Reading List Update

For a while I was keeping this blog up-to-date with pretty much all of the media I consume, but I guess I got tired of doing that. Now I’m trying to get back into posting here on a somewhat regular basis. I can’t go all the way back to the last time I posted a reading list, so here’s a list of what I’ve read/listened to in the last few weeks:

The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling – I didn’t read any reviews so I went into this completely blind. It’s good story, mostly I’d say because I like the way J. K. Rowling develops characters.

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson – I’m not sure if James Michener ever wrote about the AT, but if he did, and someone condensed it down to a reasonable sized novel, this could be the result. This was only the second Bill Bryson book I’ve read (after A Short History of Nearly Everything) but when I finished this one I went ahead and added everything else he wrote to my reading list.

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell – Much like Outliers this book basically makes one point. It’s a good point, but it’s still one point.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – I do not recommend reading this book. Nope. You shouldn’t read it because Wil Wheaton will read it to you. This is a great story, and I think audio is the way to go for this one.

Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss – Ever since Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser we’ve been flooded with rehashes. Here’s another.

Automate This: How Algorithms Came to Rule Our World By Christopher Steiner – If you find it shocking or hard to believe that when you read the recap of a baseball game the article may have been written by a computer program you should probably read this to gain some insight into how the modern world works. If you consider yourself a student of computing or algorithms on any level there’s probably nothing here for you.

The Second Ship and Immune By Richard Phillips – Books 1 and 2 of The Rho Agenda. I have the third, but I’m holding off because once I read that one it’s over. Good stuff, highly recommended. This was a Steve Gibson recommendation, and the man knows his sci-fi.

Stat-spotting by Joel Best – At just over 100 pages this is something to knock out in one sitting, which I do recommend. It’s a fairly dense 100 pages, and the format is fun and easy to read. After reading this one I was able to put my new skills to work on my next visit to Facebook.

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