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I just got back from some travels as I write this. It’s challenging to me to decide what books to take along with me to read when I’m waiting for plane connections, or winding down for an evening away from home. Granted, having smartphones and tablets with multiple books on them helps by allowing a wider selection range to be carried more conveniently – but then, the struggle still remains exactly what content to have on a device.

For me, I generally prefer lighter reading. For these instances, you would more likely find me reading cozy mysteries, space opera, or urban fantasy; since I never know how much time I will have to read, or how busy I will be, I don’t want to concentrate on trying to remember where I left off in a more complicated plot. Generally in my experiences, trying to read a suspense or thriller, hard science fiction, or epic fantasy just becomes more challenging in these situations.

Of course, every person is different. If you’d like to share your thoughts on good types of books for travel reading, feel free to comment! Comments are moderated so they may not appear right away. I’d love to hear your thoughts.