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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Soapboxing: Which books would you take when you move?

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I haven't written a Soapboxing post in a while because my life has been a bit hectic since December, in the best possible ways. I went to Australia for Christmas to see my brother, got back to Canada mid-January to defend my PhD dissertation, and then promptly moved to England for a job in my field of study. I've been in the UK since February 10 and I finally feel like I'm settling into a routine, which means I finally have time to write posts again! And it's quite convenient since all of this travel has given me an easy topic for this month:


 How do you decide what books to take with you when you're moving by plane?

All I have to say is, thank goodness for e-books! When I went to England from Canada for a year in university, it was absolute agony to choose what to take in my two suitcases. I ended up bringing far too many books; at the same time, it was far too few since I burned through them in no time.

This time, my move to England is more permanent as I have a contract for an 18-month position. I brought only one paper book: CAST IN SORROW by Michelle Sagara. This was largely because I needed something to read on the plane and I find her work absolutely captivating. Funnily enough, I ended up sleeping most of the way over so it's actually sitting untouched on my nightstand (I've been reading all of my eARCs) but it's very comforting to have a real book on hand. I really miss my books. I miss reading them, I miss seeing them on my shelves, I miss getting my books in the mail. I'm particularly dying to re-read Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels series, Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid Chronicles, and everything by Seanan McGuire, something I do almost every year.

Thanks to my e-reader, packing was a little bit easier than it could have been, in this respect. Without my e-reader, packing would have been more challenging since I would have had to sacrifice some of the space in my two precious suitcases to satisfying my reading needs. (I will likely end up purchasing some of my favourites as e-books, which may lead to an obscene purchasing spree once I get paid. That or I'll bring a bunch of them back with me the next time I'm in St. John's.) In any case, I definitely have some favourite books (which you can see in my Top Ten Tuesday post from this week) that I wish I'd packed and that I'll either be bringing back or re-purchasing but at least I have some of my favourites, like Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate for when I'm in the mood to re-read a favourite.

What books would you take with you? Are you as grateful as I am for e-books?

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Tynga is a 32 years old mom of two, from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and photography.

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  1. Everything! I'd load up every book I could grab onto my iPod and then take around 10 physical books on top of that. I have some old battered favourites wandering around and whenever I go on holiday, they go with me. They're kind of like a comfort blanket.

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  2. I am totally grateful for my ereader. I loved across the country last summer, and only took 1 box of books: the few series I loved, and a few to-read books that I really wanted to get to. Everything else was left behind.

  3. How painful was that? I had to leave behind so many books, even though I donated and sold a bunch. It just about killed me! :) Thanks for commenting.

  4. Yeah, I wish I'd brought a few more physical books in retrospect. I agree, definitely a comfort blanket.

  5. It was so painful. But I gave all the books I couldn't take to a family owned used bookstore, and I know they will find good homes.

  6. Nice! I couldn't bring myself to get rid of all of my books so they're in a nice climate-controlled locker for now. I will likely ship them to my parents' place soon (for free storage) until I figure out where I will be living.

  7. Oh I wouldnt know how to choose. I have a couple of favorite authors and I couldnt pick only one. So yes I am extremely glad for my ereader. Especially in this time of breastfeeding at night lol. I hadnt read since I gave birth but I started Night Broken yesterday and I'm already half way into, only reading while breastfeeding last night ahaha

  8. E-readers are priceless when it comes to moving around. I think I would miss my paper book library terribly though. I have a lot of extended family in Newfoundland. I'm originally from New Brunswick. You've been doing some major traveling from the rock!

  9. OH MY! Thank goodness I didn't just move by plane. I just moved 6 bookshelves worth of books. I just don't think I can part with my lovelies. But if I had to move by plane I would really have to sell them all except for maybe a beloved few series and autographed books. Wow, what a painful question heh.