Sunday Salon – What to Read on Holiday

I’ve not been doing much reading or blogging as we’ve been away for a few days in the southeast of England and today we’re off again, this time to Germany. I’ve been thinking what books to take, bearing in mind that they should not be big and heavy (in weight), so I’m not taking Fleshmarket Close even though I’m in the middle of reading it and will probably lose the thread and have to start again when I come back home.

The two I’ve settled on are The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens, (235 pages of quite small print) which should last me a while to read – I’ve never read any of Dickens’s books quickly. The other book I’ve chosen is Molly Fox’s Birthday by Deirdre Madden (221 pages), which looks very different from the Drood book. Both are paperbacks and are books I’ve been wanting to read for a while. It feels strange only taking two books but we’ll only be away for three days and staying with family, so there may not be much time for reading. The flight time isn’t long – the longest time is between flight connections at Heathrow, so I think they’ll last me. But I think I should also take Agatha Christie’s 4.50 from Paddington as a standby because that is a very slim book (190 pages). Deciding which books to take is a doddle compared to deciding what clothes to pack, as I find it really difficult to travel light!

11 thoughts on “Sunday Salon – What to Read on Holiday

  1. I think that you are very wise. I usually overestimate the amount of reading time I will have. As I go through possible candidates, I find that I can’t bear to leave them at home. The fact that they’re hardcover doesn’t deter me. The worst decisions come when I go to a book festival. I know full well that I will buy books while I’m there, but I have to have my travel library with me! Annie

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  2. I often think I should read some more Dickens. I find him quite slow reading too. I’m convinced Dickens meant them to be read aloud and in small bits.

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  3. We usually travel by car so I pack everything we own and a few other things according to my husband. Actually he’s about right. When we flew to London a few years ago it took me forever to pack. Although there weren’t extra charges for every little thing then like there are now, I kept thinking about schlepping our luggage here and there so I packed light. It was fall so I packed for chilly and rainy, but it was warm and sunny the whole trip!

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  4. Yeah, I don’t think Dickens can be read very quickly; Christie, on the other hand, definitely can. I won’t be getting to the one you mentioned for a while…I’m reading them in order for a reading challenge.

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  5. I tend to overpack books also, which makes an e-reader so appealing…you don’t have to guess quite so much what you’ll be in the mood for.

    The two you picked seem reasonable though–long enough to last, complimentary, but varied enough to offer diversion if you tire of one. I must say, though, that A. Christie books make excellent travelling companions.

    Enjoy your trip, and safe travels.

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  6. One of the reasons why I love holidays in Britain is that I can bring one book and buy the rest in second-hand shops. I did that in Scotland last year. I suppose I could do the same in Germany as – technically – I can read German, and with my reading speed in that language I wouldn´t NEED more than one book 😉

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