I am going on vacation in a few weeks and I can’t wait. I will be going to the Outer Banks, NC, where I go every year with my family. It’s my favorite week of the year — just sand, sun, and water. And, because it’s my family, there’s also a lot of french onion dip and chips, sand crab hunting, and Shanghai (multi-round card game that my family plays like we have an addiction).
Given all of that beach time, I knew that I’d need to load my Nook with plenty of material to keep me occupied while perfecting my tan. In previous years I lugged books to OBX each year and then had to lug them all back at the end of the week. Not only did they take up space in my suitcase but most of the books came back water-logged and sandy. Ew. I’m a very voracious reader so I can go through about a book per day at the beach since it’s nonstop reading time. So having a Nook is amazing! Each extra book doesn’t weigh anything extra 🙂
However, I’m also really cheap so once I got my Nook I started looking for ways to get free e-books. If I paid for every book I read I’d be spending hundreds of dollars a month. Project Gutenberg was my first stop for free classics (I’ve been reading Anna Karenina on and off for a few months now — dang, Tolstoy was really, really long-winded). But for new releases, I turn to the Arlington Public Library website. If you have a library card, you can sign up for an e-account and then check out and download e-books to your e-reading device — Arlington Library supports both Nook and Kindle formats. I can’t express to you how amazing this service is. You do have to place holds on the e-books because the library has a certain number of “copies”, but the wait times are much less than for hard copy books (typically only a few days). And the coolest part is, there’s no returning hassle — the book simply “self destructs” after the checkout period so you don’t have to worry about late fees. The selection at Arlington isn’t 100% up to par yet with my reading wish list, but it’s getting there.
In preparation for vacation, so far I’ve downloaded:
- A Short History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson
- The Endurance, by Caroline Alexander
- Juliet, A Novel, by Anne Fortier
- Delirium, by Lauren Oliver
- A Widow for One Year, by John Irving
- Anna and the French Kiss, by Stephanie Perkins
Any additional suggestions for good beach reading?