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1Kell_Smurthwaite
Aug 5, 2007, 6:18 am

I was just wondering how many members are going away on their summer holidays shortly and which books they'll be taking along to amuse themselves while their away.

I always end up taking more than I know I'll read, so I have a bit of choice. As I'm heading off to Swindon for a week on Wednesday, here are the books I'll be taking with me to read while travelling and whenever I manage to get a bit of peace and quiet:

1. Anne of Green Gables by L M Montgomery (reading circle choice)
2. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Posh Club)
3. The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
4. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
5. Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde (because it's set in Swindon!)

And I'll be loading up my iPod with:
1. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (already part-way through)
2. Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
3. Howards End by E M Forster

So how abut you guys? Anyone going away on holiday and taking a small library with them? What will you have with you?

2-Mr-Dustin-
Aug 9, 2007, 8:50 pm

Well, tomorrow I will be going to Manitoba for the weekend for a funeral and as it is about a seven hour drive to where we're going, I'm going to be taking some books along for the ride. I hope to finish the last hundred or so pages of my Robert Louis Stevenson compendium today so I can start afresh with my reading tomorrow.

I will be taking three books with me:
1. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley as it helps shrink my number of "To Read" books via being the shortest book in the pile and ties in with Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
2. Dracula by Bram Stoker again because it's one of the shorter books on the pile and it finishes up my 19th-century horror-esque theme I seem to be have going.
3. Pathfinders: A Global History of Exploration by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto because, with a few exceptions, most of the rest of my "To Read" books fall into the two categories of "Exploration/Nautical-themed" and "Classical Works" and what better way to start on the former than a solid base of the history of exploration?

3-Mr-Dustin-
Aug 18, 2007, 5:37 pm

Alright, so I took four books, aaaaaaaaand I barely got through one. I slept pretty much the whole ride there so I didn't read then, read bits and pieces over the weekend to finish my R.L. Stevenson and barely read a handful of pages of Frankenstein on the way back because of not being able to concentrate due to music playing and then having to drive.

4Kell_Smurthwaite
Edited: Aug 20, 2007, 5:27 pm

I was quite chuffed in that I managed to finish 3 books whilst away on holiday:

1. Anne of Green Gables by L M Montgomery (very good)
2. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See (excellent)
3. Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde (pretty good, butnot as good as the first one)

I didn't get onto any of the audio books though, as I was never anywhere alone.

5geneg
Aug 21, 2007, 6:10 pm

Chuffed? Is than an English word? What does it mean?

6Kell_Smurthwaite
Aug 22, 2007, 3:45 pm

Yes, chuffed is a Brit coloquialism meaning "very well pleased". :)

7geneg
Aug 22, 2007, 11:13 pm

Ah, thank you for your translation!

8WellReadWellFed
Aug 25, 2007, 6:07 pm

I know we are at the end of summer holidays, but I have had a very rich summer. I came across a post on Maciej Ceglowski's blog www.idlewords.com (very good writer) where a post called "Dating Without Kundera" caught my attention. Immortality has long been one of my favorite books and I like Kundera's essays (maybe because they don't often deal with American lit, a subject I am all too immersed in).
I highly recommend checking the post out: http://www.idlewords.com/2005/11/dating_without_kundera.htm

So, being told that there were many other writers out there better than one of my cherished, I took the list and a $50 gift certificate to B&N and went online. I only ended up with two from the list, The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov and Ferdydurke by Witold Gombrowicz. Following recommendations from the bookseller I also ordered Watermark by Joseph Brodsky, The Piano Teacher by Elfriede Jelinek, We by Yevgeny Zamyatin, and Fatelessness by Imre Kertesz.

Of these:
The Master and Margarita - very highly recommended, it is now one of my top ten all time favorites
Ferdydurke - quite amazing, although I'm sure not for everyone
We - eh. It was okay... I used to read a lot of this kind of stuff in high school, 1984, Brave New World, etc. So it was mildly nostalgic.

I haven't gotten to the others yet, but I have continued to down Eastern European and Russian lit: Heart of a Dog (Bulgakov), Dead Souls (Gogol) and of course a daily dose of one of Nabokov's luscious stories.

I'm not sure what I'll read for the winter months...

9judylou
Sep 21, 2007, 12:19 am

We're about to start our Spring holidays here in Melbourne. I'm looking forward to a 14 hour drive up north so have borrowed A hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Shooting Star by Peter Temple to listen to on the way. (Its hard to find something that me, the husband and the teenage boys will all be interested in). I've also got Possession, Benang and The Fog Garden to read when I get there.

10Kell_Smurthwaite
Sep 21, 2007, 1:12 pm

Well, that's me got a week off work now, and I'm not going anywhere, so I'm planning on picking up my hefty hardback copy of The Stand by Stephen King. It's the complete, uncut edition and it's been a few years since I last revisited my old buddies, Stu Redman and Larry Underwood, et al.

I'll also be continuing with The Dumas Club by Arturo Perez-Reverte as my "carry-around" book when I'm out and about (The Stand is just to heavy to stick in my bag!).

I'm not sure what I'll read after that...

11geneg
Sep 21, 2007, 2:50 pm

Kell, If you finish The Stand tell me how many different novels are contained in that one book.

12Kell_Smurthwaite
Sep 21, 2007, 3:39 pm

Oh there are LOADS of different intertwining stories in The Stand, Geneg! I must have read it a dozen times by now and I still find something fresh each time I delve into the pages!

13geneg
Sep 21, 2007, 4:23 pm

I don't mind intertwining stories, but I counted three full novels and a novella just in the linear progression.

14Kell_Smurthwaite
Sep 21, 2007, 5:12 pm

I've never actually counted - they all kind of blend in for me. :)