Holiday packing

August 14, 2014

Tomorrow I leave for a week’s vacation, including two long coach trips.

More difficult than deciding what clothes to pack is deciding what books and audiobooks to download to my Kindle Fire for the trip.  I only have 16GB on my Fire – next time I will go for 32GB at least! – and I’m not certain what internet access I will have during my trip.  So I need to decide what books I’m likely to want to read/listen to over the next week.

The first book I have chosen is, of course, Robin Hobb’s Fool’s Assassin.  Having reread much of the Realm of the Elderlings series, I’m anxious to know what she has in store next for Fitz and the Fool.  That’s the one I intend to start as soon as I board the coach.

Before embarking on my reread of Robin Hobb’s works, I’d been listening to Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl.  I will certainly continue that this trip if I get the chance.

Continuing my cutesey romance change of scene from epic fantasy, I have also downloaded Stephanie Perkins’ Anna and the French Kiss.  It’s supposed to be excellent and I look forward to that one.

On August 26th the long awaited next instalment in Brent Weeks’ Lightbringer trilogy, The Broken Eye, is released.  This epic fantasy series s narrated by the wonderful Simon Vance, and the second book in this series probably did more than any other book to hook me into audiobooks.  This has been added to my holiday reading list, too.

In case I am desperate to sleep, I have added Steven Erikson’s Gardens of the Moon, the first in his Malazan Book of the Fallen.  I apologise to any Steven Erikson fans here, but I’ve attempted to read this several times now and fallen asleep each time.

My inlaws are planning on taking us on a short road trip through Michigan and Illinois, so I thought Bill Bryson’s The Lost Continent might be an interesting one to listen to in the car if they are so inclined.

I’ll probably get nothing more read than Fool’s Assassin, if that, but at least I will have some choices if my mood changes!

What did you read on holiday this year?  Let me know in the comments.

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