My idea of taking a camper trip or vacation is to get away from phones, TV, and computers. Unfortunately, being an author, that luxury is no longer an option for me. Of course, I go no-mail on all list servers that I can, however, the messages from other sources have to be dealt with, including the spam and junk emails so I don’t have a full email box when I get home.
My husband and I just got back from Ye Spring Camper Outing. It’s more or less the “shake-down” getaway to check what works and doesn’t work after the camper’s winter storage. This type of trip ensures a happier camping experience for the rest of the season.
Of course, I take my Samsung tablet, my Kindle, the cell phone, and the laptop with me. Having so many electronics that require recharging, my husband installed an outlet strip for them and, luckily,they all stack in one cupboard. I also appreciate that once out of sight they are out of mind.
Sadly, being an author, much of my time is taken up by marketing or writing or editing stories, as well as giving workshops for writers and doing conferences. There never seems to be time to just read for enjoyment until the camper trips. Which leads to binge reading. On last fall’s camper trip, I binged and read thirteen books, mostly fiction but a couple were nonfiction. I have eclectic taste in reading (if it appeals to me, I read it.)
On this five-day camper outing, I read nine books (ebooks as well as paperbacks). This batch of books included paranormal, mystery, historical romances, regency romances, time-travel romance, and sci-fi (no romance, just a good space opera). Best of the batch? The sci-fi. It had me curious and guessing the outcome. Best of the romances, a Christmas Regency novella. Why are these two the best? Because the stories are still remembered, their plots echoing. That’s because of their outstandingly interesting characters, in an interesting setting, facing an interesting problem.
Until the next camper outing, I’ll be perusing the book stacks (and ebook lists) for more good reads.
So, when you go on vacation, do you read books?
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