When packing for a trip, apart from making sure I pack light, I also consider which book to bring to read along the way or whenever I have the time.
I would not know what to do if I did not have a book with me while waiting (especially in airports), I am certainly not one who can sit still and twiddle my thumbs.
Nowadays I choose only one book, as I've made the mistake of bringing along 2 books at one time and that proved a poor decision. Not only it added to the bulk in my bag, I ended up reading only one anyway and left the other untouched.
So, what do I read?
I usually - and consciously, I guess - choose travel-related books; am currently much into Bryson's works as they are vivid, detailed and hilarious at the same time. His writing style is fresh and light, peppered with punchlines where you least expect them, and easily conjures colourful images in my mind of places I've never been.
The books Long Way Round and Long Way Down, by Ewan Mc Gregor and Charley Boorman are great reads; I hope to find the DVD on sale one day. I think all real men should read these books!
And any book from good ol' Tony Bourdain, of course :)
For this weekend's trip I've decided to bring forward Bryson's A Walk In The Woods, which I had earlier reserved for another coming trip.
Will just have to find another book by then.