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2008
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I am currently attempting to winnow out my reading choices for traveling this week. It will be 10 days travel, and I know I will read at least 4 books. I have 10 selected, but I will be in Canada, and I think the chance that I’ll visit a book store, and buy books, is high. So which to take, which to leave? How many is too many?

I have solved the yarn problem by packing the blanket. Most of the colors will be in checked luggage, just 10 small bits for the plane–and I’ll pack spare circulars in the checked as well, in case I have to give up my needles at the gate. It’s unlikely I’ll finish in this lifetime on this trip, so for once I am traveling with only one project.

Meanwhile, I have been reading.

T is for Trespass is a classic Kinsey Millhone mystery, and raises some interesting cautions.

And God Created the Au Pair had me laughing out loud on the train. Written as a series of emails among friends, (and a sister in Canada and one in London) it was challenging to read at first. The tone is dry and humorous though, and I loved it.

I enjoyed The Saudi Connection. It’s the kind of book I like to read on planes–gripping adventure, international intrigue etc. etc. 

The Magician’s Assistant is an Ann Patchett novel. I loved Bel Canto, and I think I tried to read this one some time ago but couldn’t get into it. This time I could, and I enjoyed it all the way through.

Currently, I am working my way through a series of detective novels set in Toronto during the 1800s (I think that’s the time frame). These are straightforward mysteries, and the characters and settings are well described. So far I’ve read Except the Dying, Under the Dragon’s Tail, and Poor Tom is Cold.

Not sure what’s up next–depends how much I can carry I guess!

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