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Subject: Airplane reading (and other forms of travel)
Date Posted: 9/20/2009 6:00 PM ET
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I thought I would start a topic for folks to share what authors/stories they like to read when traveling.  With the holidays getting close (eek!) I thought this would be a great way everyone to share.  Mystery lovers can get the chance to order on PBS in time for the trip to the in-laws house.  Or, folks can find new authors to share with their family!

I travel.  A lot.  I find that I prefer mass-market paperbacks (lighter, easier to carry) and books that are part of a series I am currently reading. I know I will like them. For example: this last trip I took a few books from Deborah Crombie's Kincaid/James series.  Not only do I find the series enjoyable, but the covers and titles do not scare the person next to me!  Bonus: I can leave books behind without feeling guilty, as I usually take non-wishlisted books along as well.

Date Posted: 9/20/2009 8:34 PM ET
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Well, when I travel I take my ereader, but if I do take a *hard copy*, I don't take any specific author or genre, my decision is based wholly on the shape of the book.  I take my unpostables.  That way if I lose it, I don't feel bad, or if someone takes an interest, I can leave it behind.   Great question btw!

Date Posted: 9/20/2009 9:07 PM ET
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I usually take cozies when I travel (and romances).  I also tend to grab ones from series/authors I know I already like. But I prerer lighter reads incase I don't have much time to devote to reading.  I don't want to have to think about the plot too much.

Date Posted: 9/21/2009 10:50 AM ET
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I rarely took hardback books with me when I traveled only because of the weight.  I traveled as lightly as possible.  I always however had at least 3 paperbacks with me.  I also would have at least 2 audio books on my ipod and I would have one or two ebooks on my PDA.  Clearly I had a fear of running out of reading material.

I also always had my books in the cover that I got here at PBS.  I'm not much for talking to people when I travel.  I know it's not sociable, but traveling causes me great anxiety and talking with people makes it even worse for me.  So I kept my books covered so I didn't invite conversations about what I was reading.  I would also always have my earbuds from my iPod in.

Lots of time I would listen to an audiobook while I knitted or crocheted.  It made the time go by very quickly.

And despite doing all of that - I seem to have a friendly face or a very approachable manner because people would STILL always talk to me. LOL!  I usually ended up with someone older sittting next to me or would meet them in the line going through security and end up helping them.  Must be my Southern upbringing.  I just can't be rude to strangers.

Date Posted: 9/21/2009 2:21 PM ET
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I take whatever I might be reading at the time,  not necessarily anything special.  But I have found some authors I really like because I have picked up a book in an airport gift shop, used bookstore, or a department store when I finished the book I brought along and needed another book for on the way home.  

Date Posted: 9/21/2009 6:21 PM ET
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I have an e-reader, so that's my favorite travelling companion!  As far as genre's go, I like mystery/suspense for travelling.  It's generally engrossing enough that I don't notice all the little inconveniences you have in airports, on trains, etc.  Once I put in my earplugs, I'm in my own little cone of privacy.

Date Posted: 9/21/2009 6:41 PM ET
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It's been quite awhile since I travelled anywhere long enough where I had to worry about a book. It seems every time I fly, I get stuck next to someone with screaming kids or whining toddlers...REAL fun when you have an 8 hour flight to the UK!   So i find it hard to concentrate in those circumstances and in the past have just listened to music to drown out the noise. Now that I've discovered audiobooks that would be an option. Audiobooks are what I listen to do when I do longer driving trips, and usually something lighter and fluffy-ish.


Date Posted: 9/23/2009 9:18 AM ET
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Like others, paperbacks and lighter reading are what I tend to take with me. My hardest decision is how many books I will take . . . sometimes I will breeze through 6 books in an 8 day trip and other times just 1 or 2. Playaways are very convenient for traveling.
Date Posted: 9/23/2009 11:18 AM ET
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I don't travel. I think that is why I read. At least I feel like I have been somewhere. LOL
Date Posted: 9/23/2009 6:05 PM ET
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Whenever I travel, I pack my knitting and books first.  Like Melani, I too, have a completely irrational fear of running out of reading or knitting material.  I like a really gripping mystery if I have to fly, so that I can distract myself.  I also like lighter cozies so if I miss details, I haven't missed the whole point of the book. 

I also tend to stick to authors I've read and enjoyed in the past, so I can be more certain I will like the books that are taking up valuable PDA memory or suitcase space.

If I am going somewhere that is newer (rather than to just visit family), I like to see if I can find a book set in that area to read while there.  Makes me appreciate both the book and the locale more.