5 Things Bookdragons Do Before Going Away

Can you believe its January?! No me neither! strikeout I’m totally not writing this in October 2018 Anyhoo, it’s a new year and with a new year comes adventures! Whether that’s educational adventures, general holidays or you know…the weekend get away. Something I’m sure you book dragons know, is how your friends, family, partner will say how you don’t need that many books. I know, I know they don’t get it. It’s alright, we’re gonna get through this together.

Are you ready, as I run down the things most of us will do, to prepare to go on any type of getaway? Let’s dive into this.


In some way, shape or form we make lists. Mentally, physically…simple, colour coded MASTERPIECES! *coughs* we like to be organised plus I know I have a scatty brain; I’m bound to forget something. Or think I’ve forgotten something, lists help me see what I need, if I’ve missed anything ect. And…I love lists.

Usually, we’ll make a list for possible books to take with us…yeah ok I know it’s a holiday and “we read enough as it is”.

We don’t. You. Can. Never. Read. Enough.

Holidays are great, but bringing books with us is like this security blanket, of if it sucks, the weathers mean to us; we’re safe with our books.


Oh yes. Books. Lots of them. Weekend getaway? 3 days away?
We’ll need:

*counts the books*

this old favourite in case we get hit with nostalgia 

these three because well it’s a trilogy and what if I finish the first one and HAVE to binge read it?

we’ll need these other two because well, I’ve been meaning to get to them since FOREVER

*frolics to the shelves to grab another one*

we need this one, in case I get struck to read something which is totally opposite to what I’m currently reading.

*slides in the other 4 books I’m currently reading*

*the kindle*

*the phone for audiobooks*

Oh wow…you know I think I’m gonna need another suitcase for my non essential items. Like clothes, toiletries…

I’m not gonna lie here, if we could we’d pack, our bookcases and shelves up. Then backpack to where we’re going with them. We’d still be taking the kindle though if we had one, no such thing has too many books.


I’m not sure if it’s just me, as I love writing and planning things. I usually bring a stack of notebooks, pens and pencils, which I probably won’t use.

BUT what if I need them? You know, so we bring them in case, we need them. Whilst we’re away we could get struck with the need, to plan out our schedule for when we return. Or we just want to colour code things cause it’s raining. *shrugs* whatever floats your boat.

New Lists

Ok, so now we’ve sorted out the books, and other things. It’s time for more lists, possibly one big master list of everything we should have. This is so we can check, double check and triple check that we’ve not forgotten our phone charger, or missed out packing our favourite pair of shoes.

Although we could pass for living in chaos 90% of the time, we actually like being organised, it’s just we struggle. Our brains are constantly buzzing with books we’ve read, books to read, books we’re currently reading. I mean if it’s any consolation – we have a corner (a really teeny tiny corner) in our minds for reality. It’s not a fun corner.

So we create new lists, to make sure we’ve not missed things, to add on anything we may have forgotten. The longer we’re away for, the longer the list is usually.

Hunt For Local Bookstores

Sorry I thought you said holiday? Oh you did? Excellent, for a moment there I thought we were going to have a problem. It’s well known with us bookdragons that we love books, we take books with us to read; we’ll return with more books than we took.

Mainly because we can’t resist buying books whilst we’re there. Some of us may choose to research local bookshops in the area they’re staying. Whilst others of us are happy to wing it, if there’s not a shop there…we’re driving until we find one. End of.

In short, we’ll probably be doing these things to prepare:

  • panicking about lack of books to bring with us
  • panicking about having no room for more books to bring back with us
  • flapping over what we’ve forgotten
  • nearly forgetting clothing
  • scrambling for the phone charger
  • shoving the kindle in for good measure
  • spending money for BOOKS and knick knacks
  • making sure we’ve finished all current reads where possible
  • cause we don’t wanna go on holiday part way through a book

How accurate is this for you? Do you do any of these things, when planning to go away? Have I missed anything? Let me know in the comments!

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40 thoughts on “5 Things Bookdragons Do Before Going Away

  1. Haha, pretty accurate. Actually I’m living in my car right now and the most important thing… my books and planning paper. 98% of my stuff is in storage and what do I miss the most… my books and computer. No winter clothes… eh, I’m indoors most of the day. But there are always books!

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  2. Love the local bookshop point! Me and my aunts always wander around the towns we visit in search for bookshops, especially the second hand ones that are full of gems!

    Plus I feel super called out about the lists as I sit here with 3 different lists… 😂

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  3. Hahaha this is so true! I am one for bringing at least 5 physical books, ebooks downloaded on my phone and my kindle. I will have also researched all the prime secondhand books stores in case they are quirkier than the ones at home.

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    • I gotchu we do love our physical books, I get eBooks for ease and convenience but man nothing will ever beat a good physical book *sighs dreamily* you can’t smell the Kindle…but you can smell the book xD


  4. I found your blog through a friend’s recommendation, and I am so glad I did, and landed on this post. Because I am very much a list-loving book worm! However I have to say, I don’t carry as many physical books with me anymore. I rely on having my Kindle & Audible stocked. Trying to be more practical, which is difficult me, when it comes to books. But well, I expect points for trying!

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    • aaaah your comment has literally just made my day! (who recommended my blog to you, I’m curious but you don’t have to say if you don’t want to 🙂 )

      Lists are my love, I mean we can make lists about the lists we need to make so…yes please to making lists about lists. YOU GET ALL THE POINTS FOR TRYING! I just suffer and carry round physical books, mainly because I don’t get on with eBooks and I’m not great with audio either 😦


  5. LITERALLY me! You will not believe the amount of times my family and I had a full-on argument about me bringing too many books on trips and taking too long inside a new-found bookshop when we could be *says with disdain* exploring different places. I absolutely LOVED this post! ❤

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    • awww I’m so glad you loved it Luxe! Haha I mean I can totally believe that, I’ve had arguments over the amount of books I take with me and I’m just like “what if I want to read but don’t have a book?” so we bring MORE than needed just to be sure hehe

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  6. This was so so so accurate. I almost cried because I couldn’t bring some of the books I wanted with me and even contemplated taking less clothes to make room. I ended up downloading extra books on my kindle to make myself feel better haha. I totally am a list maker as well, I almost always have to write one out every trip. Great post Clo!

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  7. BUT WHAT IF I’M NOT IN THE MOOD FOR THE BOOKS I BROUGHT WITH ME??? EVEN THE 3000 ON MY EREADER. Yeah we can’t be helped. I feel kind of scared that we think so alike.. But I’m also kind of relieved that I’m not the only one who thinks like this :’) this all just makes it a really great post ^^

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