Of course, the hardest thing to decide when packing for a trip is What Books to Bring. I don't think I ever go on a trip with less than five books, no matter how short. (Always paperbacks, for easier carrying). I have to have choices. What if I'm just not in the mood for my current read? Plus, I live in mortal fear of being stuck on a plane or on a layover with nothing to read. Oh, the horror!!
Here's what I brought in my carryon: Of course, my two current reads: The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (classic Victorian/Gothic mystery/book group book) and A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter (coming-of-age/spunky girl wants an education/YA); and Kitchen, by Banana Yoshimoto (Japanese literature/owned-and-unread). In my suitcase: The Watsons/Lady Susan/Sanditon by Jane Austen (have to bring at least one Jane Austen -- will they let me in without one? -- plus it's the only one I haven't read); and Sorcery and Cecelia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia by Patricia Wrede (YA fantasy -- and it has chocolate in the title, what's not to like? Plus my daughter is named Cecelia, so there you are). I could bring lots more books, but quite frankly, I may be overdoing it already, considering my two current reads alone total more than 1000 pages. But they're quick reads, and the flight is only about 5 hours total with layovers. I guess they have bookstores in Philadelphia, just in case. Not to mention the vendors with Jane Austen-related titles. I only bought three books so far, but there could be more before the day is over.
So tell me, gentle readers, did I overdo it? I did read on the plane and every night before falling asleep (even after a long day of seminars and whist until midnight!) Do you look forward to uninterrupted reading whilst traveling? How many books do you pack? And how much chocolate is enough?