I haven’t talked much about what ELSE I do besides thrifting… until now! I love reading, always have, always will, and today I’m going to share nine books that I’m taking on vacation for some road trip reading!
My Book Worm History…
Back in the olden days when I was young, broke and lived in Montreal, I spent my days off in the (air conditioned) library and worked my through Canadian lit, falling in love with Margaret Laurence, Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro, Timothy Findley, Carol Shields and more. I never cared much for fluffy books and Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs was about as light as I would go and even that was only because the book was set near my metro station! I wish that I had started keeping track of what I read way back then or even before, though that’s a labour that’s not really necessary; every book you read inhabits you, becomes a little part of you whether you record the title or not.
My reading habits have ebbed and flowed throughout different stages of life – university, early career, having kids, having no sleep, having sleep again, having time again. I have been in one or more book clubs since about 2001 and one of the first things I did when I moved to Houston was to find a book club (that also drinks wine!). I *thought* I would read more this past year but I wrestled with conflicted feelings about day reading – shouldn’t I be doing something more productive?! How could I read when there was (always) laundry to do?! Thankfully, I’m on the tail end of that nonsense thinking and embracing reading like a kid before WiFi! And so, for my summer road trip vacation this year, I chose nine books to bring along and thought I’d share them here.
9 Books for Summer Road Trip Reading
These books are mix of thrifted, purchased and borrowed from the library. And yes I know a kindle would be more convenient but I just don’t like them. I like to read my content on a device and my books on paper. #balance In no particular order, the books currently nestled between the dashboard and my knees are:
I requested this from the library for my kids but ended up starting it myself. Young Adult and Youth lit counts! And if you don’t believe me, I refer you to everyone who read Harry Potter as an adult! This is the only one of the nine books that I have started and so far, I’m loving it. The writing is simple but elegant and the imagery is beautiful. I want it to be a movie. Someone get on that.
I have read several C.S. Lewis books in the past – the Narnia series should not be missed – but chose this one because one of my Bible study groups selected it as their summer read. I’m going to miss the gathering but still want to read it. It’s short but no doubt rich with wisdom. Can’t wait! I have seen this book in second hand stores but of course not when I needed it so I ended up using a gift certificate to purchase it. I tend to only buy books I know I’ll want to keep and refer to, and I’m sure that will be the case for this classic.
I bought this book too with the intention of reading it aloud with my kids this summer. Turns out that’s not going to happen and since my friend Lilah loved it, I decided to read it and then encourage my sons to read it themselves as a prerequisite for seeing the movie! I’m mean like that.
I cannot recall where I heard about this book but it’s about hockey so by reading it I’m keeping up my Northern heritage! I am currently in Louisiana and must say that I have way more bear-smarts than gator-smarts or snake-smarts! Maybe I’ll keep one eye on this book and one on gator patrol!
I follow Modern Mrs. Darcy and believe this book and the next were on her summer reading list. I was so pleased to discover they didn’t have a million holds on them at the library! No idea what it’s about but if it’s good enough for her, it’s good enough for me. Are you the kind of person that likes to know what you’re getting into before you get into it? Apparently I’m not. (as evidenced by this and other things such as moving to another county, starting a blog on a whim six years ago, etc.)
The library is one of my favourite places! I love browsing the aisles – just like when I go thrift shopping, except this is even cheaper! It’s free! AND you can “shop” online too. If you’re not using your local library, you’re missing out. Anyhoo, as I was standing in line at the library checkout, I saw this book in the new arrivals section and nabbed it. (seems my library strategies are like my second hand store strategies!) Looked intriguing, that’s all I know.
I love me an inspirational Christian self-help style book and so naturally I purchased this book last year when I started hearing buzz about it. I just haven’t gotten around to reading it yet but seems like an apropos topic, n’est ce pas?
Last but not least, a book highly recommended by my first Houston book club that I happened to find at the thrift store! My book club rated it even higher than Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles which I LOVED so I can’t wait to read this!
I’m not saying that these nine books are MUST READS or anything – I have not even read them so they could be terrible! Don’t hold me responsible if you hate them! However, I for one love hearing about what people are reading and thought you might feel the same.
So, couple questions for YOU:
- Have you read any of these and if so, what did you think?
- What are you reading on your summer road trips?
Your kindred bookworm,
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