Books and and things

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Here is where I record the books I read, and a 3 sentence (or less) summary of each. I took this idea from James Clear’s ‘favorites’ – seems like a great way to condense a book down to what it meant to you after you’ve read it.

My goal, generally, is to read, or listen to, (at least) 12 books a year, a mix between fiction and non-fiction.

An asterisk next to the title indicates a book I found especially delightful.

2019

* Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits

by James Clear

CCRR - Cue, Craving, Response, Reward. Use these nobs in the positive and negative to reinforce things that can be habitual. Focus on the smallest thing to do, and don’t discount environmental changes.

Bobiverse

* We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

by Dennis E. Taylor

A software engineer wakes up as a digital copy of his now dead self, taking on the role of an AI interface for an interstellar exploration and colonization effort.

For We Are Many

by Dennis E. Taylor

Bob (and clones) get themselves into it. They have a self-defined responsibility to see humanity spread to the stars, and not die on Earth where they’ve kicked off a nuclear winter. Oh, and they might get eaten by space bugs.

All These Worlds

by Dennis E. Taylor

Bob (and even more clones) must fight and win against space bugs, or humanity and all life in the galaxy might eventually die. Bobs also learn a thing or two about love and loss, and start to explore how being a digital life form that lives forever affects their ability to relate to humanity.

Diaspora

by Greg Egan

This emphasizes the science in science fiction. Very descriptive in it’s imagined use of science, and I imagine fairly accurate where it can be… but a lot of the book went over my head and was hard to maintain a deep interest in. It was compelling enough to finish reading, and left a wierd dichotomy of satisfaction and disatisfaction at the conclusion.

Gentleman Bastard

The Lies of Locke Lamora

by Scott Lynch

A clever, tricksy, band of “theives” saves everybody. The worldbuilding makes you want to know a lot more about the place these characters live.

Siddhartha

by Hermann Hesse, translated by Hilda Rosner

A tale that describes a person’s path to finding truth and enlightenment from within and without. A read that requires patience and begets comparison with ones own self.