Let’s Talk Bookish: Books on Vacation

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme created by Rukky @Eternity Books and hosted by Aria @Book Nook Bits, and it’s where we get to discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts! If you want to join in the bookish discussion fun, check out the June 2022 prompts!

Now without further ado… The topic asks us about:

BOOKS ON VACATION

(SUGGESTED BY FIVES @ DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE)
Prompts: What books do you like to bring on vacation? Do you bring any books at all? What kind of books do you think are good for a vacation? How much time do you usually have to read on vacation? What does an ideal vacation with a book look like?

BRINGING BOOKS ON VACATION: YEA OR NAY?

As a mood reader, bringing books on vacation is a must but choosing the books is always a dilemma (and I’m well aware that I’m speaking from a place of privilege). I’m currently on an extended “vacation” to India for the next few months and when I was packing for my trip a couple weeks ago, I struggled to choose which ones to take with me! Do I just rely on my Kindle and pack 1-3 physical books or do I say “who needs clothes when I have books?” Spoiler: I kinda went with the latter! 😂

In general, although I often can’t bring as many physical books as I’d like with me on vacation I do bring at least two and sometimes end up picking up another 1 or 2 along the way, but I always have a fully stocked Kindle and I never go anywhere without my device!

WHAT ARE ‘GOOD’ VACATION BOOKS?

I’m personally not much of a seasonal or ‘moment’ reader because it depends entirely on my mood most of the time. For my current trip away it was a little simpler to pick which physical books to bring because I have buddy reads planned and I had a few titles that I wanted to get to for Pride Month 🌈! For other trips, I’ve focused on bringing physical books that I knew would be easier to read which would usually be romances, thrillers or YA contemporaries. I think the perfect vacation reads are those that don’t require much focus to get through and that are fast paced. Also, definitely not the chonksters but the ones that are easy to hold while lying back!

READING BOOKS ON VACATION: FACT OR MYTH?

I don’t think I’m the only one who believes that they’ll end up reading every book they bring on vacation, right? (no? just me?) 😂 When I go on vacation (or previously staycations) alone, I have much more time because I have the choice to not do anything but laze in bed or by the pool or on the beach with my book. Even if I did go out for some sightseeing and all that, I can take it at my own pace and bring my book along and read when the mood strikes me. But when I’m away with others, I always overestimate just how much time I’ll have to read and end up feeling slightly disappointed that I make so little progress reading! I mean, some people will say the whole point of being on vacation is to do something different but I like my comforts, y’know? 😅

THE IDEAL VACATION FT. BOOKS

I’m such a lazy homebody that my ideal vacation with a book would be me sunk deep in a plush and cosy hotel bed with the windows thrown wide open so the sunlight comes through, surrounded by delicious room service ft. easy to eat nibbles and lots of coffee, and of course, all the books and time to read them! This version of a vacation laying by a private pool or a quiet/secluded beach would also be ideal—just as long as I have all the time I want to read my books! 😍

Do you bring books on vacation? If so, how many? Do you have specific types of reads that you bring or are you more of a mood reader?

#5OnMyTBR: Winter Love!

Hello Mondays, welcome back to #5OnMyTBR, a meme created by the wonderful E @ The Local Bee Hunter’s Nook. This bookish meme gets us to dig even further into our TBRs by simply posting about five books on our TBR! You can learn more about it here or in the post announcing it. You can find the full list of prompts (past and future) at the end of this post!

This week’s prompt is: Winter Celebrations.

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#TopTenTuesday: Christmas Romances for the Holidays!

So, we’re back with another Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s prompt is: Holiday/Seasonal Freebie (holiday books/covers/titles, wintry reads, snow on cover, cool color covers, takes place in cold settings, cozy scenes on cover, etc.), so I’ve gone for Christmas Romances that I hope to be reading!

Since it’s a holiday/seasonal freebie today, I was debating whether to do a post on the books I want to read before the end of 2020, but I thought it’d end up being not very festive, so I decided to share ten Christmas romances that I’d like to read at some point this month (but also maybe even in January). I’m quite new to seasonal romances but I went a bit wild last year looking at all the gorgeous Christmas covers, and ended up snagging a fair few for 99p on Kindle! I can’t remember what many of these are about but just looking at them gives me those cosy and comforting feels. As with many holiday themed things, I find that sometimes holiday romances can get a little cheesy, but y’know what? We’re here for the cheesy feel-good vibes, especially when so much has been a hot mess this year!

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December Monthly Wrap Up!

Oh what a month December turned out to be! With the end of the year activities at work combined with family flying in for the holidays, and my sister staying with me, there turned out to be a lot less time to read than I anticipated. Silly me for thinking I’d have more quiet time this month 😅 Now that everyone is on their way home, I’m back alone at my place and although I still feel slightly frazzled, I can also tell that my mind is calming down some. With that, I managed to read 17 books in December.

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First Lines Friday – 13 December

Yayaya, HAPPY FRIYAY, book lovers and friends 😍We’re back with another First Lines Friday! This is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines? Here are THE RULES:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

First lines:

“Jimmy Choo’s finest. Pleated white satin. Four inch heels. £500 a pop. For that, you’d expect them to be waterproof, thought Leah Harvey. Or at least to come with jet packs so she could fly out of this godforsaken frozen wasteland, and off to the nearest hotel.”

Do you recognize the book these first lines come from?

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#TopTenTuesday: Brand New Christmassy Books!

It’s that time of the week again, friends! We’re back with another Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s prompt is: a freebie! I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with this freebie, but after some thought I decided that I would try injecting a little bit of holiday cheer to my blog, so I’m looking at the brand new holiday titles on my shelf. I’m not much of a holiday or seasonal reader so I don’t have any Christmassy books, but that is all changed today, friends! Early this morning I read Jana’s ‘A Bookish Little Christmas’ post and couldn’t help getting sucked right into the holiday mood, intense tropical heat notwithstanding! I mean, everything about the post screamed CHRISTMAS BOOK BUYING TIME…and what do you think I did? 😅 If you guessed that I went and bought all the Christmassy books then you’re spot on! Okay, I’m kidding (only a little bit). I did buy some but there are quite a few options available on Kindle Unlimited, in case you’re looking for a holiday read! I’m going to go ahead and say that pretty much 100% of these were cover buys 😍

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