Recent Books

Some of the recent books I’ve enjoyed (or not)

  • Books: The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin 4 stars. A great book on its own, but even better as a cap to the series. I'm looking forward to reading more by N.K. Jemisin.
  • Books: Uprooted by Naomi Novik 5 stars. Felt like a classic fairy tale without becoming boring, predictable, or cliche.
  • Books: The Art of Noticing by Rob Walker 4 stars. Brilliant collection of ideas for ways to pay attention, encourage curiosity, and spark creativity.
  • Books: Origin by Dan Brown 3 stars. Better than some of his other recent books, but a bit predictable in the end.
  • Books: Bad Blood by John Carreyrou 4 stars. A well-researched and meticulously told story of the meteoric rise and fall of health startup Theranos
  • Books: The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin 4 stars. A fantastic sequel in this series, leaving me wanting to read the third and wrap up the full story.
  • Books: Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport 4 stars. Great treatise on why it's important to limit time on social media and apps, with practical strategies to do so.
  • Books: The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King 4 stars. A great, well-paced story and the audio book narrator was fantastic.
  • Books: Paddle Your Own Canoe by Nick Offerman 5 stars. This was amazing as an audiobook, with Nick's dulcet tone telling me stories and teaching me to be a better person.
  • Books: This Is Marketing by Seth Godin 3 stars. If you like Seth's blog, you'll enjoy the book. A decent treatise on how marketing should work.
  • Books: The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal 5 stars. Alternate history. Space race. A study of gender and race relations. Sublime.
  • Books: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert 5 stars. Really, really loved this inspiring take on creativity and the magic that happens when we make things.
  • Books: Redwall by Brian Jacques 5 stars. A classic for good reason. Somehow I missed this gem of a book when I was a kid.
  • Books: Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman 4 stars. My son randomly picked this at a book fair, and it was a surprisingly enjoyable read with him.
  • Books: Make Time by Jake Knapp & John Zeratsky 4 stars. Presents a good strategy and tactics for making more time for the important things in life
  • Books: Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood 4 stars. Dang, this was good! Can't wait to read the rest of the trilogy.
  • Books: It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson 4 stars. The founders of Basecamp dish out practical advice on creating a calm company in their trademark simple style
  • Books: A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin 5 stars. So glad I finally took some time to read this beloved classic. Its place is well-earned.
  • Books: Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend 4 stars. A fascinating world, fun characters, and a different take on kid's fantasy.
  • Books: Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward 3 stars. Well-researched and written account of the bizarre first year or so of #45's presidency
  • Books: Gumption by Nick Offerman 4 stars. Twas a fun (and funny) introduction to a variety of Americans who have shown guts in their field.
  • Books: Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman 4 stars. A beautiful story of sisterhood, motherhood, and love with hints of the magic that binds them all together.
  • Books: A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership by James Comey 3 stars. Well-written memoir of James Comey's work life, with lessons on what makes great leaders
  • Books: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood 4 stars. This was on my list to read even before the Hulu series, and well worth the read.
  • Books: The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter by Theodora Goss 3 stars. A fun remix of classic literary characters and strong female characters solving mysteries
  • Books: Triggers by Marshall Goldsmith & Mark Reiter 3 stars. Some practical advice and some fluff about making behavioral changes. Not bad overall compared to similar books.
  • Books: The Circle by Dave Eggers 4 stars. An insightful look at technology and its impact on the modern world, wrapped in a chilling story.
  • Books: Wonderland by Steven Johnson 5 stars. A fascinating dive into how the toys and tools we make for pleasure fuel progress and social change
  • Books: Children of the Fleet by Orson Scott Card 2 stars. Not the same caliber as Ender’s Game by a long shot, but an entertaining return to Battle (now Fleet) School.
  • Books: Shrinkage by Bryan Bishop 3 stars. A heartfelt, funny story on surviving cancer sprinkled with unexpected lessons for life.

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