What books are you taking on your cruise?

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#1
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I love to read and while travelling and cruising am happy to be sitting by the pool or in the solarium with a good book to grab my attention. I usually also bring along some form of puzzle book too. I prefer biographies or autobiographies . And since lately have become addicted to the Investigation discovery channel which we refer to as the murder channel.. Any ideas? Going to head to Barnes and noble and my local library this week before my cruise...
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My DW takes her iPad, and it contains at least 150 books! She is downloading more all the time! She reads romance novels, some of which are a series with new books coming out anywhere from monthly to annually. When she doesn't have a new book, she will reread some of her old favorites.

Me - no book, no paper, nothing! Cruise to get away, completely. It takes effort to read the daily cruise bulletin
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Not sure what ship you are on, but when I cruise Princess I always like to see what books are in the ships library. They usually have something good to read.


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I take a couple of books on my Kindle. Murder mysteries usually. Not too light but nothing so involved I can't put it down and come back easily. First cruise I took The Lord of the Rings. Never got out of the first chapter. I kept getting interrupted watching people or just watching the ocean. Couldn't stay focused. And I love that book.

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My Kindle is always well loaded with books to read, and I have several games on my phone that can be played offline including a Patience app with over 100 different types of patience.

Agatha Christie's books are great for travel, she's an excellent author.
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I use primarily audiobooks, which are great for walking the Promenade deck or just lounging......I hate e-readers like Kindles, but I will go to the library on board and usually go through 5 or 6 per 2-week voyage.
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Originally posted by Blondilu
I take a couple of books on my Kindle. Murder mysteries usually. Not too light but nothing so involved I can't put it down and come back easily. First cruise I took The Lord of the Rings. Never got out of the first chapter. I kept getting interrupted watching people or just watching the ocean. Couldn't stay focused. And I love that book.

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I'm with you. I always take a book or two with me and NEVER read them. (and I LOVE to read) Between activities and meeting/speaking with new people, I never seem to get around to it. The other thread on "books", there are a lot of very "heavy" reading material books. I don't know how people are able to concentrate...lol.
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I have lots of books downloaded on my iPad, but I love listening to audio books when cruising. I can still "people watch" and walk off dinner, etc. I download books from the library so they don't cost anything.
Right now I'm listening to The Frontiersmen by Allan Eckert, nonfiction that reads like a novel, takes place in VA, WV, KY.
I also like the Amanda Peabody mysteries by Elizabeth Peters.
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I like fairly gentle murder mysteries, so at the moment, I am working my way through Andrea Cammileri's Inspector Montalbano mysteries, and I also have all 20 of Ellis Peters' Brother Cadfael mysteries downloaded on the Kindle app on my iPad. That should keep me busy for a while!
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I use overdrive to download free Kindle or audiobooks through my Library. I preder audiobooks so I can do my walks and also keep an eye out for my teens


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I always pack a mystery/thriller for a cruise. But when I sit down on the promenade deck I get too mesmerized by the waves and the people watching.

This time I will browse for a book at the QM2's extensive library and find something to hold while I gaze at the water and the people...

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Originally posted by champagne123
I'm with you. I always take a book or two with me and NEVER read them. (and I LOVE to read) Between activities and meeting/speaking with new people, I never seem to get around to it. The other thread on "books", there are a lot of very "heavy" reading material books. I don't know how people are able to concentrate...lol.
Me either, LOL. Any serious reading would have to be done in my cabin. And what's the fun in that?
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I have a Kindle and belong to Amazon Prime. Before a cruise I load up on my free Prime titles. I don't go for cruise-style literature. I'm more about mysteries and detective novels. On a 7-day cruise I read 2-3 books depending on how long they are.
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Originally posted by fyree39
I have a Kindle and belong to Amazon Prime. Before a cruise I load up on my free Prime titles. I don't go for cruise-style literature. I'm more about mysteries and detective novels. On a 7-day cruise I read 2-3 books depending on how long they are.
In all seriousness...and NOT being facetious...how in the world do you have time to read 3 books on a 7 day cruise and are able to concentrate.
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Originally posted by champagne123
In all seriousness...and NOT being facetious...how in the world do you have time to read 3 books on a 7 day cruise and are able to concentrate.
I guess it would depend on how many sea days are in that 7-day cruise, and what else one likes to do. I certainly can and have finished a book on a sea day, if it's good enough to hold my attention.
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Originally posted by calliopecruiser
I guess it would depend on how many sea days are in that 7-day cruise, and what else one likes to do. I certainly can and have finished a book on a sea day, if it's good enough to hold my attention.
On a day off....at home...no distractions.....I can do this also. BUT on a cruise?
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One of the joys of cruising - for me - is the chance to sit on a lounge in the sun, or the shade, or on my balcony, and just read a good book. I can sit for hours and read, and since I am a fast reader, I can easily read 4 or more books in a week. Especially the "easy reads" like Nora Roberts or the Robert Parker books or most political thrillers.


I can't use an e-reader, so I stock up on books from used book stores and leave them behind in the ship library when finished.
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I downloaded John Sandford's Golden Prey for my recent trip. Had it completed by end of cruise. Just found 2 Ebooks, each book is a compilation of short stories written by a team of 2 authors collaborating. The first Ebook = Faceoff has John Sandford and Jeffrey Deaver teamed up. Second Ebook = Matchup has John Sandford and Lisa Jackson teamed up. Both of these books look very interesting for the fans of murder mysteries.
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