So, what does a book-lover like me take on a month-long tour of (part of) England? Well, since I can't take my whole library.... Non-Fiction:
"The Meaning of Everything" and "The Professor and the Madman" by Simon Winchester, so I can say I've read at least a couple of things from the seminar's recommended reading list....
"London: The Biography" by Peter Ackroyd. I've been meaning to read this since Ackroyd was interviewed on NPR when the book first came out (in 2001), and since I'm spending a reasonable amount of time in London, it seemed appropriate.
"Notes from a Small Island" by Bill Bryson. I like Bryson's travel writing, so what else would I take but his book about touring the UK.
"Longitude" by Dava Sobel. John Harrison's story is one of the most interesting "stories of forgotten inventors" I've ever run across, and I'd like to read it again before going along to see Harrison's clocks in Greenwich.
"Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens. I'm somewhat ashamed to admit it, but I've never read this. (I was a science fiction and fantasy fan growing up. To me "the classics" were "Foundation" and "Lord of the Rings.") However, I'm attempting to fill in the gaps in my literary education, and this seemed like a good pick for this trip.
"The Color of Magic" and "The Light Fantastic" by Terry Pratchett. How could I not bring these great parodies of travel narrative along?
"Snow White and the Seven Samurai" by Tom Holt. I've never read anything of Holt's before, but I have a fondness for British Comic Genre Fiction (In addition to Pratchett, I'm also a fan of Douglas Adams and Jasper Fforde.) and this cross between "Mother Goose" and "The Matrix" sounds interesting. (Yes, I do have an... odd... sense of humor, why do you ask?)
Am I taking too much reading material?
But keep in mind I've got plane and train rides to deal with, and I'm sincerely hoping that if the reading is interesting enough, it will keep me from turning on the TV and becoming hopelessly addicted to BBC television....