Nepal Book List

I used to be a voracious reader as a child.  These days, while I still try and read a fair bit, it does tend to be mostly technical in nature (I categorically deny that this makes me sad), and even that of late has been neglected while I try and cram in everything else I want to do.

There is a lot of free time on the trail: most days you start pretty early and are usually at the destination for an early lunch, or around 2 or 3 at the latest.  Dinner is about 6:30, often by head-torch (most electricity is solar past a certain altitude), and you're in bed by about 8:30.  By way of comparison, at home I tend to aim for dinner about 8:30, end up actually eating any time between 9 and 10, and rarely get to bed much before midnight (unfortunately, my rising time isn't that different -- some may say I should sleep more).

At any rate, I had a lot of free time in Nepal, and resolved to spend it reading: the main target was "Godel, Escher, Bach", which I started some time ago but eventually abandoned.  This was mostly because I didn't start reading until I got to bed -- see above for what time this is -- then read for a few minutes, wake up and peel the book or paper off my face, and turn the light out.  This is a book which requires some serious concentration, and that strategy was never going to work.

So, for anyone who is curious, here is what I got through in that month (in order):

I think that's it; I have a nagging feeling that I've left one out...
Mark Hepburn 22 November 2010
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