Vacation TBR – The Books I’m Taking With Me On Vacation

I’m leaving for Croatia on Saturday. I’m so excited for my first vacation in many years. I have struggled with an illness called ME/CFS for the last 5 years, and been very ill. The last year and a half I have been slowly getting better. I’m far from “normal”, but it is a huge step from how it used to be. This vacation is going to be a big milestone in my recovery, and I’m really looking forward to the trip. I’m also very anxious, but I will not let that stop me.


Ok so over to this post, I want to tell you about the books I’m taking with me to Croatia. I narrowed it down to 3 books. I don’t think I will be reading more than 3 books, and if I do I have my Kindle and audiobooks. My criteria was: not too long, easy to read, paperback and that I already owns it. A lot of the books I owned didn’t make my criteria, but I found some that did.


The Titan’s Curse & The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

Book 3 and 4 in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series

It’s been a while since I read book 1 and 2, it was some time last year. I have been wanting to pick the series up again, and finish it this year. Since it is a middle grade series, it’s fast paced and easy to read. It’s perfect to read by the pool because I don’t have to focus on the book too much while reading. The books also fits all my criteria.


The Girls by Emma Cline

This book sounds really interesting, so I thought it would be fun to take with me on the vacation. I hope it is an easy read and not too slow. The book is only 355 pages, so it fits all my criteria.

That was all of the physical books I’m taking with me to Croatia. I might have to take with me the book I’m currently reading, if I don’t finish it before I leave. The one extra book will be Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi, I hope to finish it before though. I’m also taking with me some audiobooks that I have downloaded on my phone. 

I have downloaded:

1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5) by J.K. Rowling

2. Kaninjegeren (Joona Linna, #6) by Lars Kepler (The Rabbit Hunter)

3. Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy

I’m not going to list books from my Kindle.

What do you think of my TBR? Which books would you take with you on a vacation?

❤ -Rakel



Update: I’m Back, 1 Year Blogoversary, Norway Trip, Celebrating 17th of May

Finally I’m slowly starting to get out of my blogging slump, and I hope that I will be back 100% soon. I’m going to take it easy in the beginning and not push myself too much. I hope and feel that the motivation to write is slowly coming back.

A lot of thing has happened while I have been away from the blog. My one year blogoversary happened now in May. It has been so much fun blogging this year. I have learned a lot and it has been great to have something to do at home every day. I want to do a giveaway soon to celebrate the 1 year anniversary, I just have to figure out how to do it.



In the meantime I want to tell you about my 10 day vacation to the West Coast of Norway, and how I celebrated 17th of May this year. 17 of May is Norway’s Constitution Day, it is one of the biggest days of the year. The whole country is celebrating together with parades, lots food and fun activities for the kids. A lot of my family lives on the West of Norway (I live near Oslo in the East). I haven’t visited my grandparents since I got ill 5 years ago, so it was a big milestone to finally be able to visit them. The car ride takes 8-9 hours, so I was pretty exhausted when I got there. The scenery is beautiful though, I love Norway’s nature


First we went to my grandmother on my mom’s side, and stayed there for a few days. I’m so grateful that I was able to see her again. You never know when they will be gone. Unfortunately my grandfather died last year. The house felt empty without him. My uncle that lives next doors has some animals. We fed the lambs some milk from a bottle, and gave the chickens some bread.


After half a week it was time to leave to visit my other grandmother. She doesn’t live that far away, the drive takes a couple of hours. Two years ago my grandmother on my dad’s side had a stroke and nearly died. She didn’t die but she has brain damage and can’t speak or walk. She is now living at a home for sick and old people. So we had to stay at my aunt and uncle’s house  instead of her house like we always used to do. Their house is on the same farm as my grandmother’s house. It was very weird and sad that my grandmother house was empty and that she wasn’t there. This trip was very emotional and I cried a lot.


On the morning of 17th of May we put on our Bunads. Bunad is Norway’s national costume/Folk Costume. It was my first time wearing the bunad since 2012. I rarely feel pretty, but when I put on my Bunad I always feel good. It is my grandmother on my mom’s side that has made my Bunad, and it is one of my favorite thing I own. The Bunad is heavy and takes time to put on, and it is very helpful if someone else can put on the jewelry so it looks proper.


After putting on our Bunads and eating a quick breakfast, we went to the old people’s home to visit my grandmother. I was very happy and a bit nervous to see her again. It has been 5 years, almost on the date since I last saw her. As I mentioned above she isn’t like she used to be because of the brain damage, we don’t know how much she understands. The meeting was very emotional for me, but it was so good to see her again. We watched the 17th of May entertainment for the old people, a guy held a speech and there was live music. When it was finished we went home because my grandmother was going to have dinner.


At home, a bit later in the day we went out to a get together at the village house(what to call it?). There they served food. The main course was Rømmegrøt (porridge made with sour cream), Spekemat (cured meats) and Flatbrød (flatbread). They also served Bløtkake (cake with whipped cream), other cakes, coffee and ice cream. Lets just say it isn’t the day to think of your diet, haha. They also had several fun activities for the kids.


After being social and eating I felt exhausted and had to go home and rest. The rest of the day I had to rest in the bed because I felt fatigued (because of my illness, ME/CFS). In the evening my dad came with my other aunt and uncle, they had driven all day to come. I went down to eat a meal with everyone, and after that I went right back to bed. All in all it was a really great day, even though I felt sick at the end.


The rest of the stay we visited my grandmother a lot. We also visited my other aunt and uncle for a dinner party.

It was a really great trip that I will remember for the rest of my life. I’m so happy that I manage to go and visit my grandmothers one more time.

❤ -Rakel