“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.”
– Oscar Wilde
Why I chose this author quote
It’s a wonderful thought, isn’t it? That your own life might be more interesting than fiction. Mine occasionally is, but right now, I’m relying on fiction for my quota of sensationalism.
I’m holidaying in the UK again this year. When travelling in the UK, one should always have something sensational to read whenever one might be stuck indoors due to inclement weather. Which is almost always.
What this author quote means to me
I’ve been inspired by Mr Wilde to share how I choose my ‘something sensational to read’. Here are my five sensational types of books for travel.
1 A known author
Just in case I made a bad choice with one of the other books, I need something I can rely on. Choosing a book by someone whose work I’ve read and enjoyed before removes any worries about running out of sensational things to read.
2 An escapist read
In case of bad weather / family tensions / getting stuck in traffic. I’m making the most of my travel opportunity, whatever happens.
3 A book that requires concentration
Serious or long books often get left on the shelf. It can be hard to pay attention with all the distractions at home. Travel is a great opportunity to finally devote some quality time to them.
4 Something I’ve been looking forward to
I can’t go to an amazing, exotic destination, that will fill me with anticipation for months beforehand. But I can add to the excitement by packing a book I really want to read. Delaying reading a new book until I travel, adds to the overall anticipation of the trip.
5 A journal
Because you never know when something sensational will happen! It’s always best to be prepared.
So that’s how I choose my books for travel. Which books do you never travel without?
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