I only managed to pre-read the assigned school books (Sonlight.) I didn't read ahead the reading for pleasure books.
I wish I actually *had* read ahead on some of those books. It might have eliminated some problems. But like you, it wasn't humanly possible to do it all.
Good lesson: you can't do it all.
I had to laugh - "Hey, when you’re reading ahead for their 6th grade year, it’s pretty easy!"
There's no possible way I could read ahead every single book my 6th grader has read so far this year and will read from now to the end of the year :-) All I can do is read the contraversial books like Harry Potter and the His Dark Materials trilogy, and trust that the horse training and care manuals don't get too off color when it comes to stallion/mare relationships :-) We did run into a little bit of problem on a book about Seabiscuit, so we simply discussed human nature and how sad it is that people will behave in the way they were behaving. Fortunately, that was only one small section of the book. I figure I'd learned far worse by 4th grade, so thoughtful discussion of the issue involved has to be better than crude playground jokes.
Those memories sound wonderful! I love taking books on vacation, too. My husband laughs at me because I look like I'm moving in... only all of my bags are books and sewing or crochet! Seriously though, great reminder to keep a reading log!