Favorite travel paperbacks!

I’m soon to leave to fly to San Francisco, to attend NTEN’s NTC (Nonprofit Technology Conference). So, I’m taking books to read while travelling.

  • John Mortimer’s Rumpose of the Bailey (a re-read)
  • Carson McCuller’s The Ballad of Sad Cafe and Other Stories (long overdue)
  • The Church Hymnary, Third edition (Church of Scotland goodness)

These are small and easy to carry. So, what do you like to travel with?

Oh, and if you’re at NTC, be sure to see me at the Sunlight Foundation booth tomorrow night during the Science Fair exhibiting time.

4 Replies to “Favorite travel paperbacks!”

  1. I don’t believe in “small and easy to carry” books while traveling. I run the risk of finishing them too quickly and then having to carry them around while looking for other things to read.

    In my adolescent summers in Turkey, I tackled James Clavell’s works…that’s how I read Shogun, Tai Pan, and Noble House in consecutive years.

    Now, I tend to overpack books because I have too many academic commitments. That totally throws off the equation since I’m more bound by what I have to have completed rather than what I choose to read.

  2. I like books on tape of silly popular things that are a million miles from what I read in real life. My last was “White Oleander.” My next will be “Running with Scissors.”

    I did listen to Jeffrey Toobin’s “The Nine” on my way to and from North Carolina, but mostly, I just listen to stupid stuff.

    who stops by an outlet mall right off 95 in NC with $10 books on tape.

  3. I’ve been known to take thick hardbacks – even on a plane…
    I usually take a book on the area I’m going to. Going to Birmingham next month, I’m taking a copy of an Alabama history book to read! Ususally I perfer something more specific to that area – but we’re going up to Trussville and down to Camp Hill as well -if I see a good local book there, it will get picked up.
    I dunno what other two books, but usually something on my reading list – something light, and something serious. I tend to take more than anyone could read on a trip (as insurance) – If I were driving, then yeah some books on cd -(my car does take mp3s) –

  4. I overpacked on vacation books, naturally. I read Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett (totally charming), Terminal Freeze by Lincoln Child (I’m too familiar with his formula by now, so, enh), The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi (unsatisfying in the way that Zodiac was), and Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal, which was better than I’d anticipated it would be (Jim B. recommended it). Mostly fluff. I did take Swann’s Way, but didn’t get to it in time. We’ll see if I can start and finish it before it has to go back to the library.

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