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:
- The books must be purely for entertainment purposes; no nutritional value
- 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.
- 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.