It's the vacation time of year, and consequently, time to choose which books come with me. I will be away from home for a good two weeks. If I packed 5 books (plus my just-in-case-Kindle) for a 4 day trip, then how many should I pack for a 14+ day trip? Admittedly, I only read 3 of those books on that 4 day trip, but my question remains. How many? Which ones?
This may be my big opportunity to get some reading done (we'll see) which means I want to consider my 2010 goals (including my Summer Slimdown). I wanted to read some C. S. Lewis nonfiction this year, as well as some Charles Dickens, so maybe I'll bring Mere Christianity and A Tale of Two Cities. I also wanted to read another Pulitzer, so maybe I'll bring The Grapes of Wrath, or The Good Earth. There's always the ARC and pre-reading books for my son for school, and I've really been wanting to read A Room With a View. Those (plus my just-in-case-Kindle) should be good, yeah? All of these books are on my TBR shelf, which is a handy bonus.
I'm really bad at estimating. Whether it is how many books to bring, how many people at the concert, or how tall my ceilings are. I need a reference to figure it out logically; pure raw estimating just doesn't work for me. How do you decide how many books to bring? How are your estimating skills? Do you get weird looks when you load crates of books into your car along with your luggage? (or am I alone in that embarrassment?)