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.


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!

Molly 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!!

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".

Les in Oregon 8/16/18, 11:55 PM  

I always have high hopes of reading while we're on our road trips, but there's far too much to see and do and the evenings are spent writing in my travel journal or researching the next day's outings (or catching up on social media, if we're going to be completely honest here!). ;)

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