Flying across the country? You’ll need LOTS of books.

Pretend this Duffy is me
Pretend this Duffy is me
As you read this, I’ll be flying across the country to visit my east coast family. It’s a family emergency sort of thing, which is less fun than I’d like a reunion to be, but it’ll be nice to see everyone again. We haven’t met in person for about 9 years, so~.

Traveling means lots of free time, and what do we book bloggers do in our free time? Read! (And eat. Well, I do, anyway.)

Even though I have an ebook reader (or two), I still have to plan out which books I want to bring with me on a trip. I don’t keep EVERY ebook I own on my reader because that’s ridiculous, and redownloading something on a free-but-shakey wifi connection is a big pain in the rear. Therefore I must make lists!

Here’s what I’m planning on bringing. I chose them by going through my Calibre library and thinking “which books would I least hate to have on the other side of the continent?” I may have gone a bit overboard (I’ll only be gone for a week) but since I don’t have to worry about weight I don’t really care. So!

  • All the ebooks in my monthly TBR list. Because I want to stay on track! Sort of. I’ll try, anyway.
  • Miles Errant by Lois McMaster Bujold, the next Vorkosigan omnibus tbr. I’ve already read three Vorkosigan books in a row, though, so I may hold off reading this until next month (to spread things out a bit). Still, I don’t want to be without it if I DO want to read it after all! Bwahahaha.
  • One Coffee With by Margaret Maron. I haven’t read a mystery in a while, and this one looks interesting!
  • On Basilisk Station by David Weber, the first Honor Harrington book. I’ve been meaning to start reading this series for a few years now, and since I’m currently on a sci-fi kick I suppose now’s the time to do it. Clementine
  • The Lark and the Wren by Mercedes Lackey. I wasn’t wowed with my first Mercedes Lackey book but maybe this one will be better?
  • Okay For Now by Gary D. Schmidt, just in case. I bought this last year for, like, $0.50 or something, btw! Yay, cheap ebooks.
  • Miss Billy by Eleanor H. Porter. I’m not sure why I downloaded this from Project Gutenberg last year, but I DID. Might as well read it, eh?
  • The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella. This would actually be a reread– I bought this way back in 2010 (I think?) for a trip, so it seemed wise to bring it again for this one.
  • Clementine by Cherie Priest. I bought it when it first came out, and I still haven’t read it. Onto the Kindle it goes!
  • The Englishwoman in America by Isabella L. Bird. Izzy’s one of my favorite Victorian travel writers, and I almost always bring one of her books on my trips.
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. Just in case. MOST of these books are “just in case,” really. I’m also bringing the song on my iPod!

And then like five more books which I don’t want to list because (as I write this) I still need to pack stuff. How many sweaters will I need in Baltimore? I hope I’ve brought enough.

2 thoughts on “Flying across the country? You’ll need LOTS of books.”

  1. Oh my! That should be a sufficiency of books, I think. I hope your family is doing okay, or at least that they will be doing okay in the near future. And that everyone is nice and you have comfortable sleeping situations and nobody gets into quarrels. And lots and lots of fun reading by you.

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