What books do you read while traveling? I usually choose mine in a way that the bride organizes her “something old, something new” accessories.So: One of the modern books I’ve saved as a reward — this summer it’s Jennifer Egan’s “Candy House”One book I intended to read but haven’t got yet — probably Shirley Hazzard’s “Transit of Venus”.

Also: One absorption thriller. And one old friend of comfort, often a book for kids like “Charlotte’s Web” and “The Golden Compass”. And I pick up my Kindle. This is not interesting as a literary delivery mechanism, but it has the advantage of putting the world’s libraries at your fingertips.

If done right, you’ll want to get off the plane, get hooked on the book, and continue reading at customs. Then continue while waiting for your luggage and help later settle down at the hotel. Before going to bed.

And this brings me back to my second favorite reading and travel memories after my young car trip. I had just graduated from college in June 1985. I didn’t have a job and I didn’t have the chance yet. I wasn’t feeling well as I was preparing to embark on an innovative Eurail adventure in Europe.

I booked a cheap seat on a full overnight flight to Paris, and was too worried and couldn’t sleep. The book I brought with you, “The Case of Mrs. Paradyne,” is Robert Hitchens’s 1933 story about a finely married London varistor who falls in love with a client, a woman accused of poisoning her husband. It overturns the legal thriller. By most objective standards, it is not a good literary work. It’s a great story. (Hitchcock later became a movie starring Gregory Peck.)

I was crazy about the opening line. I came out in a big square hall with a huge fire burning in a large hearth. It was full of pointillistic depictions, high drama and intense emotions, which was perfect for my enthusiastic mood. The next morning, when I was reading “And She Was” by Talking Heads on my Walkman, I was exhausted and excited. The perfect way to embark on a vacation to the unknown.