Things get pretty quiet around here at night and we've had ample time for one of my favorite pastimes: summer reading! Even though it's the same as reading any other time of the year there's something nice about making a list of books I want to tackle in the summer. Up until a week before I departed I had planned to bring six hefty books to get me through the summer, but as the pile of items to bring with me ballooned to an unreasonable size, I had to re-think things.
Driven by anxiety about not being able to carry enough books, I bought a Kindle. As a bibliophile I had an incredibly guilty conscious as I hit the purchase button. I have to say it hasn't been that bad though. I finished my first book on it last week (Erik Larsen's In the Garden of Beasts - verdict: not as good as DITWC but still interesting) and am on to my next one (Randy Shilts' And the Band Played On - very appropriate for working at an HIV research center this summer). I don't think it will be a permanent switch though. Despite John's insistence that I buy no more bookshelves, I'll be back to my book buying and collecting ways back in Brooklyn. For now I'll pretend I'm one of these people relaxing with a real book. Like President Obama I want to tackle Team of Rivals soon. Very annoyingly the Kindle addition is more expensive than a paperback version. What gives?