Thursday, May 01, 2008


This week's Booking Through Thursday question:

Quick! It’s an emergency! You just got an urgent call about a family emergency and had to rush to the airport with barely time to grab your wallet and your passport. But now, you’re stuck at the airport with nothing to read. What do you do??

And, no, you did NOT have time to grab your book bag, or the book next to your bed. You were . . . grocery shopping when you got the call and have nothing with you but your wallet and your passport (which you fortuitously brought with you in case they asked for ID in the ethnic food aisle). This is hypothetical, remember….

Well...let's start with the never going to happen part of this scenario. I always have one, or sometimes two books in my handbag, so if I have my purse...I have a book. Also, our passports have expired and so it would have to be an emergency with 6 weeks notice!

Now that I have that out of the way, the other assumption that will be made is that I will have my child with me. So, once we get to the airport the first thing we have to do is to go and look at all the different planes, and try and work out which airline is which. Then we will have some wheedling and whining to go and get some airport food (is it just me or is airport food only marginally better than airplane food) and after that is the true shock of not having a book with me will kick in.

It's fair to say that I would definitely end up buying a book or two to read, because I seriously can not imagine having to catch a long flight without anything to read. I would check out the newsagent/bookshop, and even though it is highly likely that there would be nothing new to me there, I would still manage to find something to read. It may just mean that I end up feeling a little guilty for buying a book that if I had of been a bit more prepared I could have ended up reading a library book and therefore saved myself a little money!


  1. Oh, yes, I'd be shelling out the money in desperation! Can you just imagine a flight without a book?

  2. Once I slept through a whole flight! And I had two books with me!


    Here is my BTT post!

  3. So many airports have bookstores or newsstands these days that it's very easy to find something to read when it a tight spot. I might end up having to buy a duplicate book, but I would do what I must.

  4. The only thing that makes long flights even bearable is the reading time (unless you get stuck next to a blabbermouth)!

  5. I always have a book with me as well, but if for some terrible reason I didn't I would probably end up buying one at the airport.

  6. I never have my handbag without a book in it, ever. But I'd go crazy in the bookstore at the airport as well.. (after faffing about with my child, as he gets all excited about the airplanes)

  7. I'd have to resort to the airport book store too.

    From your earlier post, I love Kelley Armstrong!


  8. Keeping a child entertained will keep you busy!

  9. That's what I said! Trying to suspend reality was an issue for me! I ALWAYS have a book. LOL!

  10. I usually buy magazines at the airport, but for a really long flight I would buy a book. I'd probably pick something fluffy that I wouldn't normally read in the first place - a cheap trade paperback so it wouldn't cost too much.