This weekend I am on the road! I am visiting Denmark for a friend's wedding, and looking forward to it very much. So far I have been treated to some spectacular Danish hospitality, including a rather splendid afternoon cake.
But it is not so much the country of Denmark that I want to talk about (as fine as it is - seriously, you ought to consider making the trip at some point, if you hadn't considered it as a holiday destination!) Rather it is the nature of travelling with books.
See, I am here for four days (wedding day included). I spent approximately ten minutes packing my suitcase and sorting out my outfit (a rather snazzy floral dress and wedges). I then spent AT LEAST 45 minutes browsing my shelves, picking up and discarding choices of books to bring with me on the trip.
Not only did I spend this long on deciding which books, but I have ended up bringing SEVEN books. For four days. One of which I'll be doing the social butterfly thing and won't manage any book reading. But I felt I needed seven to cover every single eventuality - all my various moods, a few different genres represented, any commitments I have.
Right now, I can certainly see the attraction of an eReader, where I don't suffer the agonies of having to choose which books to bring and which books to leave.
I was also deeply amused by the fact that when I reached the airport I didn't spend my hour or so wait reading the seven books I have taken with me - instead, I wandered as though hypnotised towards the nearest bookstore. It was offering 4 books for the price of 3 and I had a couple in my hand before I thought about it. You'll be pleased to know I didn't buy any of them (I just fondled them a little) but I could easily have ended up carting eleven books with me *grin*.
What are you holiday book habits? Do you agonise over your choices? Are you smug about your eReading capabilities? Do you ALWAYS take far too many books for the period you're away?
And, for those who are interested, here are my seven:
- Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson (for my Malazan Re-read)
- The Equivoque Principle and The Eleventh Plague by Darren Craske (a long overdue read of this good-natured author's work)
- The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas and The Long Song by Andrea Levy (two of the Man Booker Prize shortlist)
- Johannes Cabal the Detective by Jonathan L Howard (my current read)
- Veteran by Gavin Smith (another book I owe it to the author to read).