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The most important part of packing for a road trip, of course, is deciding which books you’re going to take along. As my road trip is too long to allow for taking books out of the library, I shall have to take a selection from the Unread Book Club already lined up on my shelves, which as you can imagine makes me feel most productive & efficient.

I’ve already made a few definite choices. Dorothy Sayers’ Harriet Vane/Peter Whimsy quartet is coming: it will fulfill (indeed overfulfill) my next reading challenge, “three books by the same author,” and also I have meant to read these books for forever and expect them to be a treat which all in all makes them perfect for a vacation.

I’m also taking Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped, because, aptly, I kidnapped it from the shelf of a friend and ought to get it back in a reasonably timely manner.

But I’m still happily contemplating my other choices. Should I, for instance, take along Alexandre Dumas’ The Three Musketeers? I feel like The Three Musketeers AND all those Sayers books might be a little too much.

On the other hand, one should never underestimate how much reading time one will have on holiday! And The Three Musketeers is just one big book to haul around, rather than a lot of little books, which is a point in its favor.

Other contenders:

Jane Langton’s The Astonishing Stereoscope. I hesitate because perhaps I ought to let more time elapse after reading The Fragile Flag before reading another Langton book? Otherwise it might lead to unfair comparison.

Sheila O’Connor’s Sparrow Road. I found this in a Little Free Library and took it because I was enchanted at having a book from a Little Free Library. No idea if it’s any good. Has anyone read it?

Nancy Bond’s A String in the Harp. Children’s magical time travel fantasy! A genre that has fallen sadly out of fashion in late years, as has portal fantasy. Yes, I probably ought to give this one a go.

Theresa Tomlinson’s The Forestwife. A Robin Hood retelling. Possibly a nitty-gritty retelling with plague and starving to death? Hmm.

Patricia Clapp’s Constance: A Story of Early Plymouth. Massachusetts is on my itinerary. Of course I ought to take this book along.

Date: 2017-06-22 02:08 pm (UTC)
asakiyume: (good time)
From: [personal profile] asakiyume
:D :D :D

~ ~ We are going to have a great tiiiiiiimmmmmme~ ~

I keep seeing things around town and thinking, "Ooh, I'll have to show Osprey Archer that."

Date: 2017-06-22 06:52 pm (UTC)
landofnowhere: (Default)
From: [personal profile] landofnowhere
I liked the /The Forestwife/ as a kid, and reread it four or so years ago. I found it to be okay, fairly generic feminist retelling, and otherwise not that memorable. (/The Outlaws of Sherwood/ is my Robin Hood of choice.)

Date: 2017-06-23 10:00 pm (UTC)
landofnowhere: (Default)
From: [personal profile] landofnowhere
The /The Outlaws of Sherwood/ I was thinking of is by Robin McKinley -- did Monica Furlong do a version too? I did really like /Wise Child/ and /Juniper/ when I was a kid and should reread them.

Date: 2017-06-22 08:14 pm (UTC)
rachelmanija: (Books: old)
From: [personal profile] rachelmanija
I read A String in the Harp a while back, and have no recollection whatsoever of it. This suggests that it wasn't memorable.

Date: 2017-06-23 05:39 am (UTC)
silverusagi: (Default)
From: [personal profile] silverusagi
Did I miss a post? (I'm sure I did.) Is the road trip a definite go now?

Date: 2017-06-23 03:08 pm (UTC)
littlerhymes: the fox and the prince (Default)
From: [personal profile] littlerhymes
This is def the most important part of travelling. I'm pro Dumas, but gosh, I haven't read any of those other contenders. So maybe don't listen to me LOL.

Date: 2017-06-25 03:10 pm (UTC)
evelyn_b: (ishmael)
From: [personal profile] evelyn_b
I'm so glad the road trip is going to be a glorious reality! I hope you have lots of fun and make zero lattes (unless you really want one, I guess). How long will you be on the road?

I am very curious to read your thoughts on Sayers, but you already knew that. You might find it helpful to create a keyboard shortcut for the phrase "Shut up, Peter."

The Three Musketeers is a lot of book! I have to read it someday, maybe soon, but honestly the Monte Cristo Experience was such a near-perfect thrill ride I'm a little worried that no other book can possibly live up to it. Which is very unfair of me. Why should it have to live up to anything?

Date: 2017-06-29 08:19 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] evelyn_b
Canada! So exciting!

I gave a copy of The Count of Monte Cristo to my family at Christmas to pass around among themselves. So every couple of months I get to vicariously re-experience the magic, as they call me up to yell about Danglars et al.. It's a book about treasure, but it's also a treasure! But even after they've all had a turn, I think we'll be talking about CMC for many years to come.

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