Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Books I've read in the last two months...

Funny that this is one of the only resolutions that I’m doing really well about keeping. I’ve read the most amazing books in the last 2 months, including:
Getting Things Done—David Allen
This book is required reading for anyone who works a white-collar job. I can’t imagine getting organized and productive anymore without his guidance.
Mind Hacks, Mind Performance Hacks—Ron Hale-Evans
These two amazing books help explain the workings of the brain. An extremely interesting thing to read while also reading GTD.
The Road—Cormac McCarthy
This is the most prolific book of our time. Hands down. As depressing as the book was, I will end up rereading it at least two more times before I understand the two main characters in detail. I am more like the man but strive to be more like the boy. This thought scared me more than the landscape.
The World Inside—Robert Silverberg
Another dystopian novel, not nearly as prolific, but interesting in its own way. I only wish that you didn’t have to write a sexually shocking book in order to get published in the 70s, the free-love movement unfortunately vomiting over culture. The urbmon concept is really interesting though, and I do agree with the hypothesis that humans will evolve to mold into the constraints of their environment, be it biological, social, or political.
Also on audiobook I’m finishing Altered Carbok by Richard K. Morgan (thanking fate for Audible and iPods). Talk about dystopia. I still really don’t know what to think of the whole concept of sleeving.
I can say that I have accomplished restarting my reading bug again for the following reasons:
1. The only TV I watch anymore is whatever I can get from my iPod, South Park, or Lost. I’ve gone down from 20 hr/wk to 4.
2. I have 4 books on my plate now: The Illuminatus Trilogy (enjoyable reread), Them (interesting nonfiction about conspiracy theories), Freakonomics (wonderful way to learn economics), and David Allen’s sequel Ready For Anything.
3. I see no stop to reading in my foreseeable future.

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