Top Five Tuesday: Beach Vacation Edition


The top five books I take on a beach vacation:

  1. A beach book.  I don’t want to mess up my nice hardbacks, so I buy a cheap paperback to take out onto the beach.  This time I’ve got a beat up copy of Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.  I bought it for $0.25 at a library book sale.  Score!  If I love it as much as I’m expecting to, I’ll buy a nice copy when I get home.
  2. A backup beach book.  Just in case I finish my first beach book, or I don’t like it, I always bring a backup.  My old paperback copy of Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery will be filling this role.
  3. An audiobook for the car.  I get horrible motion sickness if I try to read while moving (I can’t even rock in a chair while reading!).  So, I always bring an audiobook to listen to.  Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackery is my choice for this trip.  John Castle’s narration is particularly engaging.
  4. A room book.  Once I’ve taken a book out onto the beach and exposed it to sand, water, and sunscreen, I don’t like to read it in the hotel room (especially in the bed).  So, I bring a room book.  This trip I’m bringing The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie.
  5. A backup room book.  Sometimes I’m not in the mood for a particular book, so I bring a backup book for in-the-room reading.  A big THANK YOU to Rachel @ Confessions of a Book Geek for encouraging me to re-buy The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery!

14 thoughts on “Top Five Tuesday: Beach Vacation Edition

  1. Rachel says:

    Aww I’m so pleased you went ahead and repurchased!! I’m sure you got all the internal gooey factors when you finally got your hands on it again! R x


    • Selah at A Bibliophile's Style says:

      After 3 days on the beach, I’m about halfway through Ender’s Game. I’m enjoying it so far, but I don’t think it’s going to be a LOVE for me. I have a hard time believing children, even geniuses, would behave like these characters. Maybe if I’d read this before having kids myself it’d be different. 🙂


  2. sagegrayson says:

    Nice picks! I prefer listening to audiobooks in the car too. My husband and I listened to the entire Twilight saga in the car–no shame! 🙂


  3. Emily Herbert says:

    Okay so this whole post reminds me of that opening segment of a Gilmore Girls episode where Rory is trying to fit all her school books plus her bus book and her lunch book and her back up books and aaalmost fits it all in and Lorelei makes fun of her. No wonder we love that show!

    Also, I have always loved listening to audiobooks and I get to do that a lot at my current job…which is pretty much the best job perk I’ve ever had. The only problem is that I already get emotional reading or listening to books and now that I’m pregnant…it is so much worse. I have to turn off books because I don’t want my coworkers looking over at my desk and seeing me crying! I need to finish The Wednesday Sisters, but I couldn’t do it at work because I was about to bawl my eyes out!

    One more thing…I have never read Ender’s Game and have meant to for a while, but I think I would have the same issue that you mentioned if he can’t write believable children. I have recently listened to several of the 39 Clues books by Rick Riordan (I loved the Percy Jackson series) and they are really interesting. I am torn about recommending them for younger kids though, because the brother and sister main characters really love each other, but also insult each other a lot. Very believable, because we all know sibling relationships can be tortured, but I feel like it may encourage kids to think that insulting their sibs is normal and funny.

    I love how your posts give me so much to think aboutt!


    • Selah at A Bibliophile's Style says:

      Haha! I know exactly the scene you’re talking about! I didn’t even list Betsy’s Little Star and File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents (books I’m reading to the kids), or the 2 audiobooks I brought for the kids to listen to (The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and The Battle for the Castle)! Oh, and Bert and Pumpkin Pie each brought a copy of Redwall (they’re supposed to be reading it simultaneously, but Pumpkin Pie is MUCH further along!).

      Last year my beach book was The Hunger Games. I was sobbing on the beach, and Bert was making fun of me for crying about Rue (I’d already read it twice and seen the movie).

      I’ve been listening to audiobooks while doing housework, but I can only listen to things that are kid appropriate, in case they overhear. 😛

      Ender’s Game was mostly enjoyable (I gave it 3 stars on Goodreads), but not enough to make me want to read the rest of the series. The movie was decent though (and the kids are older).

      I’ve been wondering about the 39 Clues books. Pumpkin Pie is probably old enough to handle sibling insults without copying, but Sweet Potato is NOT. She’s been calling names a lot lately. Ugh.


      • Emily Herbert says:

        That is unfortunate about Sweet Potato’s name calling, but I’m sure she will learn. I definitely remember us kids going through that phase and getting in a lot of trouble so we eventually stopped. I just always think of your two kids when I listen to those books because they revolve around a really smart brother and sister (even though the sister is older and the brother younger). Pumpkin Pie would probably enjoy them. I’m so glad he’s reading Redwall! Those books always make me so hungry, though 😛

        Oh and I ALWAYS cry over Rue…in the book AND in the movie. Doesn’t matter how many times I read or watch.


        • Selah at A Bibliophile's Style says:

          The tricky part is that the names themselves aren’t that rude (silly pants, Mister Smarty) it’s the tone. Calling someone silly isn’t a problem – angrily yelling, “Fine, you silly pants!” IS a problem. We’re working on it.

          Yep, Rue and Matthew Cuthbert get me every time!


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