Friday, June 24, 2011


TGIF is hosted by the awesome Ginger at GReads

Summer Love:
What’s your ideal summer place to take a vacation & get lost in a book?

I know this is probably the obvious answer, but my favorite summer vacation spot really is the beach. I grew up on an island in the Caribbean and I miss having the ocean around all the time, so getting to go the beach for a week or two is always a treat. And it’s the perfect place to read, because you can swim for a while and get yourself all exhausted, then plop down on your towel and soak in the heat of the sun and listen to the waves crashing around you while you knock off a few hundred pages. Plus, my family usually drives everywhere on our vacations, so I have the whole road trip to get some solid hours of reading in as well.

I will admit that I have one major issue with reading at the beach, and that’s the fact that it’s really hard to keep books in good condition while you’re there. Between the sand, the water, the sunscreen, and the crammed-full beach bag, books are bound to get some scuffs. I’m super obsessive about the condition of my books (I almost always bring a small separate bag wherever I go for my book so it doesn’t knock against things), so this is a major problem for me. For this reason I usually try to avoid bringing my own new books to the beach and just bring a bunch of library books, since I don’t care quite as much about those. :P

Where do you love to go on vacation and read?


  1. I grew up in Scotland dreaming of growing up in the Caribbean! :D

    I'm a new follower! I look forward to reading more of your blog.

  2. I work at a library and we always get water/sand-logged books back during the summer. But I love the beach too and how can you enjoy the beach without a good book? :)

  3. We used to take mega road trips when I was young -- lots of reading time! Now we like to listen to books on tape while we drive. Yes, the beach is hard on books -- I try to only take paperbacks that I'm willing to part with or replace...

  4. Yeah that's my thing, I want to read at the beach but I would totally destroy my books! I'm following you!

    Lah @ Lazy Girl Reads

  5. I completely understand the problem with getting books dirty on the beach. I like to read on the balcony overlooking the beach. Still there, by the ocean and people, but able to keep my books safe.

  6. That's the problem with reading in the beach. That is why when I go there, I make sure that my books are wrapped in plastic, and then wrapped again in a fabric book cover. And then placed in a bag if I'm not reading them. I'm such an OCD when it comes to bringing books in the beach.

  7. Hah, you sound like me - I am fanatic about keeping my books in perfect condition and I'm going on a beach holiday in a couple of weeks, so I've resolved only to bring library and second-hand books with me. My favourite place to read is on the bus and I have a really long commute to work so that's over an hour of uninterrupted reading each way. I always keep my books in a separate plastic bag, too.

    Where in the Caribbean did you grow up, BTW? I'm born and raised in England, but my mother's from the Caribbean.


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