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My Literary Packing List

This week I am off for some holiday travel! My hubby and I will be spending the holidays in England with his family this year. We’ll be taking a short side trip to Belgium for New Year’s Eve where I plan to stuff my face with Belgian chocolate, waffles, and beer before committing to my 2015 resolution to eat healthier, but most of our time will be spent relaxing at home with family. I’ve converted my dollars to pounds and packed my passport so now I can turn my attention to the most important section of my packing list: books. I tried a few years ago to convert to an e-reader so I didn’t have to be so selective about the books I bring with me when I travel, but I just didn’t enjoy the experience as much. So before each trip, I labor over the list of titles that will find space in my suitcase and carry-on bag. This year I’ve narrowed it down to five finalists. Drum roll, please!

Brown Girl Dreaming

1. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

I just got an email from the NYPL this morning letting me know that my hold request on this title had come in and I was free to pick up the book at my local branch. Knowing this, there was no way this wasn’t going to make my must-pack list. With all the buzz surrounding this title, I definitely wanted to check this off my to-read list before award season in January. I have a strong suspicion there are more shiny stickers in this title’s future.


My True Love Gave to Me2. My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins

Never was there a more perfect holiday read than this book! Shout out to Emily White, my counterpart in adult marketing at Macmillan, for snagging me a copy of this gem. Twelve holiday stories written by some of my favorite authors such as Myra McEntire, Gayle Forman, Laini Taylor, and more, this practically begs to be read by the light of a Christmas tree.



Save The Date3. Save the Date: The Occasional Mortification of a Serial Wedding Guest by Jen Doll
I don’t often get the chance these days to read many “adult books,” but this one caught my eye while searching around on Pinterest and I have been wanting to read it ever since. I love quick, sarcastic humor and considering it feels like I’ve been to a wedding every other weekend for the last two years I have a feeling I will be able to really relate to some of Jen’s crazy wedding stories.


The Heart of Betrayal4. The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson
One of the biggest perks of working in publishing is getting to read books by your favorite authors before they come out. I have been a huge fan of Mary E. Pearson’s ever since The Adoration of Jenna Fox and I can’t wait to crack into The Heart of Betrayal, the sequel to this year’s The Kiss of Deception and book two in the Remnant Chronicles. Not out until July 2015 this book has everything—love, sacrifice, magic, and royal intrigue. Perfect vacation reading!



5. You Tell Me!
I always reserve one spot in my carry-on bag for a yet-to-be-determined title. It’s a tradition of mine to spend some time in the airport bookstore before taking off and to purchase a new book on the spot to read on the plane ride. I usually try to pick something completely new that isn’t already on my radar just to keep things interesting.

What do you think, Swoon Readers? What should my airport pick be?

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Katie H.

School and Library Marketing Manager. Lover of Jane Austen and all things paranormal and supernatural!

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