Saturday, July 9, 2011

What to pack?

My vacation is fast approaching. I'm wondering what books to take. This is probably where an e-reader comes in handy, but I haven't crossed over to the dark side yet. I will be taking physical books on the plane. The trick is I can only take what will fit into a small beach bag. I figure seven or eight books is the max.

Here is what I must take:

The Beekeeper's Lament: How One Man and Half a Billion Honey Bees Help Feed AmericaThe Secret Lives of the Four Wives: A NovelOnly Mine (Hqn)

The Beekeeper's Lament by Hannah Nordhaus and The Secret Lives of the Four Wives by Lola Shoneyin (TLC Book Tour for the last one). Only Mine by Susan Mallery also part of a blog tour, which will be posted on August 1. Mallery's book is rather small. It's a mass market paperback, so maybe that shouldn't count towards the total? I'm definitely taking it, but I just don't think it will take up much space.

After that, it's kind of hard to choose. So, I thought I would ask for a little help. First, the offerings from my adult reading pile:
The Passage Publisher: Ballantine BooksSing You Home: A Novel 
Before I Go to Sleep: A NovelSugar in My Bowl: Real Women Write About Real Sex

I bought The Passage by Justin Cronin on my vacation last year. I think he's getting a little lonely (and dusty) at the bottom of my pile. I went to Jodi Picoult's signing for Sing You Home in March. It was great to meet her. I'm a big fan. I think I have about 10 of her books, three of which I still need to read. The best way I can describe Before I go to Sleep by S.J. Watson, is a creepy adult version of Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. Sugar in my Bowl by Erica Jong is a combination of stories where women talk about sex. This one is out of the ordinary for me, which is why it intrigues me the most.

Adult books are great, but I also have a DEEP Young Adult pile I want to get to. This is where the decision-making gets a little tricky.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer Daughter of Smoke and Bone Between Here and Forever Annabel: A Novel 

(Psssst!! I'm not done yet!)
Angel Burn The Gray Zone Nightshade: Book 1Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, vg

And I guess I will stop there. The list could go on, but these are some of the books I really want to read. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin, Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, Between Here and Forever by Elizabeth Scott, Anabel by Kathleen Winter, Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly, The Gray Zone by Daphna Edwards Ziman, Nightshade by Andrea Cremer, and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling. I have the entire Harry Potter set, but obviously I can't lug seven heavy hardcovers with me.

I think the adult pile will be easy to choose from, but I think I need a little help the rest of the way. Any thoughts out there?


  1. HP would keep me busy for one vacation- forget the others :) I suggest Nightshade and Sugar in My Bowl.

  2. Sugar in my Bowl is a hardcover, but it's very light. And I'll admit to being really curious about that one. I have heard some really good things about Nightshade. This is good. A few more opinions, and I'll come to a decision. Thanks for the input.