Monday, March 16, 2009

Books and traveling

Sorry for the lack of posts lately — my husband and I just got back from a 10-day trip to Europe. We spent nearly half the trip in Haworth — where the Brontë sisters, my favorite authors, lived — so expect to see several of their books reviewed here in the coming weeks.

I did a lot of reading on the trip, but it wasn't very well planned, so I learned a few things about books and traveling.

1) If you are not careful, you may end up reading several books at once. At one point, I had six books started! The problem started because I was partway through The Lord of the Rings at home, but my copy is a collectible edition that I didn't want to risk traveling with. So I started another book for the trip... And throughout the course of our travels, found six other books to start — only one of which I finished before choosing another!

2) Read paperbacks while traveling. While I like the weight and feel of a hardback for normal reading, I chose paperbacks to take with me to Europe. They weigh less, fit more places, and I am not as picky about bent pages or damaged covers on a paperback!

3) Consider buying "throwaway" copies while traveling. If you really want to travel light, or if you think you are likely to buy books while on your travels, take only one book with you to start. If you need another book, you can buy an inexpensive paperback and leave it with the hotel for another traveler when you're finished. From experience I can tell you that would be much easier than trying to find a place in your suitcase for six extra books!

Obviously, with all these books started, I will have a lot to blog about as I finish them up. The first, which I read in a few hours and finished while on the trip, I will review tomorrow.

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