Traveling With Books

My husband and I (and our Australian Shepherd) are getting set to visit our families in Michigan for the holidays…which means we have a 12 hour car trip on the horizon. That also means it’s time to get some travel reading prepared. 

We’ll be gone for about a week and, though I don’t plan on reading five books plus those I have loaded on my Nook, having options is a must. I’ve found that when it comes to reading in the car and over the busy holiday, having books I can dip in and out of pretty easily is important.  My book club chose Pulphead by John Jeremiah Sullivan and Elizabeth Gilbert’s The Signature of All Things to read through January, and even though I’m desperate to read the later I think Pulphead‘s essays will be what I end up going with for the trip. 

As for the car trip itself, I have the Stitcher app on my phone loaded up with some of my favorite podcasts to help pass some time when it’s my turn to drive and I can’t read. It’s an added bonus that most of them will be sharing their best books of the year around the same time that we’re traveling. I also grabbed an audiobook of Bill Bryson’s One Summer: America, 1927, which I’m really excited to get to. 

What are your best bookish tricks for passing time when traveling?