Finished reading: The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter is entertaining. Takes a relatively simple premise about parallel worlds and really works through the implications πŸ“š

    Finished reading: Jinx by Matt Gemmell is a fun read. I enjoy these characters and the settings Gemmell places them in πŸ“š

    Finished reading: Although it took two library loan periods, I made it through The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan. Having made it this far, I’m sure to get through all of the books now, even though there are many to go πŸ“š

    Finished reading: If you want a very detailed resource on how to do CBAs, especially for public sector projects, Cost-benefit analysis of investment decisions by Glenn Jenkins, Chun-Yan Kuo, and Arnold Harberger is the book for you. That said, you really need to want details – you’ve been warned πŸ“š

    Finished reading: I can’t decide if I liked Nona the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir. The first book of the series, Gideon the Ninth, was one of my favourite books of 2021. The second, Harrow the Ninth, was frustratingly confusing. Nona was similarly challenging: lots of names, hints of conversations, and plot twists. Felt more like work than entertainment πŸ“š

    Finished reading: Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson continues this entertaining series. A nice break from the β€œheavier” fantasy books πŸ“š

    Finished reading: I enjoyed Red Moon by Kim Stanley Robinson. Some of his usual attention to detail without getting too dry and a nice emphasis on Chinese culture and historyπŸ“š

    Finished reading: Although difficult to describe, I enjoyed The Factory by Hiroko Oyamada. A strange, slightly creepy story about modern work life πŸ“š

    Finished reading: The Last Graduate by Naomi Novik is a great sequel to A Deadly Education πŸ“š

    Finished reading: Empire of the Sum: The Rise and Reign of the Pocket Calculator by Keith Houston is more fun than you might expectπŸ“š

    Finished reading: My Murder by Katie Williams has an intriguing premise, good twists, and is well written. A great bookπŸ“š

    Finished reading: The Mimicking of Known Successes by Malka Older is a fun, short murder mystery on a gas giant planet πŸ“š

    Finished reading: I enjoyed My Effin' Life by Geddy Lee more than I expected. A great testament to hard working, talented friends. Also a great excuse to revisit Rush’s music. I’d missed their last few albums and it was a pleasant surprise to discover themπŸ“š

    Finished reading: Although I’m far from having a crisis, I’m well into midlife. So, Midlife by Kieran Setiya was a powerful book.

    I could relate, when Setiya describes what he expects to feel after he finishes writing the book:

    If experience is anything to go by, the hole will be filled soon enough. There will be another project: a class to teach, a book to read, an article to write. I will move on. But the movement is like running on a treadmill. Life is a succession of projects, each one left behind, their numbers slowly adding up. What the future holds is only more of the achievements, and the failures, that make up my past. It will differ only in quantity from the life I have already lived, a mere accumulation of deeds.

    I won’t spoil the outcome. Suffice it to say that this book has lots of good advice, written clearly and with humour.

    Setiya also has a good session on Waking Up.


    Finished reading: I enjoyed Making It So by Patrick Stewart. Although not as much Captain Picard as some Trekkies might want, I appreciated the broader view of his career πŸ“š

    πŸ“š These Wheel of Time books are long! I only got 1/3 of the way through The Shadow Rising before the library loan ended

    Finished reading: System Collapse by Martha Wells is another fun book in a great seriesπŸ“š

    Finished reading: The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury is rather strange. Some really lovely, poetic passages about the tranquility and beauty of Mars, coupled with buffoonish characters from Earth. I totally get this could be intentional, though it is jarring πŸ“š

    Finished reading: The Gulag Archipelago [Volume 1] by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn is a remarkable book. I’ve never really comprehended the Stalin-era purges. Solzhenitsyn’s dark humour and extensive narrative details really helped make them feel horrifyingly real πŸ“š

    New books for the new year πŸ“š

    Stack of books: Midlife, Make it So, The Future of Us, The Rise and Reign of Mammals, My Effin’ Life
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