EDITED to reflect the books I plan on reading after correcting the error I made on the game board that Ani's Book Abyss thankfully pointed out to me.
I have options. I get angsty if I don't have a wide choice of books when I travel, so I've chosen more than one for each category, allowing me to pick according to my mood.
For the first square, A book set in Africa or Asia, or a book with an exotic animal on the cover I have three options:
I'm not sure animals get more exotic than the Platypus and after getting to swim and play with one last year, I'm besotted with them. This book might be the driest of the bunch though, so if it fails to hold my holiday brain's attention I also have Darjeeling: A History of the World's Greatest Tea which is set in India and fits for Asia. But just in case I'm feeling the need for something else again, I have My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs; dinosaurs certainly qualify as exotic animals don't you think? And it's supposed to be a humorous as well as educational, read.
To offset the non-fiction spree I have going on above, for my free space I've chosen two chick-lit type reads
This is where I went wrong on the board - I should have rolled the dice to determine where I go from the Free Space: Water Works, Electric Company or Luxury Tax. I rolled an even number so I'm on Electric company. Finally! And one of my book selections for the Space space (which no longer applies) fits here, so I'm keeping it, but I'm also adding Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life by Helen Czerski in case the first doesn't hold my attention.
Old stuff that no longer applies: Now.... the dreaded SPACE space - Read a book with an image of space on the cover, that takes place in space, or whose author's name contains all the letters in SPACE.
If this is too loosy-goosy an interpretation of the rules, I do have a short story in my Vintage Mystery and Detective Stories Anthology, written by Hesketh Prichard called The Murder at the Duck Club.
Lastly but one I'm excited to get started on, for my home-away-from-home square, Space #8, Read a Mystery, or a book with a title that starts with the letters in CLUE.
After adjusting my rolls to compensate for the Electric Company space, I ended up needing a book about Lincoln and a book set on an island or with the ocean on the cover. My Lincoln read was easy as I've been waiting to land on this space so I could start Lincoln as I Knew Him: Gossip, Tributes, and Revelations from His Best Friends and Worst Enemies. The book set on an island stumped me momentarily until I spied This Rough Magic, which takes place on the island of Corfu (and has an ocean or sea on the cover).
I'm doing the buddy read with Moonlight Reader that starts on the Wednesday (June 14th) but I'll do it outside of BookLikes-opoly. If anyone would like to join us in a read of The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart, I hope will; it's a classic mystery with a surprising amount of humour. I'm really looking forward to it.
I'm not, however, looking forward to the weight of my carry on luggage. Luckily for MT, it has wheels. :)