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:
- A Connecticul Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain (I’m about a third of the way in to this).
- Alice Adams by Booth Tarkington
- 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:
- 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.
- Friend of the Devil by Peter Robinson. It’s the next up (for me) in the Inspector Banks series.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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!