Books on the road


As many of you know, I’m a huge library fan and make use of the wonderful Toronto Public Library’s excellent hold system for most of my reading needs.  I don’t, however, like to take library books with me when I travel, and an upcoming ten-day jaunt to Stockholm has me starting to think about what I’ll take with me.

I scanned my Summer Reading Challenge reading list for potential candidates…books that either I own or can buy used, and that would be enjoyable to read while travelling.  I already have a few on my Kindle:

  1. A Connecticul Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain (I’m about a third of the way in to this).
  2. Alice Adams by Booth Tarkington
  3. The Distant Hours by Kate Morton (I don’t currently have this assigned to a Challenge Task)

Other books that I had on hold at the library that I thought would be suitable are:

  1. Ann of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery.  I decided to reread this during the recent Royal Visit, which included a stop at Green Gables in PEI.
  2. Friend of the Devil by Peter Robinson.  It’s the next up (for me) in the Inspector Banks series.
  3. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry in Values by Robert Pirsig.  I read this long ago as a teen, but it’s the group read for the challenge and I’d love to give it another read.

I managed to find these at The Handy Book Exchange, my local used bookstore just around the corner on Avenue Road.  (They’re dog friendly which means I can pop in for a look when I’m walking Wilson, and they give him treats while I’m there.)  I’ll take off the library holds on these three and plan to leave them in Sweden with a BookCrossing sticker once I’ve finished them.

There are also a few books that I own that I’ll consider taking with me:

  1. Trader by Charles de Lint.  I’ve never read any of his work before, and I picked this up some time ago at Value Village. I’m becoming more open to the fantasy genre so we’ll see how this goes.
  2. Open Secrets by Alice Munroe.  Another one that I read some time ago and would like to re-read, and then give away.

Six paperbacks and a Kindle?  Maybe that’s excessive.  Maybe I’ll have already devoured one or more of these before I go.  Either way, I feel prepared!


4 thoughts on “Books on the road

  1. Happy reading trails to you. Quite a list.The only book on your list that I’ve read is Open Secrets. Enjoyed it.MB has read Charles de Lint but only Onion Girl. Interestingly the re is a song by Holy Cole of the same name and there is a connection.

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