Packing Bookish Essentials

Because I’m a super organized blogger, by the time you read this, I will be at the lake already, settled in for an extended long weekend of reading at my in-laws’.

I know, I’m surprised I made this happen too.

So you know what this means right? If I’m headed to the lake, then it’s time for a post about the books that I will be bringing with me to the lake.


I’m not a fan of packing in general. I’m always excited to go away but the preparation part I could do without. I will probably end up wearing the same hobo outfit the whole time I’m up there anyway. But appropriate reading material? That is no joke. Suddenly I’m a girl scout.

Right now I’m reading one of the following:

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. This is our book club book and I’ve been saving it for this long weekend. If it’s as good as I’ve been told it is, I’m sure it won’t be long before I read The Husband’s Secret.

The House at the End of Hope Street by Menna Van Praag. OK I know that I was not kind to The Dress Shop of Dreams but a friend who’s literary judgment I completely trust read this and loved it and told me to read it. So here we are. Second chances for everyone.

Anne of Windy Poplars by LM Montgomery. It’s April which means I get to read book four for the Green Gables Readalong hosted by Reeder Reads. I feel like Anne and the lake are going to pair REALLY well together.

A Measure of Light by Beth Powning. Look Naomi! It’s happening! I saw it at the library as a speed read this week and realized that I had a copy at home and the cover looked all sorts of good so I’m tucking it into my bags and hoping to be blown away.

When Everything Feels Like the Movies by Raziel Reid. I bought this after Canada Reads was over and then my sister asked me what I thought of it and I had to tell her that I hadn’t read it yet. She told me to hurry up and here we are.

The Ship of Brides by JoJo Moyes. I read Me Before You up at the lake and haven’t read any of Moyes’ other work. It seemed like the right time to reacquaint myself with some of her work this long weekend.

Looking at the pile, I’m not totally sure that it’s enough reading material and I say that in all honesty. Four of these books are barely 300 pages. Guess I better go and find one more!

What are you reading plans for the long weekend?

Whatever they are, I hope you have a lovely long weekend. See you back here next week peeps!

10 thoughts on “Packing Bookish Essentials

  1. I love these kinds of posts, seeing what people take it them to read on trips. I liked Ship of Brides better than Me Before You, but they aren’t the same storyline really. I prefer historical fiction sometimes. And I really need to get around to reading some Liane Moriarty! I have both of those books I think! Have fun!

  2. I hope you are having a wonderful time at the lake! I have to admit that I am a little envious that you think you’ll be able to read all those books in one long weekend. I’ll be happy if I finish the one I’m reading (Adult Onset) and start another. But, that’s life with kids, and, well, they’re alive and my books are not. 🙂
    I really hope you like A Measure of Light – I’m feeling the pressure. It’s good that you have a couple of light reads to balance it out.
    Happy Reading! Oh, and Easter, too!

    • I don’t know if I will read them all (today was a bust reading wise but I currently have a vodka drink to “cheer” me up) but I need to variety to choose from. Tomorrow I will rededicate myself to reading – today has just been nice catching up (we haven’t seen the in-laws since early November). But they did open that ice cream window down at the store…

      • Right now, I can still only dream of ice-cream windows. I suppose I could go outside, scoop up some snow, and make a snow cone. 🙂
        Enjoy your visit!

  3. Great post! I hope you have a great weekend and get lots of reading in. I can’t wait to hear what you think of Big Little Lies and Everything Feels Like the Movies. I actually read Persuasion for that informal read-along when I went to Florida. Austen-era England and the beach were kind of a mismatch, but I still loved the book. Which reminds me I’m due to write a review …

  4. This is one of my favourite and least favourite issues of all time!
    On one hand, you get to chose out a vast ocean of potentially good reads and that in itself is exciting. On the other hand, what if you choose wrong and dislike what you bring?
    I just went to see my family this weekend and there is very little reading to be had when I’m there, BUT regardless.. I started with “what ifs”.. What if my mom is too tired to watch movies and I have nothing to do after 9pm? What if everyone gets sick and sleeps all day? What if, what if, what if. So I bring 8 books, knowing full well that I won’t be finishing …well, probably any. But I do it anyway!
    Hope you enjoyed all your books :). I’m curious to see what you think of the Moriarty. I’ve yet to be personally recommended one of her books but buzz about her is everywhere!
    Hope you had a lovely and relaxing weekend :).

  5. Pingback: Halfway through the #GreenGablesReadalong – Anne of Windy Poplars | The Paperback Princess

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