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Friday, August 10, 2012

Vacation Reads

Photo taken by B.C Matthews...while trying to sleep through most of Nevada
Vacation reads—we all know the type. Those wonderful flighty, light and fluffy reads that don't take a lot of brain power, but are purely exciting in a fun kind of way. But even if you're not near a beach, everyone has their preferred vacation reading material all stacked up nice and neat to go in the travel bag. Or if you're hip with the jive you've probably got a couple stored in your e-reader, but the techno deities help you if you get sand on, in, or near those things.

So grab the hammock. Drink some lemonade.

And what do you read?

My vacation reads usually wind up being less than light and fluffy. Not that I don't wind up with the occasional satire, comedy, or road trip story. It's just that my favorite reads are usually not quite a light or fluffy.

When I used to live about a 5 minute drive away from the nearest beach, I took every kind of reading material with me, from my Psychology of Prejudice book to serial killer thrillers. The last time I went camping in the yonder hills of Yellowstone I was reading the Repairman Jack series by F. Paul Wilson, which is mostly comprised of dark mythologies and our regular-everyman kicking ass and being brilliant living off the grid. When I ran off to Utah to hike in Bryce Canyon, I was re-re-re-re-re-reading Black Sun Rising by C.S. Friedman, a book full of ideas on the power of belief, questions about religion, and the redemption of true evil. The last time I was camping in the Mt. Lassen area, admittedly a long time ago, I was reading the satisfyingly bloody, disgusting, and gory Vamphyri by horror author Brian Lumley. Dark sounds in the woods seem a bit more ominous when you're reading horror.

My next travel vacation is coming up next month. I'm not sure what I'll be reading.

What do you read on the beach? What do you read on vacation?   


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