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!

11 comments:

Smilingsal said...

You are an enthusiastic book shopper! : )

thekoolaidmom said...

I wanna go on vacation with you! You get all the good stuff :-)

readerville said...

What are your literary plans in Vegas? I think that's the one travel destination where I didn't think much about reading.

Confuzzled Books said...

I am interested in what you literary plans for Vegas as well. Happy Reading!

Book Zombie said...

I adore books about local myths and folklore. The one you got from France must be very interesting.

Matt said...

Part of the reason why I buy books when I'm abroad is that I can find books of local favors. Bookstores are the very first destinations when I go on vacation.

S. Krishna said...

After all your posts, you really make me want to go to Nantucket...

Lori Thornton said...

I almost always buy books on vacations. I always try to browse the "local" books wherever I am and usually ended up buying one or more. I love independent bookstores, but if all I can find is a chain, I'll go to it.

Allison said...

Ok..my responses are posted at:
http://allisonsatticblog.blogspot.com/2008/07/booking-through-thursday_17.html

Ok..i still don't know who to put a link in here..don't know the HTML!

jlshall said...

OK, you've made me want to go traveling right this minute! But I have to wait till the end of August for our next trip (sob!). I've been trying for years to get to Nantucket, but our plans always fall through. But I've been to Cape Cod many years ago (Falmouth) and really loved it. And there was a great bookstore there, too.

Dave said...

I always stop at bookstores while on vacation, to get suggestions about local authors or books set in that area. That habit led us here at the Baltimore Sun's book blog (baltimoresun.com/readstreet), to solicit recommendations for favorite stores in vacation spots. We've created a U.S. map with more than 100 stores at this link: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=100515186800624771848.00044ef22bd1d720733d3&ll=35.746512,-95.625&spn=55.832856,70.3125&z=2&source=embed