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Thursday, October 7, 2010

How Many Books Do You Take on a Trip?

Booking through Thursday
The Thursday Meme: 
When you travel, how many books do you bring with you?
Has this changed since the arrival of ebooks? 

I always travel with books even if my trip is to the dentist.  When I travel for an overnight I will only take one book, unless I am nearly finished with it, then two.  For a week long vacation I will usually take three books, but it depends on the type of vacation.  Last summer we vacationed in Whistler, BC.  I knew it would be restful, so I took five books with me...I finished three and a half, not counting the audio-book I listened to going and coming.

I don't own an e-reader, nor is it likely I will get one.  Everyone tells me that they are cheaper than books, but since I am a librarian I rarely pay for my own books.  I check them out from libraries.  I would probably make an exception if I were to travel by air a lot, which I don't, or if I planned a long, long vacation abroad.

I forgot to mention, I usually help my family pack their books, too.  Whenever anyone goes on a trip my first question to them is, "What books are you taking?  Do you need me to find you something from the library?" How book-codependant is that? I also bring along audio-books if we are going on a road trip.  So all-in-all I might be responsible for packing (or at least organizing) 10 books per trip.  Gulp! 

How about you?  How many books do you usually take on trips?


6 comments:

  1. I take about 1 or 2 books for my vacations. I used to take more so I had options, but I realized that I never really read them all. For my recent trip to Texas (month long), I brought 6 books. I didn't even read ONE. :x

    My BTT explains why I want an e-reader for travel, though. :(

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  2. I have allways one book with me, too. I take about 3-5 books for vacations. If it'll be a long trip it could be about 7 books - it would be more, but I have to change clothes from time to time - because that's polite.. ;")

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  3. Well, it depends on the length of the vacation and the mode of transportation. If I have to pack them all in a suitcase that an airline is going to charge me for, I try and get them in audio and put them on my iphone instead. But if weight of luggage is not a factor, I've been known to take 10-15 books...usually galleys though, and I leave them where I go.

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  4. I always have a book or magazine with me. Even in the car. You never know when you're going to get delayed at a railroad crossing by a long train and have five minutes to read!

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  5. I like to take my Kindle that way my options are limitless :)

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  6. I usually take 2 books with me.

    I think that ereaders are quite expensive and they certainly can't compete with library books.

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