Reading (and Blogging) While Traveling

Reading while traveling: This is my favorite book tote - it's over 20 years old and a bit grungy if you look closely at it, but it works so well at carrying books. It's also my library book tote when we're not traveling.

My favorite book tote – it’s over 20 years old and a bit grungy if you look closely at it, but it works so well at carrying books. It’s also my library book tote when we’re not traveling.

In the Bookworm Problems post I shared earlier this month, I mentioned a recent road trip. What I didn’t specify is that I was in the middle of that trip when the post was written and shared. (I never want to admit that I’m away from home while I still am – my own hangup, I realize).

I’m always ambitious with how many books I pack – as I mentioned in that post, I am terrified of running out of reading material, and don’t want to run the risk of being stuck without anything to read, but also of being stuck with books that aren’t fitting my mood, or are just duds. Hence the bulging tote and full Kindle.

Unlike some trips, I did read a lot. Both during the drive, and some afternoons/evenings. I finished 13 items. Some were short ebooks, and I can’t count them as books precisely, but I also read almost all of a 14th book that was long and dense and slow-going. Those e-books kind of balance out that one! I started another book, but wasn’t liking it as a vacation read and will save it for another time.

Reading isn’t the only way I’m ambitious – I take my laptop and have high hopes of getting ahead with my blogging. Writing reviews for all the books backlogged and waiting for their turn. Writing other bookish content. That was … not as successful as my reading expectations.

This trip was busy as usual, and had a sick kiddo in the mix, and all I managed was to write two posts, both of which have already been published: the bookwork problems one, and the Twitterature one. Clearly, my ambitions as far as writing and other computer work were completely unrealistic.

So now we’ve been back from vacation for a week and a half, and I’m still getting back into a routine with things. Not just blogging, but other things like regular life tasks: shopping and meal prep and cleaning and paying bills. I’m hoping the public confession will help give me a prod to stop ignoring the pile of mail still waiting for attention and all of the other chores I’ve been avoiding. I think this neverending winter isn’t helping with my motivation. ๐Ÿ™‚

If anyone has some can’t-miss tips on how to jump start my enthusiasm for getting back to a routine after a break, or for coping with the winter that just won’t leave, please share. We had one day last week where it was warm enough for the kids to play outside for a long stretch, and it was glorious. Then it was back to temps too cold to let them last more than 30 minutes or so, and we’re all going stir crazy again.

Anyway, the books I read on this latest trip (not counting books I read to/with the kids):

and the ranging from short-to-very-short ebooks. Most of these I shared about in my last Twitterature post:

(Finally, Bel CantoBel Canto by Ann Patchett by Ann Patchett is the one that wasn’t a good fit for me to read while traveling.)


  1. I hope that your vacation was fun despite the sick child. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • It was, thank you! She was really only sick the one day, but that was the one day we didn’t have much else planned – most of the other days were fairly occupied with one thing or another. I’m just glad it was over quickly for her and she wasn’t sick on the drive – that would have been awful!

  2. Oh, I just love Bel Canto, but I can see how it might not be the best vacation read, especially if you’re dealing with a lot of other stuff at the same time. It’s really one of those books that sucked me in, so I couldn’t have a lot of other distractions.

    • The part that I read (the first chapter or two? Don’t remember exactly) I liked, and loved the language and writing, so I’m looking forward to restarting it eventually, when the circumstances are more conducive to focusing on it. Glad to hear you love it – makes me that much more eager to read it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Books take up a good part of my luggage whenever I travel too! I’m always afraid of being caught without something I’m in the mood for so I make sure to bring along a few well loved re-reads in case I get stuck. My kindle has made my carry-ons much lighter-though now I’m paranoid that something will happen to the kindle and I feel the need to carry back up books just in case ๐Ÿ™‚

    • That’s one of the reasons I can’t just travel with the Kindle – I have nightmares of it breaking or something happening to it to render it unusable. And then I’d be stuck!

  4. I manage to only travel with my Kindle books now and although I still prefer the the real deal I’m grateful I’ve lightened the load. Is your favorite bag an LL Bean product? I can’t wait to start reading the great list of ebooks you’ve mentioned here.

    • It’s Lands’ End, but I’m pretty sure LL Bean sells a similar one. It’s got a zip top that is handy at making sure things don’t fall out (and at making sure there is some limit to how full I stuff it), and just the fact that it’s held up as well as it has for this long makes me very happy.

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