In the past couple of weeks some of the hardest choices I’ve made have been the books that I’ll be taking with me to college. The number of books I took are limited because 1) it’s a dorm room so there’s not much space 2) I’ve been assigned to a forced triple (where three people have been crammed into a traditional double) 3) all the books that I decided to take have to fit in my suitcases since I flew in instead of driving.
Thus the culling began. What books could go with me and which ones didn’t make the cut. Because there isn’t much space in the dorm, every single book I took had to have a solid reasoning. So decided the best way to do it was to take books that I knew I would end up reading over the past couple of months or I knew I would definitely reread. Now without further ado, these are the books that made the cut.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. TolkienThe Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
I first read the hobbit when I was in elementary school but it’s been ages and I remember nothing. I’ve been meaning to read the Lord of the Rings series forever and since this is part of the limited number of books I brought, I’m betting that’ll force me to finally get back in and finish the series.
The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time #1) by Robert Jordan
Whenever I ask for an epic fantasy recommendation this series is always on the top of the list but whenever I head to the library or the bookstore they never had the first book in stock but the day before I left I went by the bookstore and this was the last copy and I obviously had to get it and it had to come along with me.
Obsidio (Illuminae Files #3) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
I’ve been meaning to read this since it came out and finally got around to picking it up. This was my airplane read and boy was it amazing. I’m sure the people sitting next to me thought I was crazy because I legit gasped out loud so many times and started crying at one point. I’ll definitely be doing a review for this soon.
Outlander (Outlander #1) by Diana Gabaldon
I love this series, and always re-read the first book whenever I’m feeling down because it just makes me feel so good.
A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Outlander #6) by Diana Gabaldon
This was my backup book in case I finished Obsidio (which I did). I’m enjoying it so far and will probably continue to chip away at it for awhile.
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
These these three books didn’t take up much space and also as an English major I’m assuming Ill need to read them at some point for class so it’ll be good to have them handy.
The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law
This was always useful to have on hand when I was editor of my high school paper and since I want to join my college news staff I thought it would be worth taking along.
Books I’ve Acquired
Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
This book is “summer reading” for my school. I got it at my orientation session which was the last one (so I could just stay on campus instead of having to fly out twice.). It’s our convocation book so I’ll have to get that one read by Sept 6th.
Assassin’s Apprentice (The Farseer Trilogy #1) by Robin Hobb
I’ve only been here for a week and I’ve already been to the bookstore (besides the school one for textbooks). I moved in early so when my roommates were moving in I was just getting in the way so I decided to head to a Barnes and Noble and waste away some time there. This is another book that been heavily recommended to me, so I decided to pick it up and start reading there. I’m about 200 pages in and I love it already.
What books do you always take with you when traveling?