As noted, time spent on vacation in Maine tends to approximate time spent reading. Though I brought along a whole backpack full of books relating to my MA revisions and my PAship, I ended up doing a lot of non-required reading. The (rather eclectic) list — including some more recent stuff — is as follows:
- Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
- Practical Matter: Newton’s Science in the Service of Industry and Empire, 1687-1851 by Margaret C. Jacob and Larry Stewart
- Science: The False Messiah by C. E. Ayres
- A Caribbean Mystery by Agatha Christie
- Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
- Rummies by Peter Benchley
- Parts of The Love of the Last Tycoon by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- A Figure in Hiding by F. W. Dixon
- Laughter in the Dark by Vladimir Nabokov
- The Secret of Red Gate Farm by Carolyn Keene
- The Secret Panel by F. W. Dixon
- The House on the Cliff by F. W. Dixon
- Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
As you can see, at the end there it got pretty children’s-book-heavy, with an emphasis on the Hardy Boys (due to their suitability to in-the-bath and before-bed reading, as well as to summer vacation on the east coast, and no minor urging from the Erickson boys, mostly taking the form of repeated references to the characters from A Figure in Hiding).
I’m hoping — once I get a little more of my real work done, of course — to write more about some of these. Consider this a teaser until then.