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!
Last month I focused on re-reading the new edition of the productivity classic “Getting Things Done” by David Allen. It’s the method I use since 2012 and recently I decided to implement the system on a new tool: Todoist. So, I felt the need to review the GTD concepts and re-reading the book brought me valuable new insights!
On the other hand, I added 8 books to my “future read” endless pile! Many of the tiles were cited in the GTD book, I couldn’t help it, sorry!
The “Read” list of September, 2016:
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-free Productivity by David Allen: It was my second read of this edition. I noticed that I have missed many things the first time through, and it really seemed like a whole new book. I learned a lot and I realized how many details I haven’t implemented on my own system because I was still so focused on the Ground and Projects level.
It’s time for the wrap-up of the month! And it was a good month, as reading matters go. We are at the 22nd week of 2016 and I’ve finished reading 4 books: 2 non-fiction and 2 fiction. So here goes my list:
168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam: it tries to be a guide on how to use more effectively our available 168 hours in a week. But the author’s suggestions didn’t resonate with my personal life style. She gives too much emphasis on wealthy married women with children.
The Magpie Lord (A Charm of Magpies, #1) by K.J. Charles: this was one of those quick and fun reads: a truly guilty pleasure. It was a pick from the “Vaginal Fantasy” book club and it the kind of romance I would never choose if I wasn’t a member of the club. That’s one cool thing about book clubs: we are exposed to new and interesting books.
The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins: this book was mentioned in a Podcast I listened recently and I don’t know how I haven’t read it yet. It is a criticism of religion and discusses how we humans created delusions to believe in gods.
The “I am still reading but haven’t finished yet” pile of May, 2016:
Les Catilinairesby Amélie Nothomb: this is becoming embarrassing… I actually didn’t dedicate any time this month to read French literature. But this book still rests on my Kindle and I’ll give it more attention in June.
So that wraps-up this month. I read a total of 984 pages divided into 4 short books. The average book length was 246 pages. So, yeah, that’s short. My goal for June is to read at least 3 books.
And what is next?
I have a plan! For the first time this year (yay!) I’ve already decided the books I intend to read next. The criteria: these books are currently on my Kindle (I’ve already purchased them). They are:
The Practicing Mind: Developing Focus and Discipline in Your Life by Thomas M. Sterner
There goes the second month of 2016, 09 weeks have passed, and I am happy with my reading habits. I did finish some unfinished books from last year, so that resulted in a high number of books read. But, I also added new books to my never ending “to-read” pile…
The “To-Read” pile of February, 2016:
In February I added a total of 09 books to my “to-read” pile. They are:
L’île mystérieusebyJules Verne => I chose this book as my French reading practice this month, but I am already regretting it. It’s a very long book, and the pace is too slow for my taste, although I love Julio Verne. Maybe I’ll leave it and change to another one…just saying…
And, since March has already started, a quick update: I started reading “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth” by canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield. I’m just loving it!