Well hello again everybody! It's so good to see you coming back for more fun with Emily!
Summer is the time for vacations and so I thought it might be helpful to give you 5 tips I've learned in my life about reading and vacationing. So without further ado…Emily's Tips for Traveling.
1. Don't You Dare Pack Those Library Books!!!!
I may be a little biased, but I am duty bound to tell you (as a library employee) that library books and vacations don't go together. I'm thrilled that you trust yourself to take care of your library books even when you're not home, but if someone took a book they borrowed from you to Alaska, how would you feel? It's not that you can't be trusted, we just understand that things happen that a person can't possibly plan for…and we certainly don't want you racking up some pretty horrendous fees while you're away. Just play it safe and leave the library books at home.
2. E-Readers Do Come in Handy!!
I'll admit it, I was an e-reader doubter. That is until I had to get on a plane for more than an hour. I am proud to say that I am an e-reader believer. I love my Nook simply because I can afford to take 20 books with me wherever I go without having to pay for overweight baggage. I can now save room in my luggage for books I buy while I'm there! That's a good plan! And remember those pesky library books you're supposed to leave at home? Guess what, your local library might have e-copies you can take with you without the fear of them getting lost or falling into a volcano. (It's a legitimate fear) Search Amazon and Barnes and Noble for e-book deals and you'll be set for your vacation.
3. Find Books to Read that Match your Destination
Find those books that talk about or are set in or even mention the places you're going. It's a lot of fun and usually, the author knows what they're talking about so you might even learn some cool things about the places you're going. I've been stocking up on all my Japanese folklore recently and it's fascinating! Especially when I'll get to visit the place where they all come from. If you can't find a book that matches your destination, read about vacations/road trips in general. I can think of many good travel novels that really put me in the mood for a vacation. For example….
4. Visit Local Libraries/Bookstores!
Hey! These are places that we would consider vacation spots in our own hometown. Why shouldn't we seek them out in other places as well? I am definitely going to search for a library or at least a bookstore where I'm going because it will be so much fun to see how they are similar/different from places I'm familiar with.
Someday I'm going here!
5. For Goodness Sakes, Don't Miss your Vacation!
Alright. I love to read. That's obvious. But I'm not going to miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity to see Japan by reading the entire time. I'm going to sight-see and take pictures of everything and other touristy stuff and I'm not going to miss seeing a shrine or a museum because my nose was stuck in a book. There are definitely times on vacations where reading is appropriate and could even enhance your relaxation, but don't forget the reason you went on a vacation in the first place: to get away from the normal routine. You can read just about anywhere, so don't miss all the fun by doing something you could be doing at home as well.
There you have it! Tips from me. I hope you enjoyed them. And I hope you guys all get to go on a relaxing and amazing vacation this summer. If not, getting the chance to read a book in your own backyard is just about the same thing. Just about.
Well, I should probably let another blogger have a chance to take over the blog. I'll see you guys soon!
I work in the children's room at my local library and I am currently a sophomore in college majoring in English. It's safe to say I'm a bit of a book fanatic. I discreetly shed a few tears on my eleventh birthday when I did not receive my Hogwarts acceptance letter and I waited seven hours outside in the rain just to get a good seat at the Hunger Games midnight premiere. I'm terrified of blood and Disney movies make me cry (in a good way). My passions include hippos, hugs, and Hans Zimmer…and uh,long walks on the beach. I'm just a normal girl with a slightly abnormal and frightfully expensive obsession. Nice to meet you!