And I’m Off!

We leave for Ireland tomorrow. I have packed nothing at this point, but our flight doesn’t leave until 11:00 pm, and I need something to do during the day. Even with leaving my packing until the last moment, I’ll still have plenty of hours with nothing much to do. I think I’ll be bored out of my mind, and probably too distracted and anxious to read.

Anyway, I think I’ve finally settled the issue of what books to bring with me. The most important thing is my Nook, on which I have almost 60 books. Most of those books are free classics from sites like Project Gutenberg, and a couple are from the library or NetGalleys. I can’t travel with just an electronic device for reading, though, because what happens if the battery runs out? So I’ll be bringing along at least one paper book. My thought is that I should bring something I don’t mind leaving behind, in order to make more room to bring books back. So I’m planning to bring a mass market copy of Laurie King’s Monstrous Regiment of Women, which will probably make good plane/airport reading.

I also bought my first book for the Nook today — bought as opposed to downloaded for free. I want to bring something nonfiction as well as all the novels I have, but in order to avoid carrying another paper book, I thought it was worthwhile to buy something. So I got Geoff Dyer’s collection of essays Otherwise Known as the Human Condition. I loved his books Yoga for People Who Can’t Be Bothered to Do It and Out of Sheer Rage. So I think I will like this new one.

In case you’re interested in what I have on my Nook, here’s a list:

  1. Louisa May Alcott, An Old-Fashioned Girl
  2. Elizabeth von Arnim, Elizabeth and Her German Garden
  3. Jane Austen, Persuasion
  4. Aphra Behn, Love-Letters Between a Nobleman and his Sister
  5. E.F. Benson, Miss Mapp
  6. Isabella Bird, A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains
  7. Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Charlotte’s Inheritance
  8. Robert Browning, The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett
  9. Mary Brunton, Self Control
  10. John Buchan, The Thirty-nine Steps
  11. Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Shuttle
  12. Fanny Burney, Cecilia
  13. Willa Cather, O Pioneers!
  14. Agatha Christie, The Mysterious Affair at Styles
  15. Agatha Christie, The Secret Adversary
  16. Wilkie Collins, The Law and the Lady
  17. Abraham Cowley, Cowley’s Essays
  18. E.M. Delafield, Consequences
  19. Charles Dickens, David Copperfield
  20. Arthur Conan Doyle, Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  21. Maria Edgeworth, Ennui
  22. George Eliot, Romola
  23. Sarah Fielding, The Governess
  24. E.M. Forster, Where Angels Fear to Tread
  25. John Galt, The Annals of the Parish
  26. Elizabeth Gaskell, Ruth
  27. Nikolai Gogol, Dead Souls
  28. Anna Katharine Green, The Leavenworth Case
  29. Thomas Hardy, Under the Greenwood Tree
  30. Nathaniel Hawthorne, The House of Seven Gables
  31. Georgette Heyer, The Black Moth
  32. Henry James, The Tragic Muse
  33. Henry James, The Europeans
  34. Sarah Orne Jewett, The Country of the Pointed Firs
  35. Mary Kingsley, Travels in West Africa
  36. Charlotte Lennox, The Life of Harriot Stuart
  37. Ada Leverson, Love at Second Sight
  38. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence
  39. F.M. Mayor, The Third Miss Symons
  40. Edith Nesbit, The Railway Children
  41. Margaret Oliphant, The Rector
  42. Margaret Oliphant, Salem Chapel
  43. Margaret Oliphant, Phoebe Junior
  44. Ann Radcliffe, The Romance of the Forest
  45. Dorothy Richardson, Pointed Roofs
  46. Dorothy Sayers, Whose Body
  47. Dorothy Sayers, Clouds of Witness
  48. William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing
  49. Frances Sheridan, Memoirs of Miss  Sidney Bidulph
  50. May Sinclair, Mary Olivier
  51. William Thackeray, Barry Lyndon
  52. Mrs. Humphry Ward, Lady Rose’s Daughter
  53. Mary Webb, Gone to Earth
  54. Rebecca West, The Return of the Soldier
  55. Edith Wharton, The Custom of the Country
  56. P.G. Wodehouse, My Man Jeeves
  57. Charlotte Mary Yonge, The Heir of Redclyffe

Plus, from the library I have Lars Iyer’s Spurious and from Netgalleys I have Monique Roffey’s White Woman on the Green Bicycle. I will not lack for reading material, as long as I remember my Nook power cord! I chose the books on my list of free classics based on what I have and haven’t read and what I own on paper. Many of the books are not the most obvious choices for a particular author, but they are the book by that author I wanted to read next.

I may post pictures here while I’m gone, but then again, I may not. So I’ll just say I’ll see you in June and possibly sooner. Take care while I’m gone!


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15 responses to “And I’m Off!

  1. Huge congratulations on having arrived at the eve of your trip!! I know you’ll have a fantastic time.

    And what a delicious selection of books you have on your Nook. David got me a fancy Broadview Press edition of The Return of the Soldier for my birthday and I’m excited to start reading. And always good to bring a little Wodehouse while traveling! 🙂


  2. Bon voyage! I totally support bringing some paper books as well as your electronic ones. I just got back from a conference and as much as I love my ereader, I don’t like reading it outside (especially on the beach!) and I also hate that I can’t read it uninterrupted on airplanes (since it is technically an electronic device). But it is lovely having such a wide selection of books at your disposable, though I never manage to get nearly as much reading done as I think I will!


  3. Have a fabulous time in Ireland! Sounds like you won’t lack for things to read!


  4. What a selection–you certainly will not lack for reading material! Have a wonderful trip!


  5. Looks like a reading escapade! What a collection of classics… The Nook is perfect for travelling, and you’re well prepared with your additional paperback. Bon Voyage, Dorothy! Enjoy your travel and your reading! Hope you can still keep in touch whenever you can find an internet cafe.


  6. Love you list of books on your Nook! Have a wonderful trip!


  7. Have a really great time! I’ll be thinking of you while you’re there! I really liked the Laurie King novel–it’s much better than the first Mary Russell story and just the thing for traveling. I may have to load some of the ebooks you mention onto my Nook–you have a great selection even if they aren’t the first books you’d choose by each author. ‘See’ you in June!


  8. What a list! Enjoy! Wish I were going. 🙂

    I like to carry cheap paperbacks when I travel (especially far or for a while, like you’re doing) to leave behind, as you said – part of the pleasure is hoping that someone else will pick it up and enjoy it (or get through a flight, bus ride, or whatever). It’s fun to strategically pick where to leave it. 🙂


  9. Have a wonderful time! Still hoping to see you if I can arrange my interviews in London!


  10. Have a great holidays! See you in June with a full account of your adventures, literary or otherwise!


  11. Hope you are having a fantastic time on your holiday! Can’t wait to hear what wonderful places you’ll discover.


  12. ashley

    I have always wanted to go to Ireland, I have heard that it is beautiful. I always take books with me when I travel and have been considering buying a Nook,. I think it would come in use.


  13. Jenny

    What a *fantastic* list! I can’t wait to hear about your travels when you return.


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