Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Read on Vacation

I didn’t think I’d be able to do this week’s post, but thanks to my meticulous keeping of reading spreadsheets over the past few years, I was able to pinpoint what books I read on vacation. Some I remembered off-hand, but I’d say most of them I needed to look at the spreadsheets for. It would’ve been much harder if I didn’t remember when I’d been on some of these vacations.

I definitely enjoyed this topic since it made me look back on these different points of my life. Most have good memories linked to them, and a few others are a bit more emotional for me because of what was happening at the time.

10 Books I’ve Read While on Vacation

1. Private novels – Kate Brian (Hammonassett Camping Grounds, Madison, CT – 2009)

I’m not sure which ones I read exactly during this camping trip with my dad and step-family, but I know it was back in 2009 because my best friend came with us that year and I was reading through these books like there was no tomorrow.

2. Return to the Isle of the Lost – Melissa de la Cruz (Stowe, VT – 2016)

I was so into Descendants at this point and very happy that this book came out because it was another year before Descendants 2 would come out.

3. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Jack Thorne, JK Rowling (Madison, CT – 2016)

Didn’t impress me then, didn’t impress me in 2022. That was definitely the last time I’ll read this play.

4. I Work At a Public Library – Gina Sheridan (Stowe, VT – 2016)

I actually read this a couple of weeks after I started working at my town library. Since then, I’ve read this book a couple of times and I highly recommend it, especially if you work or have worked in a library. These situations are so relatable!

5. P.S. I Like You – Kasie West (North Carolina/Virginia – 2017)

It doesn’t usually take me an entire week to read a book like this, but we were visiting family and went to quite a few places in both states, so I wasn’t always able to read. Which is totally fine, of course. That was one of my favorite vacations ever.

6. A Study in Charlotte – Brittany Cavallaro (Colchester, VT – 2018)

This Vermont getaway was a weird one, because it was very emotional for my mom and I, but I had one of my friends with me to distract me some. I was also just starting the Charlotte Holmes series and this was a good book to have with me when my friend fell asleep earlier than I did.

7. Letters to the Lost – Brigid Kemmerer (Foxwoods Resort, Ledyard, CT – 2018)

Summer 2018 was an emotional rollercoaster for me, and this book was too. However, unlike my life at that time, I enjoyed this book so much that I ended up buying the ebook version of it so I can reread it someday. I definitely don’t want a second copy of summer 2018…

8. Love and Other Train Wrecks – Leah Konen (Foxwoods Resort, Ledyard, CT – 2018)

This was a cute story that I enjoyed in the hotel room of the casino. I mostly remember that weekend being an emotional time for me, and it was a getaway from the crap going on at home. So having a light read like this one was good to have with me.

9. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling (Montreal, Quebec, Canada – 2019)

I was in the middle of a reread of Harry Potter when my friend and I went up to Canada. It was the first time out of the country for both of us, and we did spend a lot of time just out walking and adventuring. But when we weren’t out, or binging Umbrella Academy, I was reading this old favorite.

10. Destination Anywhere – Sara Barnard (Manchester Center, VT – 2021)

This was my first trip since Covid, and my mom and I thought it’d be nice to stay in a different part of Vermont that wasn’t as far up. We only stayed two nights, but I managed to read this book in those two nights. We might’ve stayed longer if there was more to do in that area, but other than shopping, there’s not very much to do. But it was fun catching the Bills game at the sports bar across from the hotel, seeing the Robert Lincoln house, and having Northshire Bookstore just dwon the street from us.

Have you read any of these books? What are some books you remember reading on vacation? What are some of your favorite vaction destinations?

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Check out her blog for upcoming Top Ten Tuesday topics!

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