On the Booklovers Shelves: Special Vacation Edition

Filed in On the Book Lovers' Shelves , The Winged Lover Posted on October 20, 2011 @ 2:00 pm 14 comments
For this edition of shelf porn I will be showing you exactly how I smuggle so many books on holidays. My family are not readers, and I am fully aware that they don’t have the slightest inclination about how desperately I need to read. So to keep everyone happy I resorted to the favoured saying of “what they don’t know won’t hurt them” and started hiding my books so no one knew exactly how many I took.
So now I’m going to show you some of the ways I hid my books and turned my luggage into my holiday shelves:
The first way is simple…a book bag –>

Stylish and easy to pack, you can fit quite a few books in here – I shove them down the side as well. This bag is a canvas bag I actually got for $5 from a chemist – cheap and durable 😉

The next is a little more devious….a laptop bag:

Now obviously I need to fit my laptop and other paraphernalia in here as well, but there is still room for books…

Another handy spot is obviously luggage! This is my underwear bag:

(I took the underwear and pyjamas out so don’t know what colour undies I’m wearing :p) But as you can see…it still has some room for books:

Make sure to not overlook the obvious everyday places that you store your books:

I always have at least one book in my handbag when I am at home…so why not on holidays as well:

And last but not least…the secret smugglers mother load:

The travelling suitcase…we go away for a long time so I have two of these all padded out with books…it’s a good idea to pack them between your clothes…they act as a protective layer so the books don’t get destroyed. I took my clothes out for these photos though hehe.

Obviously now the gig is up, my family mostly knows that I smuggle books, but they also know I can pack around them so I have enough clothes as well, so they tolerate it but don’t necessarily like it…my bags can be a bit of an OHS hazard because they are so heavy.

Now you may be wondering how I could possibly read all of these books when I am away (I take about 50) well, I always say that you can never have too many books and I like having a choice about what I read so although I may not read all of them (this year not even half) I have a good selection, I can read pretty much anything that takes my fancy and I don’t buy books on holidays – anymore.

So these are my holiday shelves, you like?
Do you take books with you on holidays?
Do you need to smuggle them in to make sure they go?

About Amanda

Amanda-Lee is a proudly addicted reader and writer from Sydney. She lives with her wonderful husband and their more like a baby than a kitten Hamish. Amanda-Lee has been blogging for 4 years now and is a lover of all genres, though she does have a tendancy to stray towards the weird and wonderful concotions in the paranormal and fantasy genres. In addition to being the Winged Lover on BLI she also runs the book blog StoryWings.

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  • Sullivan McPig October 20, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    I take a couple of books, but not many, so I always 'need' to buy books at my holiday destination as otherwise I don't have anything to read.

  • alainala October 20, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    depends on where im going.. if im going domestic (ie visiting family etc) then i usually only bring a couple or 10.. because there is uusally used bookstores around them.. if i am going international.. i try to bring one book per 2 days there.. and yes, the purse, backpack, camera bag, laptop and carry on are usually filled with em..

  • Karen C October 20, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    I travel a lot lighter now that I have my Nook! If I take any print books, it's usually just 2-3.

  • Stella (Ex Libris) October 20, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Oh my you really did take half your library with you lol 😀 But what ingenious ways t smuggle your books, I never thought of having a separate underwear luggage, maybe I should invest in one just to have an extra bag to pack with books (though thanks to my Kindle now I can pack lighter ;-p)

    Thank you for sharing your secrets and showing your photos Amanda 🙂

  • BlackwaterMama October 20, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    I go nowhere without enough books to read. Whether to the dr or out of town on vacation. If it's a short trip and I'm almost finished, I make sure I have a new book to start. Obsession? NO! of course not 🙂

  • emmad October 20, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    I don't have to sneak books into every nook and granny now as have my Kindle sigh. When last we holiday'd I stocked the kindle up so had approx 10 new books and oh about 400 other's that are on there I haven't read yet but have either read years and years ago or someone thought I would like but I just don't feel like reading yet.

  • JenM October 20, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Ha! That's exactly why I own a Kindle. My husband bought my very first ereader 7 years ago (pre-Kindle and pre-Sony) because he was tired of carrying luggage stuffed with 10 or 15 books on overseas trips. I currently have about 300 unread books on my K (this includes about 200 free books), and the best thing is that I never suffer book panics anymore, although I do sometimes worry that my beloved K will break in the middle of a vacation.

  • xxsquigglesxx October 20, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    This post made me giggle! I love it! I think you should invest in an e-reader. It would make your life so much easier and you could take tons of books with you everywhere you go!

  • LSUReader October 20, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    You are so sneaky…I like that about you!

    When I went on a three-week vacation this summer, I tucked lots of paperbacks into my suitcase, then left them behind as I finished them. (And that gave me room for vacation purchases!)

    Thanks for a fun column.

  • Lesley D October 20, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    I do the exact same thing! I stuff books everywhere they will possibly fit in my luggage. But I've never packed 50 books before – you definitely have me beat!

  • Aurian October 21, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Ooo love this post! I always take a bag filled with books with me, much more than I can ever read in that time. But you have to have a choice in genres, and in each genre in author/books. Most people don't understand that, so I am happy to find kindred souls here! And yes, I have been thinking about an ereader, but I also love watching my stack of books and pick one out.

  • Wings @ storywings.blogspot.com October 21, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    @Sullivan McPig: I am now banned from buying books on holidays lol…a couple of years ago I bought about 30 while I was away and was reading at least a book a day…my mum then had to find a way to pack them in so they could come home hehe

    @alainala: I have never travelled international (never even been on a plane because we drive everywhere) so I really don't know how i'd go hehe…isn't there a weight limit at airports or something? I would not do well hehe

    @Karen C: wow only 2-3? I love looking at my stacks of books hehe

    @Stella: You're very welcome stella hehe

    @Blackwater Mama: I always make sure to have a new book to start too! I get so bored when I know I don't have anything to read…

    @emmad & JenM & xxsquigglesxx: I am trying to stay away from E-readers for as long as possible hehe, I can't stand them to be honest…much prefer the feel and smell of a paperback

    @LSUReader: *gasp!* leaving books behind?! I couldn't stand that hehe I am so possesive of every single one of my books…i can't even throw the ones I hate out!

    @Lesley D: Hehe 50 may be excessive…but I get a bit carried away sometimes…I see a space in a bag and am like: That could fit a book!

    @Aurian: Exactly! Choice is very important..I never know what I am going to feel like reading! And I completely feel you about the stacks…I could stare at that book stack for hours 😀

  • Sheree October 24, 2011 at 1:50 am

    Wow…. Usually, I'd buy a discounted book to take along specifically for a trip. That way, if I lose it (or drop it into the hotel pool), I won't be that upset. Besides, what with the airlines' charges for checked bags and such, one book is all I can bring.

  • Taylor October 26, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    This post had me laughing out loud- thanks!

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