Sunday, October 11, 2009
Poll Results Are In!
A big Thank You to all 95 readers who voted in the last poll. In it I asked how books fit in when packing to leave on vacation.
How did I answer? Well... they always get packed before anything else. I forgot my camera once when traveling cross country to Virginia, but I've never forgotten my books! Something has changed a bit, though. Now I pack fewer books, and they fit in my carry-on. I like to do a bit of book browsing at my destination and help out the local economy there.
Here's what all of you told me:
--Not a single one of you said that books do not fit in your vacation packing plans. Are we a group of dedicated readers or what?
--56 of you said that your books get packed before anything else, which is extremely sensible. Once the momentous decision has been made on which books are earning frequent flyer miles, mundane things such as clothing and deodorant are easy peasy!
--10 folks told us that they have e-readers, so they don't have to worry about how many pounds of books go in the suitcases. To be honest, this is the only time-- vacation time-- that having an e-reader has appealed to me. I may be a bookaholic, but I'm also organized and like to be able to get all essentials packed without putting fatal strain on luggage zippers.
--2 folks said that they packed their books only if there were any space left. This makes me nervous, which has to be a sign of a true bookaholic!
--27 people voted for taking a couple of books in their carry-on luggage and buying more at their destination. Once I started flying across the pond, I started doing this. It gives me a built-in excuse for stopping and taking a look in book shops. I've also left books behind-- donating them to a shelf of reading material in the cottages Denis and I have enjoyed. Not only am I helping future travelers and readers, a piece of me remains behind in a place that I love.
To conclude this post, I'll tell you about a trip to Seattle in 2003. Our friend had to take us on a day trip down to Powell's Books in Portland, where I thought I'd done an adequate job reining in my book buying enthusiasm. When it was time to pack and head to Sea-Tac and the plane back to Phoenix, I discovered that I'd woefully underestimated the space left in our luggage for packing books. A couple of pairs of my shoes, a pair of jeans, and a couple of my t-shirts remained behind in Seattle. All of my new books arrived safely in Phoenix, though!
Have any of the rest of you left items behind in order to have the space in your luggage to pack all your new books? Do tell!
My Book Rating Scale:
A+...Don't delay, get your hands on a copy of this book!
A...I loved it!
B...I really liked it.
C...I liked it, with a few reservations.
D...I finished it, but it's not my cup of tea.
- Phoenix, Arizona, United States
- Hi! I'm addicted to books (especially crime fiction), laughter and traveling off the beaten path. In my free time, when my eyes aren't glued to the printed page, one of them is usually pressed against the viewfinder of my camera. Let's see... books, laughter, travel, photography. Anything else? Oh yeah-- my dream house wouldn't have a kitchen!
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