One reason staying in Cayman is surprisingly frugal for me is that it prevents me from ordering things online: it takes forever for stuff to get shipped here, shipping costs are huge and customs duty must be paid on anything that comes in (books excluded, fortunately).
But I was finding myself in need of some retail therapy today, and have ordered some things to be sent to my New York apartment for retrieval in September: a down jacket on sale at Patagonia, which is immaterial for Light Reading purposes but may speak to fantasies of winter, and a great set of books and 'stuff' from Amazon. The latter set of stuff counts as a birthday present from my mother and my brother and sister-in-law, who sensibly sent me Amazon gift certificates when I couldn't suggest actual presents for my birthday!
The glorious list (it accumulated by way of me adding things piecemeal to the shopping cart over the last month or so, but I think it gives a good profile in miniature):
"The Fabric of Reality: The Science of Parallel Universes and Its Implications"
(This one's more or less self-explanatory: Brent and I were talking about David Deutsch, and I realized that really I might want to read his book)
"Field Notes on Science and Nature"
Michael R. Canfield
(Saw an image from this one a few weeks ago online and realized it was a book I had to have)
"Dover Solo: Swimming The English Channel"
(Self-explanatory! I am not a fast enough swimmer, unfortunately, to undertake something as epic as the Channel swim - you have to start with considerably higher baseline speeds in order for it to be realistic. Not that I am not tempted...)
"Lobster: A Global History (Reaktion Books - Edible)"
(Do not like lobster for eating purposes, but could not resist this book's title and the beautifully designed cover!)
"The Delighted States: A Book of Novels, Romances, & Their Unknown Translators, Containing Ten Languages, Set on Four Continents, & Accompanied by ... Illustrations, & a Variety of Helpful Indexes"
(Curious to see whether this might cast any light for me on what I want to do with the ABCs of the novel book)
"Humiliation (Big Ideas//Small Books)"
(Can't wait for this one - also, I like the idea of writing something for the big ideas/small books series...)
"Marpac 980A Sound Screen Sleep Conditioner White Noise Generator Dual Speed"
(The upshot of reading Farhad Manjoo's piece about sleep noise-canceling devices)
(Gary is one of the most interesting people I know, but I have never read any of his comics - this should be remedied...)
(...and also perhaps it is worth seeing what others have to say about the stuff Gary makes.)
"City of Diamond"
(Same author as "Doris Egan," and another recommendation from Jo Walton: pretty much convinced that this will be more perfect light reading.)