I’ve had to travel for work once more, and such is my fear that I will be left without reading materials that I charged up my laptop and my tablet with a couple of books each (advanced reading copies), plus took a few paperbacks as well. I even planned ahead so as not to run out of battery. However, this time I did not take the Kindle with me. It’s not really my Kindle, but my husband’s (I gave it to him as a Christmas present fifteen months ago, but have far more books on it than he does – I read faster! What can I do?).
So what are the results of this reading whilst on travel experiment?
1) It certainly stopped me buying stupid magazines and far too many newspapers at train stations and airports. Previously, I would overdose on those for fear that I might be left with nothing to read!!! A fate worse than death, I’m sure you’ll agree.
2) I had 2 non-fiction and 1 fiction paperbacks, plus 4 books in electronic format, yet I still nearly managed to run out of reading material. Because the non-fiction were suitable only for work purposes: they helped to put me in the mood for the course I was presenting. I finished 3 fiction titles, and discovered that I was not quite in the mood for ‘Le Rouge et le Noir’ or ‘The Three Musketeers’ in French (which were the free titles on my Google Nexus 7). I ended up having to play a game for the last half-hour or so of my journey.
3) If you are in a boring location with no fabulous restaurants and you feel very tired after working all day, you can get a lot of reading done. Variety is important, though, otherwise all the books start blurring in your head. I think three international conspiracy thrillers were probably not the wisest choice.
4) The easiest, most convenient way of reading? Still paperback for me. Much kinder on my eyes, interfering less with my sleep and I don’t need to worry about all those cables, chargers, cases, dropping things, getting them wet…