Still debating which books to bring on the Boat. Weight is a concern, but I've never really gotten into e-books just yet. Reading off a computer screen all day means my tolerance for reading off a computer screen at night is way less.
Today, I realized another option. The Fatal Shore. Robert Hughes. I lubs Robert Hughes.
One of those big books you need a serious session to read, and just burn through. And by all accounts it's fantastic, even without a real connection to the subject at hand.
Another recent option: Shogun. A book which I do have a connection with, in that it's a subject I'm interested in and want to know more about, and this seems to be the gateway work for all of that.
So yeah. There are two basic methods for reading on the Boat. Either I take one massive book, and hope to like it and burn through, or I take several smaller books, where even if you don't like it, it's NBD to finish anyway and move onto the next.
This is the same problem I face every year, when I try to come up with a list for camping -- one big book which I would never get to read otherwise, or several smaller ones (which I always seem to do instead -- a book a day for all nine days).
Smaller books would be the usual assortment of Apollo memoirs, a Gore Vidal, and some Henry James / Edith Wharton / Frank Norris type deal.
Of course, looming over all of this is the Richard Burton Diaries. I want to read them. I must read them. They seem to be good, but... are they? Will I be stuck with this? What if it's a drag, all that drinking and boredom with glamour and sex? What if my gods are destroyed?
Gonna be tough to dismiss the Diaries, though. As attractive as it is, I'm still not sold. I don't want to wimp out on this and take smaller, inconsequential books.
The other question is if I will have the time to read at all. This is a Very Valid Question, given the fact that I will not be able to escape Mom ever.
Jeebus, that's a look of love, ain't it?