Winter break is looming large; on Saturday my computer will be off, my website will be down, and I will be on a train to Texas to spend time with Frederick as he finishes up his finals. I'll have a cool 22 hours to digest a book I picked up on Sunday: Ruby on Rails: Up and Running. It's an O'Reilly book, a brand which nigh guarantees superior quality in my experience.
Update - I'm going to take a few other books with me, since I would love to raise my reading speed back up to several books a week. Plus, my writing skills are suffering because I don't read enough.
In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick. The true story of the whaling ship Essex, the Titanic-like disaster of 1819.
Alibi by Joseph Kanon. A murder mystery set in post-WWII Venice.
The United States of Europe by T.R. Reid. A political and economic look at the European Union's formation and the implications for those of us living across the pond from it.
*[WWII]: World War II