Okay, I’ve already got the ticket for the aeroplane. Now here’s the hard part: What books am I going to take with me to read on the eleven-hour flight and during my layovers in Tokoyo and Chicago?
I’m thinking small and skinny. I’ve been saving back some books. Here are the most likely suspects to make the journey with me:
1. THE STRANGER – Albert Camus
2. 21 STORIES – Graham Greene
3. PASSING – Nella Larsen
4. NEVER CRY WOLF – Farley Mowat
5. SHOGUN – James Clavell (okay, it’s not small and skinny, but it’s an epic story, and Clavell is a great storyteller. Plus, I am passing through Japan, even if it is just the Tokoyo airport and airport-hotel!)
6. THE POET AND THE MURDERER – Simon Worrall
7. Several true-crime books by Ann Rule
8. THE SEA – John Banville
Sigh. So far, nothing feels right. Oh crap — am I going into one of my rare persnickety moods about reading material? Maybe I should put them all in my backpack, just in case!
Actually, I only have to worry about getting to Chicago. There’s a nice bookshop at O’Hare, and I could buy something for my last layover and the short trip to Kansas City.
(At times like these, travel can seem so stressful, she thought wryly.)