All of these books come highly recommended. Psyche recommends ‘Triumph of The Moon’ and Phil Hine recommends ‘The Anthropology of Magic’. (The other books come recommended from my non-magical nerd friends.)
These books represent my shortlist for the much-anticipated magical West Country trip beginning tomorrow. Ursula Le Guin‘s ‘The Other Wind’ was supposed to be on this list but I finished it before my holiday could even begin.
She was chosen because ‘The Other Wind’ was the final Earthsea book I hadn’t got around to reading and I remember her saying somewhere that her vision of Earthsea looks like the Isles of Scilly which is where I am going.
But it was too good so I consumed it in only a couple of sittings. Like Jow, I’m definitely a candidate for Over-readers Anonymous.
Now, I’d dearly love to take all of them because I have a five hour train journey to start which would presumably polish off the smaller ones before the holiday even begins except:
- Everyone reads significantly less than they intend to on vacation; especially if you’re going somewhere new for exploratory reasons.
- There is a 15 kilogram limit for luggage on the tiny plane I will use to get out to the Isles of Scilly (assuming Iceland/Mordor doesn’t defeat me again).
‘The Anthropology of Magic’ is a small book so that’s going in. I’m already a third of the way through ‘Triumph of the Moon’ so that’s going in… But they’re both quite heavy going.
I’m gonna add ‘Blink’ to the list because it was cheap and I won’t feel as bad if I have to leave it behind due to luggage restrictions or whatever. (I certainly won’t leave the former two behind. I’d rather just move to wherever I get stuck.)
Yep. A good list. I can knock over ‘Triumph of the Moon’ and possibly ‘Blink’ with one other book left in reserve.
Travel reading tips
- Don’t overestimate how much time you will actually spend reading in a new and exciting place.
- Are you prepared to abandon your books to satisfy a luggage requirement?
- See if there is a book out there that provides an emotional match for your destination.
- Make sure you have something light as well. You’re not going off to college.
- Don’t finish your eagerly-anticipated fiction choice before you even leave like some kind of impulse-control-issued smackhead.