This time tomorrow I will be headed for the beach on a much-needed spring break. And for me, one of the best parts of a beach vacation (aside from the sun, sand, and warm weather, obviously) is the uninterrupted time to read. In addition to being a chronic overpacker, I am also one of those people that refuses to switch to any type of e-reader and instead packs five to ten books in her suitcase. (Staying under the 50-pound checked baggage limit is an ongoing personal challenge.)
Last time I went on vacation, I took Sweet Valley Confidential with me, which was the definition of trashy beach read — it required little attention and was just embarrassing enough that I didn't want to read it anywhere else. This time, I'm stepping up my game a bit. I've been holding off on reading The Fault in Our Stars so that I can bring it with me. I've had it for several weeks, and not reading it has been torture. I actually resorted to hiding it in my suitcase a few weeks ago so it wouldn't just be sitting out in the open and taunting me.
Reading on the plane is also a great way to pass the time for kids and adults alike — unless you're like me and have a flight leaving at 6:30 am, in which case I'm guessing the only thing you want to see are the back of your eyelids. (I'm right there with you.) Is anyone else fleeing for warmer weather this Easter break? And what books are you taking with you to enjoy while traveling or on vacation?
— Alison Deering
Editor, Capstone Fiction