Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Going on a Cruise!

Later this month I am going on a cruise! Luckily, the ship we'll be on, Oceania's Regatta, has an excellent library according to the Washington Post. Look at that fireplace! And considering that we need to bring bulkier clothes than on past cruises as this trip is 10 days instead of 7, and we're going to Alaska (!!!), I'm trying to be as smart about my packing as possible.

I'm thinking of being really insane and just bringing two books--one for the flight there and one for the flight home, and relying on the library for the rest of the trip. Is that too crazy? I've read at least one book from the ship's library on each of my two prior cruises. Surely I can find 3 books to read in the library, even if they're not all books I'd read if I had access to everything. But that's sometimes a good thing--being forced from a limited selection to choose something I wouldn't normally read.

What I'm thinking of bringing:
All the Winters After by Seré Prince Halverson—this book is fairly chunky, I have
an ARC so I wouldn't mind leaving it or giving it to one of our fellow cruisers, and it's set in Alaska.
Alaska by James Michener—while I don't own this, it's available in mass market and would be pretty easy to get. I know from having read Hawaii that it will be dense and full of history but the story part will be thin. While at the time that I was reading Hawaii, the thin plot made me think I wouldn't read Michener again, but since then whenever Hawaii comes up I do think about things from that book and it has stuck with me, thinking Alaska would be a good one too.
Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill by Candice Millard—I got this ARC last month from the publisher and I'm shocked I didn't start reading it immediately. Given my father and brother (also on the cruise) are big WWII nuts, I don't think I'll have any trouble finding it a new home when I'm done with it, even if it is all set long before then.
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson—pretty much everything I just said about the Millard, except I've had this book for about 18 months.

So basically, I want my second book to be a chunky readable nonfiction. We'll see. I likely will pick it as one of the very last things I pack because I like to go with my mood, and so that means last-minute. Any suggestions?

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