My Thanksgiving Road Trip Reads

by Kim on November 23, 2011 · 26 comments

If this post goes up as scheduled on Wednesday morning, the boyfriend and I will be starting the second leg of our Thanksgiving road trip to Wisconsin. We left home on Tuesday night and won’t be back until Sunday. The blog is going to be pretty quiet while I’m gone, but I did want to share the books I decided to bring with me.

  • The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee — This one has been on my shelf for a long time, but I can’t quite get started with it. I think I just need some sustained reading time to get into the book, which seems perfect for a car ride.
  • Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood by Alexandra Fuller — This one wasn’t on my radar until a favorite podcast, NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour, mentioned it in a recent show about memoirs. It made me curious.
  • Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood — I love Margaret Atwood, but I don’t read her very often because I feel like I have to ration her books out slowly… what will happen when there is no Atwood left? A road trip seems like a good time to bust some out.

I also checked out a few audio books from the library for Boyfriend and I to listen to. Picking out audio books for the two of us has always been hard because we have pretty different tastes in books. He usually likes things that have some sort of subversive element or that are really funny, and I’m more plot-oriented. I also never think to reserve books ahead of time, so selection is limited.

But anyway, here’s what I grabbed from the library this week:

  • Sex on the Moon by Ben Mezrich — With a title like that, how could this book not be at least mildly entertaining?
  • A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson — Boyfriend likes to hike, so I’m thinking that plus Bryson’s sense of humor might make this one a winner.
  • The Uncoupling by Meg Wolitzer — I really want to read this one because I’m curious about the connection to the Greek play, but I think the plot will grab his attention too.
  • The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen — This was a random grab. Anyone read/listened to this one that can give a verdict?
Other than in the car, I probably won’t be reading much this weekend. We’ve got too many plans to spend time catching up with friends, eating Turkey, and watching football to have much time for books. But honestly, that’s more than ok with me; I can’t wait to be reinvigorated seeing the people I love.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Previous post:

Next post: