Thursday, July 17, 2008

Booking Through Thursday

Another question inspired by the Bunch of Grapes on Martha’s Vineyard having burned down on the Fourth of July.

Do you buy books while on vacation/holiday?

Do you have favorite bookstores that you only get to visit while away on a trip?

What/Where are they?

You can't keep me out of bookstores when I'm on vacation! When I'm on Nantucket I love going to Nantucket Bookworks and Mitchell's, as I've written before, and I always love to visit local bookshops (or even the local Borders!) and pick up books that are special to a place. When I was in New Mexico once, I bought some great local poetry; the last time I went to France I got books about local myths. When I came home from a four-month stay in Ireland I had a veritable mini-library of Irish books. One thing I love to do when I travel is to pick up a dictionary of the local language- so I have an Occitan dictionary from the Languedoc region of France, a Hawaiian dictionary from Maui, a Canadian-French dictionary from Quebec, an Irish dictionary from Dublin, and more. This summer I'm going to Vegas and San Francisco and I already have a literary itinerary in the works. Travel is such a great opportunity to learn and enrich yourself, and books and reading help it stay with you forever!