Until March 9, 2013, I’ll be at sea. I love that phrase. At sea. For this expedition, we’re leaving from Jamaica, returning to Antigua, and spending several days on a research program separate from ours. I have a lot of travel and a little downtime to look forward to. When I started going to sea almost a decade ago, this meant that I carried a couple books and dozens of research papers, and traded them around with the rest of the science team, the crew, and the ship’s library.
Now, thanks to kindles and other e-readers, I can carry entire libraries with me, loading them up with all the books I want to read and stockpiling thousands of research papers. This. Is. Awesome.
So, if you find yourself with a kindle and a long stretch of travel time, consider checking out some of my favorite ebooks. I’ve read all of these over the last year and they all look great on an e-reader. This reading list should keep you occupied during the quieter moments of your travels.
- John McAfee’s Last Stand
- Here Be Monsters… 50 Days Adrift At Sea
- Jellyfish Dreams
- Three Cups of Deceit: How Greg Mortenson, Humanitarian Hero, Lost His Way
Science and Conservation
- Visit Sunny Chernobyl: And Other Adventures in the World’s Most Polluted Places
- Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
- Rat Island: Predators in Paradise and the World’s Greatest Wildlife Rescue
- Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food
- An Unnatural History of the Sea
- Old Man’s War Trilogy – Old Man’s War, The Ghost Brigades, The Last Colony
- Year Zero: A Novel
- The Sigil Trilogy – Siege of the Stars, Scourge of the Stars, Rage of the Stars
- The Oblivion Society
Social and Political
- Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age
- From Modern Production to Imagined Primitive: The Social World of Coffee from Papua New Guinea
Feel free to recommend your favorite ebooks in the comments below.