Unless I drop one to save weight, I'll have:
1) Ian MacDonald, Revolution in the Head: The Beatles' Records and the Sixties [for the airplane on the way out],
2) Alistair Horne, A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954-1962 [Iraq War avant la lettre],
3) Joe Keenan, My Lucky Star [supposed to be a Wodehousean Hollywood novel],
4) Adam Tooze, The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy [not your typical beach read, but highly recommended here & there],
5) Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle [spouse-recommended memoir],
6) Rick Perlstein, Nixonland [hope it's not too depressing and is analytical not too shrill],
The weight of these is enough to make one think wistfully about the Amazon Kindle. But if I need more there's always the Borders on Orchard Road out there.