It’s All Right. I Have a Book

Bridget on the necessity of reading materials:

Nothing for me is worse than being in the back of an airplane or at a hotel with nothing to read. When in one mountainous far off place, I had to downsize a bag as the little airplane being piloted by what I believe was a Yeti, was weight restricted and my books were left behind for materials I had to have for the mission. I almost would have given up my tools, my poncho and my hiking boots than my little collection of paperbacks, of Earth Abides and Stranger in a Strange Land and a small leather bound book of Shakespeare sonnets.

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3 Comments

  1. Medeine Ragana says:

    I’m always astonished when I am invited to someone’s home and there are absolutely no books anywhere… not even magazines! ::shakes head::

  2. harmonyfb says:

    This is why I value my e-reader – while I love the heft and feel of real books, sometimes you need to minimize weight and maximize reading material. I can carry hundreds of titles in something the size of a trade paperback. It means I will never run out of books while I’m traveling. ::happy sigh::

    Medeine: I had jury duty once and could not believe the number of people who showed up with no reading material AT ALL (and then sat around whining about how bored they were. ::eyeroll::)

  3. Maria says:

    I found one of my favorite books when I stopped by a friend’s house to do her a favor on my way to the airport to pick someone up. I had forgotten my reading material at home, so my friend handed me a book and said “Read this. It’s the best book ever.” I knew from the first paragraph that it was going to be one of my favorites, too — and I’d never have come across it without that desperate moment on the way to the airport.

    Curious about the book? It’s Harpo Speaks by Harpo Marx. Seriously.