Vacation books

With my vacation less than 83 days away, I have begun to consider what books I want to take along with me to read while I’m on the trip. To this end, and being a software developer by trade, I have developed a framework to help determine what books shall be brought and what books shall be left behind.

This is a three-pronged framework:

  1. The books must be purely for entertainment purposes; no nutritional value
  2. The books must be paperbacks because (a) I don’t want to lug hardcover books in my luggage and (b) paperbacks can be left for the crew after consumed.
  3. The books must be vacuous enough to be completed within a day or so.

Given this elaborate framework, here are some thoughts I have on what to bring:

A couple of a Agatha Christie novels, perferably Hercule Poirot mysteries.

A few golden-age era science fiction novels (some Arthur C. Clarke, Lester Del Rey, maybe some Cyril Kornbluth or Robert Heinlein.) These, alas, I won’t give away to the crew.

Anything by George Burns that I haven’t already read.

I’m open to other suggestions that fit within the above framework. Comment if you have any thoughts.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.