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.
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.
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.
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
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:
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.
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.
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!
Some Thoughts About Relationships by Colin Wright: I really enjoyed this one! It brings rational advice about love and relationships with a sensible touch.
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.
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!