Reading List

A list of what I'm currently and previously reading. Source library.json available, inspired by Tom Critchlow.

Currently reading

Debt

Debt The First 5,000 Years

David Graeber

🎧 β€’ In Progress

Books Read

Unbuilt Victoria

Unbuilt Victoria

Dorothy Mindenhall

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At first I wasn't sure if I needed to learn about buildings in Victoria that never were. This turned out to be an illuminating look at the history, bureaucracy and grand designs of those in the city for the last few centuries.

How to Measure Anything

How to Measure Anything

Douglas W. Hubbard

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The Secret Commonwealth (Book of Dust, Volume 2)

The Secret Commonwealth (Book of Dust, Volume 2)

Philip Pullman

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British Columbia's Magnificent Parks

British Columbia's Magnificent Parks The First 100 Years

James D. Anderson

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Showa 1953–1989

Showa 1953–1989

Shigeru Mizuki

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Bandwidth

Bandwidth

Eliot Peper

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Embassytown

Embassytown

China MiΓ©ville

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A crunchy jigsaw puzzle of a book. I felt it collapsed a little by the end but I enjoyed it overall.

Non-Violent Communication

Non-Violent Communication

Marshall B. Rosenberg

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 La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust, Volume 1)

La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust, Volume 1)

Philip Pullman

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Thoroughly enjoyable, faintly nostalgic and full of quaint details.

Radicalized

Radicalized

Cory Doctorow

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I bailed halfway through this one, some good idea sparks but overall quite heavy-handed. I also lost count of the times the word 'roil' was used.

Sandworm

Sandworm

Andy Greenberg

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~Thirty smart Wired articles stuffed into a book. Fascinating and gripping.

Kitten Clone

Kitten Clone Inside Alcatel-Lucent

Douglas Coupland

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I love Douglas Coupland's pithy and astute tech writing. His musings on the past, present and future of "Alca-Loo" in 2013 was a rewarding read.

Design of Everyday Things

Design of Everyday Things

Donald A. Norman

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I found this interesting from a product management perspective. Some references are a little dated but it will definitely make me appreciate small details in the design of products I use day-to-day.

Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg

Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg This Is Our Territory

Gidigaa Migizi (Doug Williams)

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Atomic Habits

Atomic Habits An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

James Clear

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Eye-opening and accessible. I didn't expect this to be so helpful and motivating.

Dark Matter

Dark Matter

Blake Crouch

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I resented the first 75% of this book but (sunk cost fallacy) I figured I shouldn't give up on it. Too reminiscent of Blake's later novel Recursion.

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

Haruki Murakami

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Nice to read some auto-biographical Murakami, this was inspiring and interesting in equal measures.

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

Haruki Murakami

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Never quite felt at home with this one. Some of the humor is great but it fizzled out for me.

Three Years with the Rat

Three Years with the Rat

Jay Hoskin

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A little twisty with some good (small) mysteries along the way. Didn't land the ending.

9 Stories

9 Stories

J. D. Salinger

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Permutation City

Permutation City

Greg Egan

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Hard comp-sci-fi, quite a dense text with lots of conversations-as-exposition. Some flashes of brilliance.

100 Days in Uranium City

100 Days in Uranium City

Ariane DΓ©nommΓ©

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I liked the spare pencil art in this. A little bleak.

Turn the Ship Around!

Turn the Ship Around! A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders

L. David Marquet

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Good read.

Shortcomings

Shortcomings

Adrian Tomine

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Great portrayal of a flawed person.

Creation

Creation

Sylvia Nickerson

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Blankets

Blankets

Craig Thompson

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Black Blizzard

Black Blizzard

Yoshihiro Tatsumi

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A charming, fun romp.

Maggie Garrison

Maggie Garrison

Lewis Trondheim and Oiry

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I expected more from this, found it quite predictable.

Beverly

Beverly

Nick Drnaso

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Phenomenal graphic novelist, I loved this.

Off Season

Off Season

James Sturm

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I didn't enjoy this, found it to be quite surface-level.

Brother

Brother

David Chariandy

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Very moving & beautifully written.

Digital Minimalism

Digital Minimalism

Cal Newport

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Most Human Human

Most Human Human

Brian Christian

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Perhaps a little too philosophical for me but I enjoyed it.