One of the things I always regret packing? Copious paperbacks and magazines. This is double edged sword. I need something to read in transit lest I get annoyed at the old man snoring next to me, or the couple behind me who allows their three small children to climb all over the seats perpetually whining, kneeing me in the back and spewing animal cracker crumbs everywhere. (Damn little kids never share their animal crackers!) INSPIRING ME TO KILL EVERYBODY IN MY MIDST. That and I genuinely enjoy reading. Being in an airport or on a long bus or train ride is just about the only time I have in my adult life to just sit and read for hours on end. I gotta admit I like it.
A pair of headphones can help block out the racket, but it cannot bring me to my zen and happy place the way a book can. But books are heavy and once you have read them they are just dead space in your luggage. What’s a voracious reader to do? Invest in audiobooks.
I’m not ready to go 100% digital yet… you won’t see me getting a kindle anytime soon. To me there is just something simple and satisfying about a book and something sad and soulless about being perpetually strapped into an electronic device…. even if you are listening to Shakespeare on it. I like the cheap portability of a book. A book never runs out of batteries. I can support my local independent business when I buy books, instead of supporting itunes or Amazon. And I hate the idea that someday everyone will need a kindle or an ipod to read or listen to books, so reading may become a pastime for only those who can afford gadgets and not the rest of us. Paperbacks, dying instruments in a larger class-war? Or just an old fashioned waste of paper?
Anyway, I digress. I will be downloading at least two audiobooks for my trip. Suggestions, Kiddies?