This has been a busy summer for us. In addition to our trip to Nova Scotia back in July, we’ve also been driving up to a few cottages, owned by various friends and relatives.
And now I’m off for a weekend in New York! My cousin got married in Hawaii back in January, but I wasn’t able to go. My uncle is now throwing a reception for him in New York.
It’s a nine-hour drive there and back (the things we do for family …) and I can’t read in the car, so audiobooks will be stepping in to save the day. Here’s what I’ve loaded onto my iPod for the trip:
- In a Sunburned Country, by Bill Bryson
- Dave Barry Is Not Taking This Sitting Down, by Dave Barry
- Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone, by JK Rowling
- Austenland, by Shannon Hale
- The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, by Alexander McCall Smith
The Bill Bryson and Dave Barry books (along with a handful of BBC dramatizations of Agatha Christie’s mysteries) are for listening time with my husband – we’ll attach the iPod to portable speakers for these. He doesn’t like listening on headphones or earbuds when he’s driving and we can never get those FM transmitters to work (we can never seem to find an open FM channel to use), so these little battery-operated speakers work perfectly.
The Harry Potter book is for the Harry Potter reading challenge; I’m re-reading all the books in audio. I am about a quarter of the way through Austenland, and haven’t started The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency yet.
And for any moments I can snatch to read when we’re at the hotel, I’m taking a paperback copy of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson.
Because this trip isn’t very long, I really didn’t have as many problems choosing titles as I did the last time.
What did you bring to read on your last road trip or vacation? And did you manage to read as much as you would have liked to?