1. Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace
    Notoriously hard to finish at 1079 pages, I decided last year I'm trapping myself in Europe with only a few books to read so I have to finish them. This one is top priority. A good friend told me if anyone he knew was going to finish this brick, it'd be me. It's high standing compliment and I'm not going to let him down.
  2. 1Q84 - Haruki Murakami
    This one, also freakin huge, clocking in around 975 is another I've been wanting to read, following the same logic from earlier. If I can't bring a ton of books, I'll bring a few huge ones. I tear through Murakami books (The Windup Bird Chronicle, hanging at 606 I ate in about 5 days).
  3. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo / Julie Rose
    Again, I'm a major asshole bringing these books with me. But Les Mis, aside from the 2013 rendition, is apparently one of the most beautiful books. Example: Julie Rose, my translator, uses words like crepuscular (meaning, of twilight). I made sure I'm bringing the unabridged copy because if I were to finish the abridged copy without realizing it I think I would leap of a frickin bridge (and into a river ((sorry)))
  4. The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexander Dumas
    I've been wanting to read this one for about three years, and what better place to read it than Europe?!
  5. Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes
    I know I know shoot me already. I'm an asshat and that's that. But really- the Netherlands is the land of windmills. How could I not at least bring this baby?
  6. The Wind Up Bird Chronicle- Haruki Murakami
    This is probably my favorite book in the world, so of course it's coming with me. Also, it's proving to be a great inspiration for my writing and I hope to write a good chunk of my novel while abroad.
  7. I know, I'm ambitious
    And most would say annoying. But I have this issue where I can't just bring one book where I'm going. And I'm apparently doing something life changing and most of the books I have here are apparently life changing. It makes sense, right?