I'm almost on my way to visit Ft. Worth, Texas! I'm a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) and this week I'm going to their Annual General Meeting, also known as the AGM. I didn't get to go last year to the one in Portland, but I went two years ago to the 2009 AGM in Philadelphia and had a wonderful time.
Last time, I naturally packed waaaay too many books in my carryon -- I don't know how I imagined I'd have time to do much reading! I did actually read two books last time, so I'm cutting back from six books packed last time, to only four. Hey, I need to have choices! Here's what I may be bringing with me:
The Annotated Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen -- I recently finished The Annotated Persuasion, which was wonderful. The theme for this years' AGM is Sense and Sensibility, in honor of the 200th anniversary of its publication. So of course I'll need my own copy close at hand.
The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer -- considered by many to be the Queen of Regency Romances, Georgette Heyer wrote more than twenty books set during the Regency period. One of my book groups is a monthly Jane Austen group, and we have to alternate her works with other related books. In November we're each going to talk about a different novel by Heyer.
A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin -- I know, it's the complete opposite of Jane Austen! But I've been dying to read the second volume after loving the first book in the series, A Game of Thrones. I've been saving this one, since I want to stretch the series out -- book five was just published, so who knows how long it will take before Martin finishes the next volume? This is a big fat book, perfect for reading on planes, shuttle buses, etc., because it's lots of very short chapters, which make it easy to pick up and read just a little at a time.
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen -- one of my possible reads for the October Classics Circuit -- which will also fulfill my fourth book for the RIP challenge.
And I'm also packing a few extra books about Jane Austen -- there are quite a few authors attending and they'll hopefully be able to sign my books. But those don't count since I probably won't be reading them, just getting them signed.
I just recounted and I'm up to seven books which is more than I brought last time to Philadelphia! Am I the only one who packs books first for a vacation -- and packs way too many?? Which ones should I bring, and which ones will I have to save for later?