I'll stay with BritHub 1.0, and -- if the weather clears -- I'll be able to sit out in his garden, which is lovely and has a fountain. (I'll take pictures.)
I *say* I'll get a lot written on my laptop, but I *know* I'll get a lot of reading done. Which means I need to take books.
Okay, so here's where every happy Kindle-cuddler, Nook-nuzzler, and iPad-petter comes around to insist that what I really need is an e-reader. Because, they'll point out, if I had an e-reader, I'd be taking all my books with me.
And that is (I gather) a true statement. But do I want all my books with me? I remember a grocery shopping trip some decades ago where I knew I wanted to have cereal, but which one? I stood in the cereal aisle for a long time, unable to decide. If I had my entire TBR bench worth of books in an e-reader, how would I know what to read? And wouldn't I risk cuing up one book only to think, "Maybe I'd rather start this other book?" and then cuing up another. And another . . .
Yes, of course that can happen with a paperback, but it doesn't. Once I have it in my hands, tucked into my handbag, or sitting on my bedside table, I've officially culled it from the pack and -- most of the time -- am committed to it until it's finished or declared a DNF.
Yes, there are those rare books that just don't sit right with me. I blogged about "speed bump" books here -- books that have a higher-than-usual barrier to getting started, however delightful they may be once I get going. Those tend to get shut and either returned to the TBR bench, or left lying someplace with a makeshift bookmark languishing in the early chapters.
Mostly, though, I'm excited about picking books for this trip. Of course I'll take too many. But they'll be too many specific books, not too much of an amorphous mass, which is how I imagine the e-books stored on an e-reader. Like literary oatmeal: undifferentiated except by volume.
I know that's not fair. I know that's not right. I know I'm an ignorant cow for writing about a technology when I haven't even tried it.
But some toys and gadgets sound like an awesome idea. And some don't. At the present time -- and I'll let you know when this changes -- an e-reader doesn't sound like a great idea. To me.
Ah, but in the scant minutes before I have to listen to the NPR Sunday Puzzle for my other blogging assignment, let's pick some books, shall we?
Laurie R. King's The Moor (I did start it but never got that far)
Mary Balogh's Simply Perfect (why not start a new series by Balogh?)
Julie Anne Long's Ways to be Wicked (haven't read one of hers in a long time, heh heh)
Loretta Chase's The Lion's Daughter (only one of her not-wildly-expensive-used books that I haven't read)
Sharon & Tom Curtis's Sunshine and Shadow (I may not like it; I *didn't* like The Windflower, but let's try this one and see if it goes better)
Melina Marchetta's Jellicoe Road (my Twitter friend, Kat, will approve!)
Jess Michael's Nothing Denied (because I need some heat, don't I?)
Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan (a book strongly recommended by Sonoma Lass)
Linda Warren's Deep in the Heart of Texas (a ten-year-old Harlequin Superromance I bought because it was on a receipt inside a book I blogged about here -- when I checked it on Amazon, it seemed intriguing)
Alan Bennett's An Uncommon Reader (sent to me by Janet W.; I now have two copies, so after I read it I think I'll pass it along to BritHub 1.0)
Susan Carroll's The Dark Queen (purchased to see if it was prohibitively "speed bumpy" -- it appears to be historical fiction with romantic and fantasy elements, but I liked her romances, so who knows)
Mercedes Lackey's The Fire Rose (because it sounds fun)
Will I get all these read? No way. But I know I'll have as much fun picking among them as I had picking them out. No oatmeal here!
(P.S. If you're wondering, that tote bag is from the Canton Public Library. As the photo was posted to Flickr in 2008, I'm not sure if they still sell them for $3, but I sure want one!)