I like to take a book to read on vacation. It usually must be a paperback so it's not too heavy to carry with me. AND if need be, I can tear it into parts if space in my purse is a problem. I mean I might want to carry my journal too and there is only so much space available in a purse. Reading in a park, on a great bench, while on vacation, is relaxation at it's finest.
I had no intention of bringing a hardback book from the library with me to Budapest. But I had requested "Turn of Mind" about a month ago and it came in right before I left. So I started reading it and was hooked. Practicality went out the window. I finished it on the plane ride home. It's a good read.
I started "Born Round" in the car this morning on my way to work. Immediate bonding began between Frank Bruni (the author and reader) and myself. The "Goon Squad" and "Cutting for Stone" are by my bed. As soon as I get over my post vacation sleep deprivation I will be diving in to one of them.
By the way, that's the Esceri flea market tablecloth I got in Budapest under the books. See other purchases below. That little booklet is some sort of communist party member meeting attendance record. My older sister, the geneologist in the family, also happens to have studied Russian for a few years. I plan to have her examine and translate for me when she comes to visit next. She likes challenges.