Today is the first of a series of posts I intend to do, showing my favourite places to read and what I tend to read there. Suggestions in the comments?
I am off to Australia today for 2 weeks, to celebrate my Grandpa’s 90th birthday and to do some of this:
(originally in the New York Times, I thieved it from C.B.)
Yes, I am leaving dear trusty Cecily behind for 2 whole weeks… to say nothing of Mr RFBT and The Resident Cousin. (Cecily is the bicycle, for those who don’t remember.) They’ll probably miss me more than Cecily will – at least I hope they will!
However, to get to Manly Beach, I have to go to London Heathrow airport, loathed by many, loved by some (me – it’s my gateway to somewhere I want to be!) and today, hopefully not full of royal wedding devotees. I love me a good wedding (my own was the first one I ever went to, so I’m playing catch-up) but I chose to fly on the evening of the royal wedding rather than the next day in the hope of missing the hordes of (Australian and other Commonwealth) monarchists who will have flown in for The Big Day. So my intention is to get to LHR nice and early and settle down in one of Terminal 3’s meagre choice of eating locations with a good book.
The book will be very much determined by what happens next. I hate flying. I refer to aeroplanes as flying tubes of death. Yes, I know the statistics, but I’m much happier at the wheel of Bunbury (my car), on Cecily, on the London Underground, a bus, or a regional train. Anything that moves across terra firma. Thus I need books that I read on planes to be so captivating that I forget about defying gravity, here is my list for the flight:
A nice little bit of Scandinavian crime noir.
Plus I will have Ted (the Kindle) – he’s all loaded up with classics and a few NetGalley review copies.
Do you choose books specifically for an upcoming flight (all of the ones I have listed are from my library apart from Snowman, which I bought), or do you take along a selection and see what grabs you?
Do you use particular types of books to escape from unpleasant situations (e.g. fear of flying)?