Instead, I will be reading...
Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson (for which I couldn't find a good picture)
The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan
I'm expecting it to be kind of stupid, but I've heard good things about it and it sounds fun anyway.
and then I'm trying to decide whether to lug around my hardcover copy of Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel or pick up Lost City Radio by Daniel Alarcon.
Lost City Radio is about a subversive radio station during the dictatorship of a fictional South American country (but loosely based on Argentina and Chile). It's right up my alley, but...
Bring Up the Bodies is the second book in a series by Hilary Mantel. I read the first one and loved it, so I can be sure that this one won't disappoint me. Both books are hardcover, but Bring Up the Bodies is a little bigger.
I am aware that I wouldn't have any of these problems if I had an e-reader. I could just download whatever books I want right now and never worry about them being sold out, checked out, or too big for my bag. I just refuse to get one. I like the feel (and smell) of a real book and the experience of going to the library or book store to go get it. My life would probably be a lot easier if I just cave in and get a Kindle though. For now, I'm being stubborn.
Travel music is a little easier. I have a feeling I'll be listening to a lot of Renato Carosone, even though he's from the wrong region of Italy...
Of course, there's always my old reliable Lonely Planet travel guides. I can't go anywhere without one.