Every Book Lover's inner Monologue When Packing Books For Vacation

Every Book Lover's inner Monologue When Packing Books For Vacation

Packing books is harder than packing clothes...

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I'm a huge book lover. I own more than 300 of them and I've read almost all of those. I also love going on vacation, particularly to the beach. Naturally, I also love taking books on the beach and reading in the sand while the waves come up and gently hit my feet, but it can be really hard to choose which books to take with me. Thus I give you, the inner monologue of a book lover trying to decide which books to take to the beach.

It all starts when you either visit a bookstore or order some new things online. You tell people "oh, it's for vacation" even though they all know you're just a crazy, compulsive book buyer with no control over your wallet. This probably starts a few weeks before and by the time vacation actually rolls around, you've got five or six new books that you've supposedly bought just to take with you.

But then, you start to question yourself. Why on earth would you take brand-new paperbacks onto the beach to get them covered in sand and saltwater and sunscreen? What kind of a monster are you? So, you stop and reconsider. Should you really just be taking the beaten up paperbacks you bought at that yard sale six months ago because they were cheap? Hmmm... maybe you should.

But, you start second guessing yourself again. You read some of those yard sale paperbacks on your kindle already and you really just bought them because you realized that you actually hate reading online and would much rather have the book. And you have so many new things you could take instead of those that you've already read. Basically, you're back to where you started from, just with a broader range.

Now, everything that you own but haven't read yet as well as some of those worn out books are on your shortlist. And by shortlist, I mean 25 or so. What do you do? You start really looking at all of them. The first ones to eliminate are the ones that are really thick. The fear that the spine might just fall apart if they get wet is too real to ignore. Then you check out the covers. You probably want to leave the glossy ones at home because what if the sunscreen takes away the shine?

The result of all of this: you end up packing 10 books into a backpack and just hope no one makes fun of you for not being able to choose once they realize what you've done.

But hey, don't let them get you down. You love your books and you love to read and this is your vacation. You do you and read your heart out!

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9 Reasons Why Topsail Island is the Best Beach in NC

North Topsail, Surf City, South Topsail, it’s all part of the best beach in North Carolina.
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1. The sunsets.

Topsail has the best sunsets out of any beach in North Carolina. Hands down.

2. The shark’s teeth and seashells.

You can always find a large amount of cool shells and shark’s teeth every beach trip. I have found that it is not like this at every beach, only at Topsail. Shell hunting tip: check out the point on the south end of the island every morning for the best shell selection. You might even come across a hidden mailbox with notes in it while shell hunting down there.

3. The food.

From Max’s pizza with the pepperoni under the cheese to the seafood at Breezeway and even having the experience of eating outside at Sears Landing, Topsail has some of the greatest restaurants any beach in NC has to offer. The best part about the food in Topsail is that the restaurants are all local. Also, there is a brand new doughnut shop in the Surf City part of the island...what could be better than doughnuts and the beach?

4. The Fourth of July.

Every year Topsail and neighboring town, Holly Ridge, rotate between who does fireworks on the fourth and who gets to do them on the fifth. Basically this means two whole days of celebrating our great nation at the beach. The Fourth is also fun in Topsail because the beach is full of people decked out in red, white, and blue, blaring country music, and playing cornhole and swimming all day. Some parts of the town even have mini Fourth of July block parties (okay maybe that's just my family and our neighbors but it’s still pretty fun).

5. The small town atmosphere.

Topsail is a small island which gives it a small town, everybody knows everybody kind of feel. It’s really easy to make life long beach friends here because you have the opportunity to see the same people out on the beach every summer.

6. The ice cream.

Growing up, we went out to get ice cream EVERY single night and admittedly we still do. It often feels like the whole island has the same idea because the lines are always out the door at every ice cream place on the island. Don’t let this discourage you though. It’s an unspoken rule to wait in the line no matter how long it may be because ice cream always tastes better at Topsail.

7. The best of both worlds.

Because Topsail is an island, in most cases you can see both the ocean and the sound from wherever you are staying. This is pretty awesome because you can watch the sunrise over the beach and the sunset over the sound without having to go too far. You also can go from playing cornhole on the beach to jet skiing in the sound without having to walk too far so you really do get the experience the best of both worlds.

8. Outdoor movies.

On certain nights of the week Topsail this has cool thing called “Summer Movies in the Park” where they play movies on a big blow up screen at a park that sits on the sound. The best part about this is that the movies are FREE. Tip: if you are vacationing at Topsail with bae, I highly suggest going to an outdoor movie together, even if it is Cinderella and even if you have seen it 100 times already you should still go. But, if outdoor movies aren’t your thing then I suggest going roller skating or playing a game of putt-putt.

9. The memories.

Whether you go for a week or a weekend, I promise that you will make some great memories with the people you love at Topsail Island. After spending 19 summers on the island, I know I sure have. From Fourth of July block parties, running into friends from all over NC, adventuring with cousins and swimming during hurricanes, I can honestly say that spending my summers at Topsail Island has been one of the best things ever.



North Topsail, Surf City, South Topsail, it’s all part of the best beach in NC and I highly recommend planning your next beach vacation to Topsail Island.

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