I have a habit of packing something that I ought to read and I've spent several trips struggling with books like Midnight's Children and Women in Love.
|Yes, I did fit all of these into my suitcase|
Here is a list of what I'm packing for my trip to Cape Town.
- The Thirteen Gun Salute by Patrick O'Brian. I'm reading this one now and hoping there will be a stop in Cape Town, as there sometimes is in the Jack Aubrey/Stephen Maturin series.
- Girl in a Blue Dress by Gaynor Arnold. "A novel inspired by the life and marriage of Charles Dickens."
- August Folly by Angela Thirkell. Pure indulgence.
- Something by Jane Austen. Maybe I'll try to pack Sense & Sensibility again.
- Crime & Punishment. It sounds crazy, but it's on deck for the Fifty Classics project. It's very likely that I won't even open it, but maybe our old paperback copy will become more interesting simply because it traveled needlessly to Cape Town and back.
- The Rough Guide to Cape Town. Of course I'm packing guide books! I haven't traveled with one of the Rough Guide series before. It's interesting how different guide books to the same place give such different information.
- Fodor's Exploring South Africa. I got this one at the library. I've never been impressed with Fodor's, so I might leave it at home.
- Wallpaper City Guide Cape Town. I've just discovered Wallpaper guides. This series is focused on design, and I was excited to discover that Cape Town has been designated the world design capital for 2014. Wallpaper books are marketed as "discreetly packaged" and before I bought my copy from Amazon, I had to look them up and make sure they weren't focused on where to find the sex industry. They simply have plain colored covers and don't scream "guide book."
- Eyewitness Travel South Africa. The Eyewitness Travel books are my absolute favorites. I got my copy at the public library.
What do you like to read when you're on vacation?