Monday, June 9, 2014

Worth a Thousand Words: Sir Ian Reads

via Awesome People Reading
This resonated because I'm already thinking about what books to take to the Holy Land. Not for research! Pfft! NO, for my own personal reading. And not on the Kindle. I'll take my Kindle, but not for main reading.

Right now, front runners are my paperbacks of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I have resigned myself to the fact that the big, one-volume book would be too heavy.

What books would you take on a long journey? Kindle or real?

(Want to know more about my Holy Land journey? Or come along? Check it out.)


  1. I've been thinking about starting Kristin Lavransdatter, which lots of trusted friends rave about. Of course, I'd rather take a sure thing. Right now, the book that pops to mind is The Once and Future King. I'd like to reread that soon. Real, not Kindle for sure. For me, Kindle while traveling is for filler reading, i.e. while there's nothing else to do.

    1. I tend to keep the Kindle for review books I can't get "real" copies of and old favorites which I know so well I don't have to absorb them for the first time.

      I always liked the first part of The Once and Future King but never could get into the "grown up" part. I loved Mary Stewart's Crystal Caves trilogy about Merlin though. Just loved her way with words so much.

  2. I like to have a paper book for the plane, in case it's one of those flights where you get stuck on a runway for hours with no electronic devices allowed. But other than that, I prefer my e-reader. Mine is permanently loaded with Elizabeth Jane Howard's Cazalet series, the Stieg Larsson Millennium series, and all the Harry Potter books. I think I had the George RR Martin's on there too, but they are too confusing to read without a paper map and the list of characters for constant reference.

    LOTR would be a great addition. When I travel I find I need a familiar comfortable book to help with insomnia or jet-lag, and an exciting, pay-attention book to make boring time fly. LOTR would fill both requirements.

    My mother always travels with the classics -- goes to the second hand book store for copies of Jane Austen or Trollope and then leaves them wherever she happens to be when she finishes reading them.

    Don't forget the joys of browsing through airport bookstores. I will always love Heathrow for introducing me to Kate Atkinson.

    1. I never thought of the Harry Potter books for the Kindle. Those would be a great addition to my Georgette Heyers, Agatha Christies, and The Rosie Project (which I love so much I always keep it on there).

      I forgot about airport bookstores. Especially in spots along the way. One thing I love doing is visiting foreign bookstores and just never thought of including airports as "foreign" (which they are for me!).

  3. Always paper version!!! Anywhere!!!