my Waldenbooks doesn’t have.

All this bookless vacationing was before my current bibliomania, but I’d have to say… If I were going on a family vacation next week, I’d still probably not pack nor shop for books.  I wouldn’t have the time because I’d be too busy spending time with my kids and sightseeing to think about books.  This week’s fair excursions have proven that.  I’ve finished one book that I had started last week, I’ve read the first story of One More Year, and I’m almost half way through A Thousand Splendid Suns… that’s it.  That’s all the reading I’ve managed to accomplish this week. 

Animals, merchants and rides, O My! Elephant Ears, Lemon Shake-Ups, and roas’nears (that’s grilled corn on the cob for those of you not fluent in Hoosier).  Books… they’ve taken a back burner.


13 Responses

  1. Your vacations sound like good, active ones.

  2. Bookless vacationing? Oh, the horror! I’m all for sightseeing and family time, but I cannot stand to be on a plane or in a hotel room without a book to read. You’re a stronger woman than I 🙂

  3. It’s tough to find time to read on vacation with kids. I managed to read after the kid went to sleep. Not that I do a lot of travelling 😉

  4. Wow, it’s been like forever since I went to a fair! Did they have piglets? I love looking at the baby pigs. Also love the Books-a-Million stores, but they’ve mostly closed down the ones in our area. Anyway, you need to go on a nice long vacation right now – with or without reading matter!

  5. I sometimes don’t take a book with me on vacation. I tend to forget about books unless I see a bookstore.

  6. Fairs- fun! 🙂 I can’t imagine a vacation without reading time though! 🙂

  7. Great answer, I really enjoyed reading it! I so wish we had Half Price books in our area of the country. We have Borders, B&N and Books a Million but that’s it. I’ve heard they are great for book lovers 🙂

    Have a great day and happy Reading! Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier 🙂

  8. My vacations were very much like yours when my kids were younger, but now that they are teens (and both boys) my husband does alot of outdoorsy things with them – to give me a good chance to relax and read. Weekends on the lake are my chance to relax and their chance to thump their chests while doing manly (dirty, messy, sometimes bizarre) things! 🙂

  9. Bookless vacations?!?!? Lucky for you I just mailed you How to Be Lost…otherwise, I might have re-thunk that move. 😉

  10. I always have a few books with me (to match my reading mood) and always seem to find a book to buy. The only time I was serious about buying books on vacation was while I was in London and wanted to buy several old copies of Dicken’s novels that had been published in England.

  11. I’m sorry. I must jump in on this bookless vacation idea of yours. Whatever is it that you do on vacation? I guess, in part, I understand just doing nothing. Sometimes I get burned out on the reading and need a break.

  12. Vacations for me are visiting my family in the province, and not some trip to an exotic place :p But wherever I go, I always have a book with me!

  13. Hummm I am hungry now! I need to go to the local fair!

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