June 2019 Book Recap

Do you value your privacy? Then you absolutely need to read The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power. Extensive, terrifying, and absolutely essential as a step towards *digital self-defense* — this book reads like a real-life Black Mirror/Matrix crossover.

At the very least, Zuboff’s book will make you a more conscientious digital consumer.

Quote for Pondering:

"The work of naming a strange form of power unprecedented in the human experience must begin anew for the sake of effective resistance and the creative power to insist on a future of our own making."

— Shoshana Zuboff, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

📚INHALED

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff (NF) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️[Politics, technology: “Das Kapital of the digital age."] // GoodReads Review

Under the Dome by Stephen King (F) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️[Sci-Fi, thriller: Better than The Stand, IMO.] // GoodReads Review

Recursion by Black Crouch (F) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️[Sci-Fi, time travel: Not quite as good as Dark Matter, but still binge-worthy.] // GoodReads Review

📚APPRECIATED

Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson (NF) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️[Biography, art history: An engaging journey through notebooks and paintings.] // GoodReads Review

Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing by Robert Caro (NF) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️[Autobiography, memoir: My first (but not my last) Caro.] // GoodReads Review

Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday (NF) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️[Philosophy, psychology: My 6th Holiday book, officially a fan.]

📚GUILTY PLEASURES

The Killer Collective by Barry Eisler (F) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️[Fast-paced thriller: Livia Lone Book 3; obsessed.] // GoodReads Review

You by Caroline Kepnes (F) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️[Stalker, thriller: Loved the screen adaptation too.]

📚NOT AS INTERESTING AS YOU’D THINK

21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari (NF) ⭐️⭐️⭐️[Generalized opinions, futurecasting: Sapiens and Homo Deus were much better.] // GoodReads Review

Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe by Lisa Randall (NF) ⭐️⭐️⭐️[Science, physics: Dry and a little … dark.] // GoodReads Review

📚EYE ROLL

The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison (F) ⭐️⭐️[“Thriller” / Extended rape fantasy? / A pervy good time? 🙄] // (My) GoodReads Review ***Hilarious 1 Star GR Review***

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Bonus Quote!

“Surveillance capitalism’s ability to keep democracy at bay produced these stark facts. Two men at Google who do not enjoy the legitimacy of the vote, democratic oversight, or the demands of shareholder governance exercise control over the organization and presentation of the world’s information. One man at Facebook who does not enjoy the legitimacy of the vote, democratic oversight, or the demands of shareholder governance exercises control over an increasingly universal means of social connection along with the information concealed in its networks.”

— Shoshana Zuboff, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

May 2019 Book Wrap Up

Digital Minimalism inspired me to delete Facebook and Facebook messenger off my phone which has been very liberating—don't miss them at all. Although not quite as good as Deep Work, Cal Newport is very persuasive for living a digitally minimal life.

It was an excellent month in the fiction department with three 5-star reads. Can't wait to check out the AMC NOS4A2 series, and I'm beginning to think I might have to read all of Barry Eisler's books.

Quote for Pondering:

“The tycoons of social media have to stop pretending that they’re friendly nerd gods building a better world and admit they’re just tobacco farmers in T-shirts selling an addictive product to children. Because, let’s face it, checking your 'likes' is the new smoking.”

— Cal Newport, Digital Minimalism

📚DEVOURED

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill (F) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️[Stephen King’s son, thriller/horror, current AMC series] // GoodReads Review

Livia Lone & The Night Trade, both by Barry Eisler (F) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Basically if Dexter Morgan and Lisbeth Salander had a baby, it would be Livia Lone.] // GoodReads Review (s)

📚IMPACTFUL

Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture by Roxane Gay (NF) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️[Feminism, essays] // GoodReads Review

Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport (NF) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Productivity, psychology: Basically one giant justification for getting rid of (or severely limiting) social media.] // GoodReads Review

📚ENJOYED

We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union (NF) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Autobiography, memoir] // GoodReads Review

Born Standing Up by Steve Martin (NF) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Autobiography: The Jerk IRL] // GoodReads Review

The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century by Kirk W. Johnson (NF) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [ Science, history] // GoodReads Review

📚WOULD RECOMMEND TO CERTAIN FOLK

The Icarus Deception by Seth Godin (NF) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Business, inspiration] // GoodReads Review

The Wild Muir by Lee Stetson (NF) ⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Environment, adventure] // GoodReads Review

📚MIDDLE OF THE ROAD

The Fish That Ate the Whale: The Life and Times of America's Banana King by Rich Cohen (NF) ⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Biography, history: Banana republics] // GoodReads Review

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae (NF) ⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Autobiography. Not as good as the HBO show.] // GoodReads Review

Feminasty: The Complicated Woman's Guide to Surviving the Patriarchy Without Drinking Herself to Death by Erin Gibson (NF) ⭐️⭐️⭐️ [“Humor,” essays] // GoodReads Review

📚MEH

The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure by Greg Lukianoff & Jonathan Haidt (NF) ⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Sociology, psychology; Educational whinging] // GoodReads Review

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James (F) ⭐️⭐️ [“Mystery” / Predictable snooze fest] // GoodReads Review

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April 2019 Book Recap

Standouts: The Making of the Atomic Bomb and Accessory to War—these two complemented each other well and were both a little beastly, yet engrossing.

In Pieces was one of the best autobiographies I've read in awhile, although Michelle Obama's Becoming was also excellent.

The Terror was a pleasant surprise, and I'm actually glad I watched the AMC series first — strong Shackleton vibes.

Quote for Pondering:

“You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems.”

— James Clear, Atomic Habits

*Nonfiction*

The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [History, science] // Goodreads Review (Pulitzer Prize Winner)

“Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”
(Bhagavad-Gita)

— Robert Oppenheimer as he witnessed the first detonation of a nuclear weapon on July 16, 1945.

Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military by Neil deGrasse Tyson ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [History, science] // Goodreads Review (Space Force!)

In Pieces by Sally Field ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Autobiography, memoir] // Goodreads Review

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Psychology, productivity] // Goodreads Review (Better than The Power of Habit)

Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned" by Lena Dunham ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Autobiography, memoir] // Goodreads Review (Not that bad!)

Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach ⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Space, science] // Goodreads Review (Minimal Mars)

I Might Regret This: Essays, Drawings, Vulnerabilities, and Other Stuff by Abbi Jacobson ⭐️⭐️ [Autobiography, memoir] (Broad City is SO much better!) // Goodreads Review

*Fiction*

The Terror by Dan Simmons ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Historical fiction, horror] // Goodreads Review (Ill-fated ice adventure)

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Nigerian Femme Fatale] // Goodreads Review

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen ⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Mystery, thriller] // Goodreads Review (Lifetime movie-esque)

Folding Beijing by Hao Jinfang ⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Contemporary Dystopian Chinese Sci-Fi] // Goodreads Review

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March 2019 Book Recap

Not a great read, lots of future-casting, but the only hardback boi of the month.

Favorite “adult” book of the month: *Deep Work* by Cal Newport, as it helped rekindle a commitment to eliminate distraction. Looking forward to reading *Digital Minimalism* next month.

Favorite guilty pleasure: *Pretty Girls* by Karin Slaughter—love a good sister thriller.

Favorite audiobook: Betty White reading If You Ask Me.

Poetry standout: Rudy Francisco’s Helium.

*Nonfiction*

Deep Work by Cal Newport ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Productivity, psychology]

AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order by Kai-fu Lee ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Science/tech, politics] 

Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman by Anne Helen Petersen ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Feminism, pop culture]

Bossypants by Tina Fey ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Autobiography, humor] 

If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won’t) by Betty White ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Memoir, humor]

The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind by Michio Kaku ⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Science, psychology]

Small Fry: A Memoir by Lisa Brennan Jobs ⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Autobiography/Steve Jobs through the eyes of estranged daughter Lisa.]

This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection by Carol Burnett ⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Memoir, humor]

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions ⭐️⭐️ [Exactly what you think it is.]

*Fiction* 

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Mystery, thriller]

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Mystery, psychological thriller]

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Science Fiction, dystopia]

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh ⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Literary fiction, mental health]

Fox 8 by George Saunders ⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Short story/fable]

*Poetry* 

Helium by Rudy Francisco ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Your Soul is a River by Nikita Gill ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Black Movie by Danez Smith ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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February 2019 Book Recap

Hands down favorite of the month: *How to Change Your Mind* by Michael Pollan, “mental travelogue” says it all. 

*Nonfiction*

How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan 
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Science, psychology]

The Periodic Table by Primo Levi 
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [History, memoir]

Theft By Finding by David Sedaris 
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Humor, memoir]

Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson 
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [History, adventure]

Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West 
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Feminism, memoir]

Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? by Seth Godin 
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Business, leadership] 

Men Explain Thing to Me by Rebecca Solnit 
⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Feminism, essays]

The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley 
⭐️⭐️⭐️ [aka, Huxley rants on mescaline] 

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath 
⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Not that sticky.]

*Fiction* 

Stalker by Lars Kepler 
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Swedish crime thriller]

Pet Sematary by Stephen King 
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Sometimes, dead is better.]

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee 
⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Historical fiction, Asia]

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood 
⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Retelling, The Tempest]

Less by Andrew Sean Greet 
⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Pulitzer Prize winner!?]

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens 
⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Swamp love]

What was your favorite read in February? 

*Bonus: Nonsensical Titular Poem*

Shadow Divers practice Theft by Finding, 
Men Explain Things to Me. 
The Linchpin creates things Made to Stick, 
like Pachinko. 

Where the Crawdads Sing, next to the Pet Sematary
you will find the Hag-Seed Stalker. 
Shrill is the call to The Doors of Perception,
which has Less to do with The Periodic Table than 
How to Change Your Mind.

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