31 July 2015

New Zealand Reading List

With less than 10 days until I jet off to New Zealand (it's finally down to single digits and I'm really getting excited) I thought I'd share with you my reading list. I have had to limit myself to a few books to get me through a 2 day flight. This was one tough decision because not only did I have to decide, from the mountain of books on my shelf as well as new ones that you wouldn't need to ask me twice to buy, how many to take but it was a question of what to take too. Here's what I've decided (but I don't know if a) these are good choices or, b) whether it is too much/too little)

Gone by Michael Grant (suggested by @KellyisaBlade)

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

I went for a real mix; a non-fiction because I can read that alongside anything as well as 2 YA novels (one contemporary romance, the other dystopian) and a new fantasy book I'm excited about. The idea behind this mix is that I should, in theory, be able to read all of these alongside each other if I'm genuinely too indecisive to just pick one book. In reality, I'll probably inhale Eleanor & Park, hopefully agonisingly love Gone and The Queen of the Tearling but be so outraged with myself for not bringing the sequels that I'll have to cry in to Amy Poehler's pages only to be inspired by her life and decide to make drastic changes to my own but because I'll be so jet-lagged (and hopefully in Kerkeri) I won't actually have to do anything. It sounds like a plan. 

To me, this doesn't feel like enough. But then at the same time it does feel like enough, if not too much. I know I'm supposed to do other things on a long flight, like sleep, but I really just want to read. We have to remember that my boyfriend is already over there and I made sure he took a bunch of books too so if I do happen to finish all these books I have some more to keep me entertained:

Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb

The Enemy by Charlie Higson

The Reason I Jump by David Mitchell

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

We decided some of these together (The 5th Wave, The Enemy & Assassin's Apprentice) because they are the start of some series we want to read. Again, only the first one was brought along so lets hope they aren't so addicting that I'll have a book hangover the whole time I'm there. The other couple I'm not as eager as Matthew is to read them, but they're there for me if I need them. And also, for the first time ever, I bought myself an audio book! Since a lot of our holiday will be occupied with driving from place to place, we decided to listen to The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins together as we cruise from Kerikeri to Waihi on to Matamata (for Hobbiton!!) then Rotorua to Waitomo and finally Auckland.

So these have to get me through a 40 hour journey to New Zealand (and then roughly the same back at the end) as well as 12 days, although for those I'll probably being doing fun holiday activities and only read on an evening but that does include a lot of car journeys which is a guaranteed 10 hours on the road, at the very least.

What do you think? Is this too many books? Too few? Also if you've read an of them let me know your thoughts, I look forward to reading a book if at least one other person is excited.


  1. I always bring too many books when I travel, but I get so scared I'll run out of things to read!! Hahah.

    1. That is my current fear! But I'm sure I'll be fine, right? I bet I don't even finish one

  2. I think that's a good amount of books give the flight time and days gone. Better the have to many than not enough I feel! Assassin's Apprentice is good; I haven't read it in years but it was so enjoyable! Can't wait to hear all about your NZ adventures!

    1. Awh thank you! Yeah I hope I've over compensated because I'd rather have too many books than too few :)

  3. How exciting! I have 39 days until I head to New Zealand. How weird that we are both going to have been at Hobbiton within 2 months of each other!! :D I really need to stop complaining about my 7 hour flight to NZ shouldn't I? 40 HOURS! That's crazy! I will probably only take one physical book with me (hopefully Armada by Ernest Cline if it shows up on time) and I will put a few ebooks on my phone just in case. I'm a slow reader, and with all the adventuring I will be doing I probably won't read much. I can't wait to see photos from your adventures :D

    1. I wish it was 7 hours for me, I am so scared about the travel! I don't expect I'll get through all of them because we've got lots planned but I'm overcompensating for sure! Plus it's another 40ish hours back I think (maybe less) :D I can't wait to see yours, I'll be comparing for sure :P