“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them,”

says American children’s author Daniel Handler, writing under his pen name Lemony Snicket.

This idea resonates with me, as I am sure it will with the other book-loving contributors to this blog. As someone who has left shampoo, socks and other essentials at home in order to cram more books into her suitcase,  book carrying comes at a cost. E-books, although a more practical holiday option, are a total turn-off. I agree with the managing director of British book chain Waterstones, James Daunt, who says that  reading a favourite novel on screen is like tasting vintage wine through a straw. 

Bookscombined is taking a break from posting this August – I’m too busy squeezing books into suitcases – but I hope you’ll visit again in September.

Happy summer reading.

The image featured at the beginning of this post is by The Other Dan.