10 August 2018

Vacation Reading; Or, What's on My Tablet

New books in August & September 2018Do you read when you're on vacation? I always have high hopes of quiet evenings or relaxing afternoons with my books, but in fact, I rarely read at all when I'm on an adventure.

Nevertheless, I simply cannot travel without a book or two (or twenty). Because, well, you never know, and I kind of panic at the thought of being stuck without something to read!

Truth is, I usually manage an audiobook or two when in the car or on a train. But even then my mind is not solidly on my book. After all, there are new things to see out the window.

Airplanes are a safer bet for audio or print reading, especially when traveling alone. I always hope a book, earbuds, or tablet tells the stranger sitting next to me to simply leave me alone. Alas, it doesn't always work.

In the old days, I would carefully choose two or three paperbacks, judging their weight and resigning myself to leaving them behind after I finished reading. Now, thanks to eBooks, smartphones, and tablets, I don't have to make those painful decisions. I can take ALL.THE.BOOKS!

So, even though I know I probably won't read a page, I downloaded a bunch of August and September eGalleys to my tablet. Because, yeah, I can't travel without a gazillion books! *insert hysterical laughter here*

Here's a peek at a few of the books I'm "packing" for vacation. I also have literary fiction and nonfiction on my tablet, but let's face it, I'm probably going to turn to escape reading.

Historical Fiction

  • Books for Vaction ReadingThe Air You Breath by Frances De Pointes Peebles (Riverhead, August): Set in Brazil and then America, starting in the 1930. The story of a childhood friendship that remains strong as the girls mature into women.
  • The Glass Ocean by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, and Karen White (William Morrow, August): Set in the modern times and 1915. The story of three women and their link to the ill-fated RMS Lusitania.
  • The Last Hours by Minette Walters (Mira, August): Set in Dorsetshire in the mid-1300s. The story of a noble woman trying to protect her people from both the plague and the all-too-human murderer in their mist.
  • The Lost Carousel of Provence by Juliet Blackwell (Berkley, September): Set in modern times and about 100 years ago in France. A freelance photography delves into the history of a fallen family and their once great estate.
Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Vaction reading in 2018Desolation Mountain by William Kent Krueger (Atria, September): Set in Minnesota; part of a series. In the latest Cork O'Connor mystery, the detective and his son investigate the circumstances that caused a private plane to crash, killing a U.S. Senator.
  • Leave No Trace by Mindy Mejia (Emily Bestler, September): Set in Minnesota; a standalone. A language specialist at a psychiatric hospital is charged helping a new uncommunicative patient. A decade earlier the patient had disappeared with his father into the Boundary Waters; can she learn what happened?
  • Our House by Louise Candlish (Berkley, August): Set in London; a standalone. When a woman pulls up to the house she shares with her ex-husband, a new family is moving in. Her husband and children have disappeared and she is left alone to face the past and the secrets they so carefully kept.
  • A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux (Mira, September): Set in Florida; a debut mystery from a romance author. A writer, her housemate, and her niece team together to solve a 20-year-old murder of a local mother and daughter. Could be the start of a new cozy series.
Speculative Fiction
  • Books to read on vacation 2018Melmoth by Sarah Perry (Custom House, October): A Gothic tale, set throughout the 20th century and across the globe, following a robed figure of fairy tales and legends who dooms all those who cross her path.
  • Rule by Ellen Goodlett (Little, Brown BYR, September): First in a duology. Three illegitimate daughters of a dying king are brought to court and told one will be heir to the throne. Each has secrets and different strengths, and only one can rule.
  • The Sea Queen by Linnea Hartsuyker (Harper, August): Set 6 years after The Half-Drowned King, we revisit the violent Viking world and Harald's continued quest to unit the Norsemen under his rule. Not technically a fantasy, but prophecies, tales, and gods abound.
  • The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner (Redhook, September): Set in Ukraine and based on folk legends. Two sisters have a happy childhood until passing travelers seem to awaken dark forces. Magic, shape-shifting, and family secrets.

10 comments:

Kristin 8/10/18, 6:15 AM  

Such a great list of books, of which I have a few that I will be reading!!! I'm currently on vacation myself, but only at the beach so of course I knew I would have plenty of time to read, but didn't get as much reading time as I had hoped :( We're here with my husband's family - his sister has 4 kids and while it's great spending time with them, it doesn't end up being as relaxing as I anticipate!

Enjoy your vacation and your books :)

bermudaonion 8/10/18, 8:42 AM  

I always take far too many books on vacation. I went to the beach with a friend last week and was sure I'd finish my current read (at the time) and I hardly read at all. I hope you have a fabulous trip!!

rhapsodyinbooks 8/10/18, 8:42 AM  

l always take extra because what if I don't like the book and want to abandon it but I'm stuck over the middle of the Atlantic Ocean or Texas or whatever? E books do make that situation easier to handle!

My Cozy Book Nook 8/10/18, 9:04 AM  

I do read on vacation - but it is about the only time I read on my Kindle. I am still an old-fashioned girl and prefer turning the real pages of a book :)

The Glass Ocean sounds a book I must add to the TBR list. I enjoy books told from different perspectives in alternate years.

Have a fabulous getaway!

Daryl 8/10/18, 9:30 AM  

i have more audio books on my phone than i do e books on my iPad .. but when on a plane even w/in-ear earbuds i find the sound of the plane makes it hard to hear ... i guess thats why they give you those over ear head sets which i cant wear ... some of these sound like great reading vacation or not

SuziQoregon 8/10/18, 11:15 AM  

Have a fabulous time!!

Vicki 8/10/18, 1:12 PM  

I take my Kindle Fire and my iPhone, but don't get much reading done. I hope you have a fantastic time!

Kay 8/10/18, 4:25 PM  

Like you, I'm so delighted to be able to take 'all the books' with me. I read on my Kindle most of the time, so that's not new for me. I also listen to a lot of audiobooks and we listen when we travel by car. The fun part there is finding a book that both of us will like. I've done pretty well so far. If I had to give a suggestion, read OUR HOUSE. It was good. I never read as much as I think I will, but there have been times...have a great time!

Tina 8/11/18, 7:58 AM  

Now that’s a great list of books and I will be heading to NetGalley to see if some are available. I always take books on vacation because, as you said, you never know. But I usually get around to reading.

Sarah (Sarah's Book Shelves) 8/11/18, 3:42 PM  

Oh man - planer talkers are the worst! I don't understand how they see the book come out and think it's just a prop...that, actually, we DO want to talk rather than read.

I always say something like "I have little kids, so I treasure the reading time I get on a plane" or "this book is so good...I can't wait to read more of it".

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