I'm going on vacation Wednesday through Saturday. I plan to be busy most of the time, but will still need two books at minimum. If I bring a nonfiction, the other book should be fiction. I've also selected for trade and mass market paperbacks over hardcovers, since I'll be toting these all over Manhattan. I want something involving enough for a train ride, but not so involving I can't read it in small bits in between doing other things.
After all that--help me make a choice!
Books in the running:
Lindsey Davis, Time to Depart [next in the Falco mystery series]
Raymond Chandler, The High Window [next in my rereads of the Philip Marlowe mysteries]
Nicola Griffith, Stay [a noir mystery I've been saving since last May, second in a series]
Patrick O'Brian, The Hundred Days [I'm getting near the end of the Aubrey/Maturin books, sob]
Terry Pratchett, The Wee Free Men
Elizabeth Bear, Carnival
Gwyneth Jones, Life
Barbara Tuchman, Practicing History [nonfiction]
A.S. Byatt & Ignês Sodré, Imagining Characters: 6 Conversations About Women Writers [nonfiction]
These are short, so I'd need two of these to equal one of my choices:
Rosemary Sutcliff, Blue Remembered Hills [memoir]
Carla Kelly, Beau Crusoe [am torn between reading it on vacation and saving it longer]
Doris Lessing, The Fifth Child
One of the many World War One Tomes on my shelf.