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.


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