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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

What to Take

A pile of books sits next to me. I must decide which ones I should take with me on a journey tomorrow. My husband's solution was to download books to his Kindle and take that. No, thank you. What if one book does not hold my interest, despite the reviews I have read about it? What if I get through one (or two or three) so quickly I have nothing else to read? The latter will most likely not be a problem as there are several independent bookstores and one wonderful used bookshop in the town I will be visiting. Alice Ozma's The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared will be in my carry-on bag. I know I will love Kirby Larson's The Friendship Doll, so that might not be a good choice. Maybe I will stay awake reading tonight (and worrying slightly about traveling). I am one-third done with Diane Ackerman's One Hundred Names for Love and am engrossed in the account of her work with her husband's cognitive functioning after a stroke. I have a few hours to decide the final selections.

9 comments:

  1. Don't forget, you can also make a trip to the local library! Even if you don't have a valid library card, you can read in the exotic setting of a new library building.

    Happy travels, and happy reading, my friend!

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  2. Have a wonderful trip. Hope you glean many musings that will result in further blogs.

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  3. Oh, and I have some ALSC banquet paraphernalia to pass on to you, so you can transform it into something creative!

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  4. and you know it's possible that the people you're going to visit might have a book or two in their personal library for you to read.

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  5. I will go to the library, David, since the last time I visited I only walked by it.

    I look forward to seeing what ALSC goodies you brought for me, Joyce. I can't wait to hear your stories from the award banquet.

    And yes, dear Brattcat, I am certain there will be things to read when I arrive.

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  6. I enjoyed reading about your dilemma. I always say that my book choices for traveling are more important to me than deciding what clothes to pack!
    I requested Friendship Doll, but haven't received it yet. So now I'm trying to decide between Shooting Kabul and The Graveyard Book for my upcoming trip. I'm trying to read more books that appeal to boys this summer.
    My adult choices are Shanghai Girls, The Postmistress, and My Name is Mary Sutter.

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  7. It took me a bit to like THE GRAVEYARD BOOK, Ramona. My teaching partner loved THE POSTMISTRESS, so I'm requesting that next. I decided to take THE WIDOWER'S TALE and THE READING PROMISE.

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  8. Sounds like a great selection, and me, too, I need the physical book in hand!

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  9. Alas, I made poor choices. They were soon abandoned. Thankfully, Brattcat left something entertaining on the stand in my room!

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