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Don't take these on vacation!

Summer is the perfect time to catch up on old books. Some old books, anyway

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If you’re visiting historical sites…
…then skip Scott Smith’s The Ruins. You could start obsessing about killer plants wriggling under your skin.

Or cruising…
…don’t pack David Foster Wallace’s collection A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again. One of the essays demolishes the appeal of cruise ships.

Or mountain climbing…
…avoid Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer’s account of icy death during an ill-fated Mount Everest trek.

Or relaxing at the beach…
…pick up Peter Benchley’s Jaws only if you intend to just tan. You won’t be going into the water.

Or hiking…
…don’t take Stephen King’s The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, a lost-in-the-woods tale that will definitely keep you off the trails.

Or canoeing…
…leave behind James Dickey’s classic novel Deliverance, about violence along the Cahulawassee River. Shhh! Do you hear a banjo?