Thursday, February 18, 2010

Reading on Vacation

Since the bookkeeper is on vacation currently, she thought she'd write down some advice for reading when travelling or on vacation.
  • Bookkeeper knows this is a no-brainer, but... if you're the driver/pilot/etc., please don't read books while travelling. The screams of terror tend to be distracting.
  • Bring easy-to-read books. This doesn't mean to bring kiddie books (though you can), the bookkeeper is just saying that vacations have a lot of stuff going on - you'll have to pause in your reading a lot so don't bring books that need all your attention. Aaaaaand reading engrossing books can make you queasy if you read them whilst in a moving vehicle. Catalogs, comic books, graphic novels, humor books, books less than half-an-inch thick, whatever floats your boat. You don't want to bring incredibly long books as bookmarks tend to get lost and you don't want to spend your vacation looking for page numbers.
  • Bring lots of bookmarks. Like the bookkeeper just said, bookmarks tend to get lost a lot, so bring plenty.
  • Don't bring your favorite books if they're not easily replaceable. Books can get lost when travelling, or they can get wet, torn, scratched, etc.
  • Keep your current reading book with you at all times (if possible) so no passer-by hurt it or (the horror!) pick it up and start reading.
  • Get a book-bag. It doesn't have to be huge, just big enough to put your book in it and possibly a few bookmarks. If you put too much stuff in with your book you may pull it out to find the pages curled or discolored.
As much as the bookkeeper encourages reading, she wants to remind you not miss out on the excitement of your vacation by never taking your nose out of a book the whole time.

Now, the bookkeeper might be wrong in assuming you're all aspiring authors like she is, but she thinks it's an important thing to do to take a notebook on your vacation so you can write down and sketch things whenever inspiration strikes.

The other important thing to remember is bring lots of bookmarks. It's already on the list, but it's important. You will lose bookmarks, and they're easy to forget. What bookworm forgets to bring books? None. But nobody remembers to bring bookmarks.

Here's a tip: buy a deck of cards and use them for bookmarks. They're a sturdy enough and a good size, and you get 52 of them in a handy little box.

Well, the bookkeeper is now going to bid you good-bye and turn to the five of spades in her current reading book. Have a good day!

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