Monday, December 9, 2013

How to travel like a bookworm!

This week, I'm leaving for a monthlong trip-of-a-lifetime to Australia. And though I'll be doing amazing (I-seriously-can't-even-believe-it-will-be-real-AMAZING) things like ziplining in the rainforest, camping in the Outback, scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef, and kayaking with seals, I can't forget my first love — books!

When you're packing a month of your life into this bag...
(the Osprey Farpoint 70, to be precise)

... you have limited space. So the books I'm bringing along will all be on my iPad. It's not the best e-reader, but the Overdrive app is my savior. Thanks to my local library system, I have unlimited, free e-books and audiobooks to choose from during my 30 hours of travel. (And we can't forget the 30 hours it'll take to get home ... and the two mid-trip flights! Lots and lots and lots of reading time.)

This is my TBR "pile" so far! Pretty awesome, right?

I also didn't want to take up valuable suitcase space by bringing books because I'll definitely be buying some Australian YA titles! I'm so excited to be visiting The Little Bookroom in Melbourne, Australia's oldest children's bookstore. And I'll also be visiting indies in Sydney!
(When my husband found out that our hostel is literally around the corner from The Little Bookroom, he just shook his head and said, "We'll be shipping a box of books home, won't we?")

I've started a collection of international Harry Potter paperbacks, and so far I have Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone from London and a French version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets from Montreal. This trip, I'll be buying an Australian Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and I'm hoping to find this version, which was marketed to adults!

So that's my plan! Leave a comment with any Australian YA recommendations — especially those not available in the U.S. — and let me know of any Aussie bookstores that are a must-visit!


  1. Have a fantastic time, Donna! I know you will. I'm soooo jealous. That's my dream; to go to Australia. The only Aussie YA I've read recently is JELLICOE ROAD (which they call ON THE JELLICOE ROAD). I also loved THE BRIDES OF ROLLROCK ISLAND, which I read a year ago.

  2. All the best dear , hope you enjoy your holidays.

  3. What a fun idea to collect international versions of your favorite series! I've read a UK and Canadian version of certain books, and it was cool to have a different cover for those titles :)

  4. Go see Natalie at Oscar and Friends bookstore in Double Bay (in Sydney) - She is a YA fanatic!


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