Thursday, July 10, 2008
From The Boston Bibliophile, here's Tuesday's question: Since we're past the Fourth of July and the summer season has officially started, what are your plans for the summer? Vacations, trips? Trips that involve reading? Reading plans? If you're going somewhere, do you do any reading to prepare? Do you read local literature as part of your trip? Have you thought about using the LT Local feature to help plan your book-buying?
This is a perfect question for me right now! You might notice this Tuesday Thingers post is a little late - I just returned from 10 days in Europe on business; yesterday was spent making the trip home to Ohio from Amsterdam and because of work obligations, network access and the time difference, I didn't get a chance to post in time on Tuesday. It looks like, over the next several months, I will be doing a lot more traveling for work, and I always find travel time to be a great time for reading.
When I am traveling, I always pack several books - very handy on this last trip when I had an 8 hour flight delay in the Newark Airport. Plus I always find the need for a little quiet time, whether it's a business or pleasure trip, and relaxing with a book is a good way to do that.
For big vacation trips, I generally do some reading to prepare, usually guidebooks and a lot of internet research. I've never been big on reading the local authors before I go, I guess there are usually too many other things to do in prep. But using the LT Local thing is a great idea! I don't know how helpful it would have been on this last trip (trying to find a nice English-language bookstore in Amsterdam), but it's a great thought for some of the other business travel I have coming up.