March 31, 2021

On the Road Again

In two days, I will be driving 10+ hours to New Mexico. I will be there for 3 whole days with not a lot of doing of much. I will mostly be sitting on a couch, hopefully cuddling some cats, watching TV and reading books. Therefore, I need to take some books with me.

The driving portions of the trip will also be excellent times to get some audiobook reading in. I will want to listen to music and podcasts, some, but hopefully I can squeeze in an audiobook or two.

So here is what I'm planning to pack for my three day trip.

Hell in the Heartland by Jax Miller - I've been putting this off until I could dive in, and I will have plenty of uninterrupted reading time, probably.

The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli - I promised a kid I would take this to New Mexico and read it. I need to catch up to her.

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen - I'm taking this one for funsies.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Books by Leah Price - This is another one that needs a long chunk of reading time. The ideas build on each other and if I read them in little chunks, they all fall apart. No good.

The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins - I am currently listening to this one. I'm a bit over halfway through it. I don't think I'll finish it before Friday, so I'll probably finish this off.

After this one, it's so hard to choose! I have so many! I have to decide if I want to read them on paper or audio. There are some books I just really want to read with my eyes and experience holding the book. Others, it doesn't matter so much.

Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley - I'm actually not sure if I would ever bother with picking up this one up in paper. So it would probably be good to go the audiobook route. 14 hours, 13 minutes.

Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth - This is a dark academia book set in a boarding school for girls. That might be good for a daytime drive. 19 hours, 27 minutes.

The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold - I keep meaning to buy this, but I haven't done it, yet. I could probably get away with reading it on audio. 10 hours, 19 minutes.

That's probably enough to keep me in books. I do listen to my audiobooks at 1.5 - 2.0 speed, so the times listed on these is not actually how long it would take. I still can't finish all of them on this trip, even if I did nothing but listen to audiobooks.

I'm taking at least 4 books for a 3 day trip, even though I can't possibly finish them all (there isn't a short book in the bunch) because I want to make sure I have something to fit my mood, whatever that mood is.

Seriously, this whole planning my books thing takes more brain power than planning what clothes I'm going to take!