Destination Reading

There’s a certain amount of smugness that I get when the flight attendant tells all the other passengers to put away their portable electronics and I think to myself, But I don’t have to put away my book.

But really, is there anything better than a good book on a great trip? Somehow the two memories fuse together, and you can never pick up that book again without remembering that summer or that Christmas.

Right now I’m vacationing in Napa Valley and San Diego, California. Both locations pair beautifully with Ann Patchett’s State of Wonder, somehow an easy read that avoids being shallow.

What makes a great vacation book great? Is it a simple, fast-paced plot? Lush scenery that reflects the scenery around you?

One of my favorite destination reading experiences happened when I was six and travelled to Japan with my mother and grandmother. It was a long flight, and I woke up completely disoriented in a strange house. A lady came into the room and began to speak Japanese to me, which scared me, because I couldn’t find my mom. Naturally, I shut the door in her face, and read A Little House on The Prairie until my mom came back. That book was at once my home and my exotic escape, one of the most vivid memories I have.

What is “destination reading” to you? What are some of your favorite vacation reading memories?

Wish me luck as I continue to power through my 2014 Reading Challenge! As always, if you like what I have to say, please subscribe by email in the box to the right. Happy reading!

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3 thoughts on “Destination Reading

  1. Wow I can definitely relate to this with the Harry Potter series. I remember reading one each summer when they would come out. I remember where I was and what was going on in my life for each one of those 7 books.

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