I In approximately one month from now, I will be on a container ship, cruising from Singapore to Istanbul. It is a trip that is supposed to take 21 days, depending on the schedule and hopefully no last-minute changes invalidate the premise of this article.
To prepare for 3 weeks of internet-free living and no distractions, I am trying to put together a list of 21 books to take with. Most of the books I have decided on so far have been on my to-read list for so long they are collecting e-dust. I know, I realistically will not have enough time to read all of these – even though I have been known to average a book every couple of days – but it’s nice to be prepared nevertheless. There is also something symbolic about having an option for every day!
There are more than 355 books marked as “want to read” on my Goodreads account. Here are some of the options so far.
- If Baele Street Could Talk – James Baldwin
- A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara
- Berling Trilogy – Jonathan Rabb
- It Ends With Us – Colleen Hoover
- A Gentleman in Moscow – Amor Towles
- America’s First Daughter – Stephanie Dray, Laura Kamoie
- The Woman in Cabin 10 – Ruth Ware
- The Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton
- Look Homeward, Angel – Thomas Wolfe
- What Makes Summy, Run? – Budd Schulberg
- A Death in The Family – James Agee
- When You Are Engulfed in Flames – David Sedaris
- Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances Neil Gaiman
- Daring Greatly – Brené Brown
- The Radium Girls – Kate Moore
- We Were Eight Years in Power – Ta-Nehisi Coates
- At Home in the World: Reflections on Belonging While Wandering The World – Tsh Oxenreider
- When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi
Have you got another suggestion, please share? The Short Stories section is looking a bit small!