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What I read in January 2021

  1. Network Effect (The Murderbot Diaries, #5) by Martha Wells, 346p: Such a delight to be back inside the mind of this cyborg. Sarcastic but righteous, Murderbot is a fantastic character and we get to experience its thought process all the time. Status updates, Simultaneous parallel dialogues with humans and AI's, Performance Reliability Ratings. And also, how not to like ART, the transport ship AI that loves talking to human teenagers?
  2. The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline, 260p: Dystopian YA with Indigenous people protagonists in the area where today is Canada. It is a climate change dystopia focusing on this group of Indigenous people who are being hunted. After the climate change cataclysm people lost their ability to dream, but Indigenous people were still able to do it, so they are chased for it. It uses real world facts like the atrocities committed against the Indigenous population to basically remove children form their culture to make them assimilate the “Canadian” one (from around 1876 to 1970's). With this horrifying background and a devastated world the book is extremely emotional. It was a hard read at times with dark moments. But it is also hopeful showing the power of resilience and community.
  3. The Secret Lives of Introverts: Inside Our Hidden World by Jenn Granneman, 320p: Fun read. It is a very light read, a good introduction to the introvert temperament characteristics and how to cope with it.

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By Noisy Deadlines Minimalist in progress, nerdy, skeptic. I don't leave without my e-reader.

Happy New Year!

Every year I like to list books I plan on reading. It's a starting point, a list that I look at every month to pick what to read next. It's not meant to be a “must read” list, just suggestions for my future me.

This year I'm not being too ambitious. I want to slow down and savour the moment. No big goals really, just sailing in cruise control.

I mainly want to keep on reading the books I already own, so I will try to pick from the following list:

  1. Embrace Your Weird: Face Your Fears and Unleash Creativity by Felicia Day
  2. The Doors of Perception/Heaven and Hell by Aldous Huxley
  3. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink
  4. Network Effect (The Murderbot Diaries, #5) by Martha Wells
  5. Dragons of Winter Night Margaret Weis
  6. Extend Your Mind: Praxis Volume 2 by Tiago Forte
  7. Nemesis Games (The Expanse, #5) by James S.A. Corey
  8. A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers, #2) by Becky Chambers
  9. The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick by Mallory O'Meara
  10. Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed by Ben R. Rich
  11. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance | AUDIBLE
  12. LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media by P.W. Singer
  13. Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything by B.J. Fogg
  14. Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening by Joseph Goldstein
  15. How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed by Ray Kurzweil | AUDIBLE
  16. The Collapsing Empire (The Interdependency, #1) by John Scalzi
  17. Walkaway by Cory Doctorow
  18. Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold
  19. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
  20. The Ghost Brigades (Old Man's War, #2) by John Scalzi
  21. The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley
  22. The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
  23. The Secret Lives of Introverts: Inside Our Hidden World by Jenn Granneman
  24. To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism by Evgeny Morozov
  25. Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life by Winifred Gallagher
  26. How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them by Jason Stanley
  27. Let It Shine by Alyssa Cole
  28. Unveiled: How Western Liberals Empower Radical Islam by Yasmine Mohammed
  29. The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future by Ryder Carroll
  30. Conscious: A Brief Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of the Mind by Annaka Harris
  31. The Blade Itself (The First Law, #1) by Joe Abercrombie
  32. Before They Are Hanged (The First Law, #2) by Joe Abercrombie
  33. Silicon States: The Power and Politics of Big Tech and What It Means for Our Future by Lucie Greene
  34. An Extraordinary Union (The Loyal League #1) by Alyssa Cole
  35. Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
  36. Is This Anything? by Jerry Seinfeld

Books I want to buy next:

I have a few that are on my radar for me to acquire at some point: (mostly related to technology/digital information)

  1. A Survival Guide to the Misinformation Age: Scientific Habits of Mind by David J. Helfand
  2. Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O’Neil
  3. A World Without Email: Reimagining Work in an Age of Communication Overload by Cal Newport
  4. The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis by Christiana Figueres, Tom Rivett-Carnac

Take care in 2021!

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By Noisy Deadlines Minimalist in progress, nerdy, skeptic. I don't leave without my e-reader.

What I read in December 2020

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I set up an ambitious goal last year: to read 52 books. It's about a book per week. I made it in the end but I gotta say that reading the Saga graphic novel series helped a lot in terms of numbers!

I ended up reading 57 books in 2019, which was awesome!

Anyway, for 2020 I'm repeating the same goal: 52 books. I don't want to be too ambitious because I know the amount of time available I have to read and I know it's not getting any better in 2020.

I will work with the time I have available and I already have 33 books loaded into my Kindle. That means, I already own these books. It's a virtual pile of books.

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What I read in December 2019

  1. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman: I finally read the book behind the System 1 / System 2 thinking idea. The research on this book was cited so many times in other books I read before this one so it was good to go to the source. Fascinating with lots of examples.
  2. Cibola Burn (Expanse, #4) by James S.A. Corey: A very enjoyable read with a more focused plot. The action is basically in one place, surrounding a group of people and three ships orbiting everything.
  3. Hogfather (Discworld, #20; Death, #4) by Terry Pratchett: This was a fun read for the Holidays! Terry Pratchett is a genius about criticizing without being offensive or mean about anything. He just slaps the ridiculousness of things in our faces and laughs about it.
  4. You Are Your Own Gym: The Bible Of Bodyweight Exercises For Men And Women by Mark Lauren, Joshua Clark: Brings the fundamentals of bodyweight exercise and nutrition in an uncomplicated way. I wanted to have some basic information about these types of exercises and the book brings a good list of them with their variations.

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By Noisy Deadlines Minimalist in progress, nerdy, skeptic. I don't leave without my e-reader.

I never thought I would put these two books side by side...

  1. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-free Productivity by David Allen: I first read this book in 2012 and it changed my life. GTD is a method that helps me organize myself and reflect on my goals, values and purpose. This the 4th time I read this book. Every time I feel like I lost perspective and/or overwhelm dominates me, I go back to this book to make sense of it all. And it helps!
  2. Storm Front (The Dresden Files #1): A nice urban fantasy. It's got magic and gory murder scenes with a sense of humour. I want to know more about the wizard Harry Dresden.

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By Noisy Deadlines Minimalist in progress, nerdy, skeptic. I don't leave without my e-reader.

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 Brynjolfsson, Andrew 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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By Noisy Deadlines Minimalist in progress, nerdy, skeptic. I don't leave without my e-reader.

What I read in September 2019

  1. Medusa Uploaded (The Medusa Cycle, #1) by Emily Devenport , 317p: I loved the premise: a generation ship in a 100 years voyage to a new place, augmented humans, classical music references, lots of visits to airlocks, a rebellion, deep sleep units and awesome semi organic-semi synthetic artificial intelligent units, called Medusas.
  2. An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1) by by Sabaa Tahir, 446p : I felt there was a disproportionate level of violence on this one. And people being subdued by superior power structures. Impossibly dangerous trials that often result in death. But in the end it is a story about rebelling and destroying power structures, which gives a hint of hope when you get to the last chapters.
  3. Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker, 368p: It's an excellent reference about the science of sleep: our biological needs, what sleep does to our brain and, most importantly, what are the negative consequences caused by sleep deprivation.

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By Noisy Deadlines Minimalist in progress, nerdy, skeptic. I don't leave without my e-reader.

Books I read July 2019

  1. Vessel by Lisa A. Nichols: A woman astronaut temporarily lost in space during a mission comes back to Earth 10 years later and weird things happen. It's loose on sci-fi, NASA makes unlikely decisions and I'm not sure I bought into the reason why the astronaut was having these mysterious experiences.

  2. Saga, Vol. 4 by Brian K. Vaughan (Writer), Fiona Staples (Artist): I'm hooked! Will read the entire series.

  3. Saga, Vol. 5 by Brian K. Vaughan (Writer), Fiona Staples (Artist): Best quote from this one: “Together, my parents had learned to be much more than “the sum of their parts”, whatever that means. Separately, they were kind of just a mess.” I already got Vols. 6 and 7 lined up!

  4. Exit Strategy (The Murderbot Diaries #4) by Martha Wells: The bot that hacked it's governor module becomes more independent and becomes more human-like, without even wanting to, I'd say. It's so familiar to know that all that Murderbot wants in life is to watch more media. But at the same time, Murderbot can't stay away from its ex-owner problems and goes into a complicated rescue mission.

  5. BrainChains: Discover your brain, to unleash its full potential in a hyperconnected, multitasking world by Theo Compernolle: It's full of scientific research reference and it can get repetitive. It talks a lot about the disadvantages of using e-mail, stress, multitasking, texting while driving and the importance of rest. Good message but I think the book could be shorter.

  6. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari: Made me wonder about tomorrow but question if I really want to be transformed into a stream of data to live forever.

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By Noisy Deadlines Minimalist in progress, nerdy, skeptic. I don't leave without my e-reader.