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Tips For Vacation Reading

by Lori Bates Wright

Vacation season is upon us! We plan how to escape our daily grind all year long. By the time that red-circled date on the calendar rolls around, we want every aspect of the glorious week to go without a hitch. If you’re like me, searching for the right books to bring is as serious as planning where to stay or how to get there.

As an author, reading has become a luxury I don’t have as much time for as I used to. When I’m not writing or researching (or speaking about writing and researching), I’m on social media promoting my latest book so that readers of romance will know it’s available to take on their own vacations.

So when my hubby announced he’d booked us on a seven day cruise, I was estatic. The prospect of having seven days to catch up on my mile-high TBR pile made me a little giddy, not gonna lie. While he poured over brochures, picking just the right excursions to fill our days, I read back covers and reviews to narrow down my top three must-reads.

Our ship pulled back into port last week, and while our vacation was everything and more I’d hoped for, I did discover a thing or two about what I’d do differently next time to make it a better reading experience overall.


  • Don’t chose a thriller set in the same location as your destination.
  • Just don’t! When a few of my friends heard we were heading to Alaska, they highly recommended a series set there by a favorite author. I thought, “Yay! I’ll be able to experience the setting firsthand.” The plot included a dead body or two that turned up onboard (you guessed it) and Alaskan cruise. Everything was going fine until the assistant chef in my book was actually a mastermind for a foreign government and he commandeered a hijacking of the ship, painstakingly poisoning the passengers one by one. You get the idea. I narrowed my eye at everyone in the elevators and suspected the room steward of planting spy cameras in the towel sculptures. When the chef offered me to cut me a “special piece” of prime rib and I insisted he taste it first, my husband had had enough. He tossed the book overboard and I still don’t know how it ends.
  • You probably won’t have as much time to read as you’d think.
  • Especially if you are traveling with friends or a significant other. I only include this so you aren’t completely disappointed when you get back home and still have two and a half of the four you brought left unread. Part of the fun of getting away is making it worth the time, expense and effort that goes into vacation planning. We feel like we need to be doing and experiencing everything available to us in order to gain the full adventure. While I prefer to hole up in the cabin in pajama pants to read, my hubby looks at the daily schedule of events and insists we can’t miss Beatles karaoke in the Cavern Lounge. For the sake of marriage and sanity, more often than not the book was put aside.
  • Leave the hardbacks at home.
  • Suitcase space is a precious commodity. Especially on the flight back home when you have souvenirs and gifts for one and all. While you look cool reading it poolside, the practicality (not to mention extra expense for over the limit bags) is just not worth it.
  • Kindle is a dream on vacation
  • I’m one of those readers who like to have an actual ink-on-paper book in my hand. There’s just something about the feel, and smell, that I love. But, for convenience when you’re travelling you can’t beat an eReader. You can have ten other books at your fingertips in case one you’ve chosen just isn’t what you’d hoped. You can get waterproof cases for them to guard against splashes. And it takes up less space in your purse or carryon than a single paperback.
  • Try an audiobook
  • Another version I was sure I wouldn’t enjoy as much as holding a good book in my hand is the audio format. But when one of the books I wanted to bring was only available in audio from my local library, I gave it a whirl. The convenience on the plane was wonderful. I laid my head back and closed my eyes, and got just as immersed in the story as I ever had reading it. The lyrical play with words was still there.
  • Forgot your book at home? Don’t panic!
  • You can download a book to you phone anytime you have access to wi-fi.
  • Most ships have a library and a limited amount of books in the giftshop
  • Most every city has a bookstore or library
  • Airports have one of the best selection of books anywhere

So kick off your heels and enjoy!

Don’t know what to read this vacation? Take a look at Lori’s book. It might be just what your vacation needs.

Field of Redemption

by Lori Bates Wright

They say confession is good for the soul.

But, revealing too much could prove deadly.

When devoted governess, Abigail McFadden, discovers her oldest charge has run off to join the Union army on his sixteenth birthday, her impetuous decision to go after him catapults her behind enemy lines and into a life-changing fight for survival.

Failing to locate the boy, Abby is stranded in Georgia with no means to get home. Under suspicion as a union spy, she takes a nursing position in a confederate hospital in Macon. Her only consolation is the work she does outside of the hospital walls in a shanty town of unwanted orphans.

Confederate Officer, Ian Saberton, a theological graduate of Yale, is thrust into war and forced to choose sides. Known for his skill in battle, his greatest struggle becomes a fight for his soul as his faith and deep convictions are put to the test.

As Sherman advances on Atlanta, Ian is sent to prepare his home state of Georgia for possible attack. Headquartered in Macon, he encounters a town full of devout Southerners who are completely unaware of the realities of war, or the imminent danger they face. He must see that the reserves are destroyed, and the town secured while avoiding a passel of matchmaking socialites.

Brought up on false charges, Abby is scheduled to be hanged. She has no choice but to trust the handsome Confederate officer who offers her a way of escape.

But will deep secrets destroy the fragile bond between them?

Want to read more of Lori’s Christian Historical Romance? You can find Field of Redemption at Amazon


About the Author:

Lori Bates Wright is an award winning author with a love for history.

Raised in New Mexico, Lori now lives in Texas with her husband of 34 years. She has two grown kids and four adorable grand boys (who leap tall buildings in a single bound!) She enjoys speaking and interacting with women of all ages.


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