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A Month Abroad: Which books to take?

The title is the best description of the problem I’m dealing with. Next week Saturday, the 24th, I’ll leave behind Germany and enter France for the four-week work experience arranged by my college.

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What this means is that I’ll live in France for a month and work full-time. It doesn’t sound that difficult, if you ignore the anxiety due to not being about speaking French essentially 24/7, living with someone I don’t know, and working with people I don’t know.

Okay, so maybe I’m a bit more nervous than I’d like to admit. That’s not the point of this post.

Obviously, I need to take things for entertainment (my laptop is so going with me), but the problem I have is choosing books.

I have so many things I need to drag with me. How do I decide if I should take books or not, and if I do, which ones and how many?

With all the clothes and other basic day-to-day things I’m taking, I can’t afford to drag along my entire bookcase. Sadly, I haven’t gotten myself a Kindle yet, or else this would solve itself. It’s on my list of things to buy after my trip.

It’s difficult to decide, if I take books, which to take. Should I take ones I know I love, so I can enjoy a relaxing read after a rough day at work? Or, should I take some of my unread books and risk venturing into the unknown?

I have all five books of Jenna Black‘s ‘Morgan Kingsley’ series, but have only read the first. Maybe I should take those?

I will shower those who offer advice with flowers and praise and eternal gratitude. Maybe I’m a worry-wart, but I don’t want to make the choice in what to take, as the amount I can take with me is limited.

Preparing for this trip is going to kill me.

What kind of books would you suggest taking, and how many? Have you had any experience with this kind of trip?