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
Douglas W. Hubbard
The Secret Commonwealth (Book of Dust, Volume 2)
British Columbia's Magnificent ParksThe First 100 Years
James D. Anderson
A crunchy jigsaw puzzle of a book. I felt it collapsed a little by the end but I enjoyed it overall.
Marshall B. Rosenberg
La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust, Volume 1)
Thoroughly enjoyable, faintly nostalgic and full of quaint details.
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.
~Thirty smart Wired articles stuffed into a book. Fascinating and gripping.
Kitten CloneInside Alcatel-Lucent
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
Donald A. Norman
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 NishnaabegThis Is Our Territory
Gidigaa Migizi (Doug Williams)
Atomic HabitsAn Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
Eye-opening and accessible. I didn't expect this to be so helpful and motivating.
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
Nice to read some auto-biographical Murakami, this was inspiring and interesting in equal measures.
Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
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
A little twisty with some good (small) mysteries along the way. Didn't land the ending.
J. D. Salinger
Hard comp-sci-fi, quite a dense text with lots of conversations-as-exposition. Some flashes of brilliance.
100 Days in Uranium City
I liked the spare pencil art in this. A little bleak.
Turn the Ship Around!A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders
L. David Marquet
Great portrayal of a flawed person.
A charming, fun romp.
Lewis Trondheim and Oiry
I expected more from this, found it quite predictable.
Phenomenal graphic novelist, I loved this.
I didn't enjoy this, found it to be quite surface-level.
Very moving & beautifully written.
Most Human Human
Perhaps a little too philosophical for me but I enjoyed it.