Hi Everyone! I know I’ve been MIA for a while now, but I have a good reason! I’ve just come home from spending 2 beautiful weeks Up North with my family! Going up north is a yearly tradition for me, and it’s always one of the highlights of my summer. Being surrounded by nature, relaxing by the lake, and spending some quality time with my family is like recharging my batteries for the next year ahead. The cottage also happens to be one of my favourite reading spots, and the books that I bring with me usually take up about half of my suitcase (I’m not even joking).
This year, when it came time to picking out which books I would take to read, I was immediately reminded of a post written by Tiff at Mostly YA Lit earlier this summer. Tiff wrote a fantastic post about how she always chooses her books to match her destination to help enhance her overall travel experience. I remember loving her post so much, because I do the exact same thing! Every time I go away, I always try my hardest to take a book with me that is set in that location, or a similar landscape. I find that reading about the place you are visiting (whether fiction or nonfiction) helps to give you another perspective about the area and culture that you are experiencing. It also helps to make the book feel more alive, as the landscape that you are reading about is right before your very eyes!
I’ve travelled quite a bit since I was a teenager, but here are just a few of the vacations that I have been on, and the books that I brought with me on my journey!
Cottage Reads (Lake Shebeshekong)
I’ve been going up north for years now, and I always try to pick books that take place in the wilderness or by a lake. This year out of the dozen books that I packed, I ended up reading Through The Woods, The Gamble, The Orenda, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (I was in the mood for a bit of magic). Through The Woods was a fantastic graphic novel that told some dark fairytale-esque stories that revolve around a forest. To lighten things up a bit, I then switched to The Gamble by Kristen Ashley, a romance that takes place in the Colorado wilderness. The Orenda, however, was by far my best cottage reading choice! Taking place a stones throw away from where I was camping, I felt like I was travelling back in time, and kept expecting to see groups of Hurons or Iroquois paddling by in their canoes.
New York City
I kept hearing fantastic things about Rules of Civility by Amor Towles, but I waited until I went to New York City with my friends to finally read this book about life in Manhattan during the 1930s. I remember marvelling at Towles ability to describe the landscape of New York, and the excitement that I felt whenever I came to an intersection or building that the main character had visited herself. It was also interesting to see how the New York of the 1930s in the book differed from the modern New York that I was seeing today.
When it came time to prepare for my trip to Peru, I was having trouble trying to find a novel to bring with me. I just happened to be browsing through some books that my mom had purchased years ago, when I stumbled across The Sunflower by Richard Paul Evans. I couldn’t believe my eyes when the description mentioned that the book was set in Peru! It was perfect! The author’s description of Peru was spot on, especially the sections dealing with Cuzco! I remember sharing a deep sense of solidarity with the main character as we both experienced the same sights, sounds, and culture of Peru. (Also…Peru is a GORGEOUS country! Put it on your vacation bucket list!)
Do you pick books to match your destination when you travel? What types of books do you usually bring on vacation? Now that I’m home and summer is winding down, I’ll hopefully be getting back to posting more regularly. I have two children’s programs left to do at work next week (A Stuffed Animal Sleepover and Harry Potter Potions Class), and then I’ll be FREE (at least until March Break). I have lots of awesome books that I need to review, so keep an eye out for them soon!