Friday, July 13, 2012

Books for Australia!

I am soon going to Australia. I know, it totally rocks! And I have been pondering/obsessing about what to bring with me to read, especially since as you know, I am opposed to and don't have an eReader. Last year I went on a cruise and I also had to fret over what books to bring, but that was 1 week, and this is 2+ and getting to the cruise only involved a 2 hour flight, not 3 flights, one of which is 17.5 hours!!

For the cruise I brought 4 ginormous books. I read one. Well, half of one. Although that's not all I read on the cruise - the cruise ship had a library (!!!) so I read two books from there. And half of a 950+ page book is nothing to sneeze at. But one of those books is probably joining me on this year's trip as well. My criteria include: the books must be mass market, preferably disposable (bought used), and they get extra points for being about Australia and/or potentially appealing to my boyfriend as well. Here's my current probable list:

leftover from last year's trip:
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas (trade paperback)

my boyfriend might also enjoy:
I, Claudius by Robert Graves
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le CarrĂ©

brain candy for the later parts of the flights when my brain won't be functioning much:
Sushi for Beginners by Marian Keyes
Terms of Endearment  by Larry McMurtry
The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

We are actually planning on bringing a small bag just for the in-flight entertainment and snacks as it's pretty much a whole day each way, particularly when combined with multiple layovers. I wish I could sleep on the plane but the best I do is doze off and get a terrible neck cramp. So I don't even try and instead hope to get tons of reading done. Some of my very best reading is done on planes. It's one of my favorite things about flying. In the past I've read Roots and World Without End on cross-country flights (I did have to finish them at home but thanks to hitting the West Coast for a day and then coming right back, in 2 days I did read more than 2/3 of each book, so it was easy when I got home to just sit down and finish them. I was so invested at that point, I just had to keep going!)

I'm a little worried that 8 books won't be nearly enough, but I'm excited to go to a couple of Australian bookstores, and I can always steal from my boyfriend (I hope he's also being thoughtful and bringing books I'll have some interest in.) If I end up having to shop at an airport bookstore, it could get ugly, but they're usually decent these days. The problem is if you're stuck in a terminal that doesn't have an actual bookstore, only a newsstand. You'll find out in about a month how I fared!


Ellie said...

Good luck! We're considering an actual overseas poolside holiday this year - our first in about seven years - and as usual, books are my first consideration! I'm thinking take maybe five, and treat myself to a shiny new one at the airport departure lounge en route too. We'll have several days of sunlounger reading, evenings, plus airports and about nine hours' worth of flights... Oh no, now I'm wondering if six is enough! *makes note to ponder this more thoroughly later*

I totally agree that plane reading is the best! No feeling the need to get up and do something else, and it kind of gives you your own little secluded nest away from other people around you. Also, nice smart men and women bring you snacks TO YOUR CHAIR, which is unheard of in my world.

Have an amazing time in Australia! :)

Booksnyc said...

I love reading on planes - so much uninterrupted time! I recently read some reviews of and picked up Five Bells by Gail Jones which is set in Australia if you are looking for books set there.

Can't wait to hear about your trip!