What I read in October 2019

  1. Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World, #1) by Rebecca Roanhorse: Native American mythology meets urban fantasy with climate sci-fi. It gives a new twist to urban fantasy, where usually the fantastical beings are fairies, vampires or werewolves. This book brings monsters slayers and Navajo people clan powers in a post-climate change world.
  2. Stand Out of Our Light: Freedom and Resistance in the Attention Economy by  James Williams: A reflection on our technology and how the attention economy is do omnipresent today.
  3. Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked by Adam Alter: Good analysis of how some new technologies are addictive. It discusses the concepts of addition and how cues that are used in gambling environments (like casinos) are used in various technologies today to keep us hooked. That goes from cliffhangers at the end of a TV show episode to little rewards in a video game to notifications on our mobile devices.
  4. The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies by Erik BrynjolfssonAndrew McAfee: An excellent account of the state of technology today and how it affects the work force. Full of new perspectives and ideas for the future.
  5. Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke: Classic sci-fi, so it’s full of ideas that can be dated back to the 50’s. What if an alien superpower reaches Earth? Will we fight them? Will they destroy us? I thought the humans were too complacent accepting the Overlords power. There were riots going on and opposing groups but they seemed irrevelant. This is basically a tale of how humans will disappear, eventually, lead by an alien super power.

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What I read in August 2019

What I read in August 2019

This was definitely a Graphic Novel month with Near-future politics, Grim-dark fantasy and a hint of Time Travel paradoxes.

  1. Infomocracy (The Centenal Cycle, #1) by Malka Ann Older : This one is very social-political with interesting ideas of a different flavor of democracy. More thoughts here.
  2. One Word Kill (Impossible Times, #1) by Mark Lawrence: Time travel and Dungeons and Dragons, what could go wrong? Crazy, fun, and imaginative. How to time travel without creating a paradox? It’s a trilogy, so I’ll definitely grab the next one.
  3. Saga, Vol. 6 (Saga (Collected Editions) #6) by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
  4. Saga, Vol. 7 (Saga (Collected Editions) #7) by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
  5. Saga, Vol. 8 (Saga (Collected Editions) #8) by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
  6. Saga, Vol. 9 (Saga (Collected Editions) #9) by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples: I finished reading this excellent series!!
  7. The Poppy War (The Poppy War #1) by R.F. Kuang: grim dark fantasy with war as a background. But the beginning of the book almost feels like a YA-Harry-Potter type of story. Until it isn’t.

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What I read in June 2019

What I read in June 2019
  1. Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig: a great audio book! A call to a quieter lifestyle and how to avoid the things that makes us nervous (without even realizing it). More thoughts here.
  2. Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay: beautiful writing, epic world building. Maybe a little bit too slow for my taste. More thoughts here.
  3. Goodbye, Things: On Minimalist Living by Fumio Sasaki: A Japanese view on minimalism. Inspiring reasons to adopt a minimalist lifestyle, even if you don’t want to be as extreme as the author.
  4. Saga, Vol. 3 (Saga (Collected Editions) #3) by Brian K. Vaughan (Writer), Fiona Staples (Artist): the Saga continues and I am on the wait list for Volume 4 at my library 🙂
  5. Blood, Sweat, and Pixels: The Triumphant, Turbulent Stories Behind How Video Games Are Made by Jason Schreier: This book gave me a new perspective on gaming and how passionate people dedicate endless hours on creating a game. Fascinating, specially if you play video games.

On my to-read pile for July:

  1. Vessel by Lisa A. Nichols
  2. Infomocracy (Centenal Cycle #1) by Malka Ann Older
  3. Exit Strategy (The Murderbot Diaries #4) by Martha Wells
  4. Conscious by Annaka Harris
  5. Homo Deus: A History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari

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My Reader Goals 2019

My good old Kindle

I challenged myself to read 52 books this year.
And I have a plan… 🧐

…Read more “Hell, Yeah!” books.

The past few years I was experimenting a lot and reading books I would not really pick up at first glance. And looking back I saw that my average rating for all the books I read was 3.9. I think that’s low. That means I didn’t read enough books that I thought were really exciting. I read lots of “meh” books.
You can see a list of all my read books here.

This year I want to read books that have been on my “to be read list” for some time because they are sequels to stories I already love.

Also, I was inspired by the Reading Glasses challenge (great podcast about Book Culture, BTW) and borrowed some of their ideas to my Reader Goals:

  • Read a graphic novel (or two…)
  • Read more of authors I already know and love
  • Read a book by a trans author
  • Listen to 1 audiobook per month (non-fiction)
  • Listen to 1 fiction audiobook [never tried it before!]
  • Read sequels of the Series I already love:
  • The Expanse by James S. A. Corey (#4 to #7)
  • Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells (#3)
  • Old Man’s War by John Scalzi (#2 to #6)
  • Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger (#2 to #5)
  • The Witcher by Andrzej Sapkowski
  • Start Reading The Dresden Files Series by Jim Butcher [never read it before! Wanna try!]
  • Read books I’ve already have purchased/pre-ordered:
  • The Armored Saint by Myke Cole
  • Paladin of Souls (World of the Five Gods #2) by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Changeless (Parasol Protectorate #2) by Gail Carriger
  • Enough by Patrick Rhone (Kindle Unlimited)
  • Drive by Daniel H. Pink
  • Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport [pre-ordered]
  • Team Human by Douglas Rushkoff [pre-ordered]
  • Blood, Sweat, and Pixels: The Triumphant, Turbulent Stories Behind How Video Games Are Made by Jason Schreier
  • Read some picks from The Sword and Laser Bookclub and Vaginal Fantasy Bookclub throughout the year, because they are awesome (love their podcast)!
  • Also read some picks from Vaginal Fantasy

I am sure I’ll keep adding titles to this list but I will try to consider this my priority list for 2019 😎

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What have I been reading? — June 2017 Edition

What have I been reading? — June 2017 Edition

It’s week 22 of 2017 and I looked back to see what I have been reading this year. Clearly I was hooked by the Outlander series because it’s sooo good! But I read a couple of thought-provoking titles too. Here goes my highlighted titles:

The “Read” list since January 2017:

  1. I Hate the Internet by Jarett Kobek: this was a fun book, full of dark sarcasm about the digital world but I am sure I didn’t understand half the jokes. It’s full of San Francisco references.
  2. Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet by Andrew Blum: I’ve been curious to read this book for years. It’s interesting half way through and then it becomes too long. The author likes to describe everything in detail, but apart from that, it was nice to understand the physical aspects of the Internet.
  3. Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander #2) by Diana Gabaldon: one of my favorites books so far! Check my thoughts about it here.
  4. Voyager (Outlander #3) by Diana Gabaldon: another one that goes to my favorites lists. This book is different from the previous one. It has more action, travel and … pirates!
  5. Some Thoughts About Relationships by Colin Wright: I really enjoyed this one! It brings rational advice about love and relationships with a sensible touch.
  6. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1) by Becky Chambers: I have mixed feeling about this one. It’s a “feel-good” light sci-fi heavily character driven. The theme is great, the world building is impressive but the plot was too loose for my taste. Highlight to the depiction of different sentient races living together, with cultural and biological differences.
  7. So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love by Cal Newport: This book makes an interesting argument: “Don’t follow your passion!”. It’s much better to master skills first and then that will lead you to a passionate career or life. It’s a good read!

And what is next?

I have these books on my radar for future reads:

  1. The 4 Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
  2. Change Your Brain, Change Your Life: The Breakthrough Program for Conquering Anxiety, Depression, Obsessiveness, Anger, and Impulsiveness by Daniel G. Amen
  3. Drums of Autumn (Outlander #4) by Diana Gabaldon

Happy reading!

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Reading matter(s) of the month: October, 2016

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Okay, time for the wrap-up of the month! It’s week 44 of 2016 and I’ve finished reading 3 non-fiction books. Here goes the list:

The “Read” list of September, 2016:

  1. The Cozy Life: Rediscover the Joy of the Simple Things Through the Danish Concept of Hygge by Pia Edberg: I saw this book being recommended in a group and I decided to give it a try. I wanted to know what “hygge” was and it was a nice fast read full of good vibes.
  2. Declutter Your Mind: How to Stop Worrying, Relieve Anxiety, and Eliminate Negative Thinking (Mindfulness Books Series Book 1) by S.J. Scott, Barrie Davenport: I am on a quest to understand anxiety and learn to be more relaxed. This book brings a compilation of various techniques to bring us more mindfulness.
  3. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: This book was written in 1990 and it felt so fresh! I finally understood the concept of “flow”. And the interesting thing is that flow is not so dependent on external factor but it is fully a consequence of our minds. It was an enlightening read!

The added “To-Read” list of September, 2016:

Yeah, I can’t myself and here goes more 6 titles to my “to-read” pile:

  1. The 80/20 Principle: The Secret to Achieving More with Less by Richard Koch: Another classic book. I’ve known the 80/20 principle for years but I have never read anything specific or deep about it. Here is my chance!
  2. The Happiness Trap: How To Stop Struggling And Start Living by Russ Harris, Steven C. Hayes: I don’t remember who suggested me this book but I heard it was a good one.
  3. Smart Thinking: Three Essential Keys to Solve Problems, Innovate, and Get Things Done by Art Markman: I am never tired of getting things done!
  4. How to Live a Good Life by Jonathan Fields: I spotted this title on some blog post about minimalism, I guess. It is a new release and the comments about it convinced me I should give it a try.
  5. Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life Is Your Hidden Strength by Laurie A. Helgoe: I’ve become more and more interested in introverts’ characteristics. I am introvert myself so this subject is fascinating to me.
  6. Grimspace (Sirantha Jax, #1) by Ann Aguirre: Sci-fi romance!

And what is next?

The 4 Hour Workweek” by Timothy Ferriss is still on my radar.

But I also will definitely read The Mindful Geek: Mindfulness Meditation for Secular Skeptics (Kindle Edition) by Michael Taft

And, for my French practice “Stupeur et tremblements by Amélie Nothomb is next.

See you next month! Happy reading!

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