Reading is a huge component of any vacation trip. Books are carefully selected such that they are page-turning and not mind-boggling like Camus and Morrison. Plot is esteemed way more than style. A good story is the perfect companion to the sun and the pool. In order to make sure I have the best matches, my book list would undergo numerous revisions—sometimes it’s not finalized until the night before departure. For the upcoming Thanksgiving Hawaii getaway, the reading list has completely changed. Silence of the Lambs, Defending Jacob, Into the Darkest Corners, and In the Shadow of the Banyan Tree are all deferred to the Asia trip in January. They seem more compatible for long-haul flights.