Packing for a Year in Greece: Entertainment

Based on this blog, it should be obvious that I take entertainment very seriously.  Ingesting stories is how I grow and/or stay alive.  So when it comes to preparing to move to Greece, the majority of my planning has revolved around books and media.

The one problem?  I have to pack a year’s worth of possessions into two suitcases and a backpack.  While I would LIKE to take two suitcases full of books, even I know that is impractical.  So I’ve improvised.  

My family went travel-happy on my Christmas gifts this year, so I am now the proud owner of a 6″ Kindle.  I have built up my collection of ebooks (have you used BookBub?  You should use BookBub).  I also looked into my library policy, and it seems as though I should be able to check out ebooks and audiobooks overseas!  Score!

Still, I have to have SOME physical copies of books.  I’m taking some old favorites and some unread possibilities I feel good about.  Looking at them now, I realize I’ve chosen books that make me feel ALL THE FEELS, whether through faith, travel, or fiction.


  • The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, and The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Neither Here Nor There by Bill Bryson
  • Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow (after I took this picture, I bought this on Kindle instead.  IT’S BIG AND HEAVY)
  • The Faith of the Outsider by Frank Spina
  • Gospel by J.D. Greer
  • Love’s Executioner by Irvin Yalom
  • Strong Women Soft Hearts by Paula Reinhart
  • A Traveller’s History of Greece by T. Boatswain and C. Nicolson

As for movies and TV?  Unfortunately, Netflix will not work in Greece (apparently there is a way around this, but everything I’ve seen looks like it costs money, and I’d rather not).  I intend to lean pretty heavily upon YouTube and googling “watch This Movie online free.”  I’m also going to bring a small CD holder with 24 of my favorite movies stuffed inside.


  • Anna Karenina
  • The Avengers
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Becoming Jane
  • Big Fish
  • Clue
  • The Fall
  • The Island
  • A Knight’s Tale
  • Little Miss Sunshine
  • The Man in the Iron Mask
  • Meet Joe Black
  • The Moon-Spinners
  • Moulin Rouge
  • Mr. and Mrs. Smith
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
  • Peter Pan
  • Romeo + Juliet
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Slumdog Millionaire
  • Stardust
  • Troy
  • The Truman Show

I feel pretty good about my collection!  It won’t last me a whole year, but it’ll last me until someone comes to visit and I beg them to include some new DVDs and books.


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