Reading matter(s) of the month: February, 2016

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There goes the second month of 2016, 09 weeks have passed, and I am happy with my reading habits. I did finish some unfinished books from last year, so that resulted in a high number of books read. But, I also added new books to my never ending “to-read” pile…

The “To-Read” pile of February, 2016:

In February I added a total of 09 books to my “to-read” pile. They are:

  1. The Productivity Project: Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy  by Chris Bailey => I’ve been wanting to improve my focus because I still get distracted by little things, specially social media
  2. Yoga Anatomy, Second Edition  by Leslie Kaminoff, Amy Matthews => This book is an illustrated guide to Yoga and it seems there’s no digital edition available. It’s more like a “someday/maybe” book for me right now.
  3. The More of Less: Find the Life You Want Under Everything You Own by Joshua Becker => that’s a new book from Joshua that will come out this month. I hope it will inspire my minimalism project.
  4. What To Say When You Talk To Your Self  by Shad Helmstetter => this seems an interesting read to address the voices in my head.
  5. Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind Over Body  by Jo Marchant =>I read an article about this book this month and her research investigates the influence of our minds over our bodies: a topic I want to explore.
  6. Everything That Remains: A Memoir by The Minimalists  by Joshua Fields Millburn, Ryan Nicodemus =>a book from The Minimalists on why to become a minimalist. Their podcast is awesome!
  7. enough  by Patrick Rhone =>another book into the “minimalist” theme: I think it was a recommendation I heard on The Minimalists podcast.
  8. How to Be Alive: No Impact Man’s Guide to a High Impact Life by Colin Beavan => a book on the theme of zero waste living: another topic I want to explore more.
  9. Zero World by Jason M. Hough => the only fiction book on this list, it’s a sci-fi thriller recommended by Felicia Day that I saw on Goodreads. I think it’s worth a try!

The “Read” list of February, 2016:

This month I wanted to read and/or finish some books that have been on my pile for way too long. I think I did a great job, I am happy with this list!

read books of february 2016

  1. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury => a classic that was on my Kindle waiting to be read. Enjoyable.
  2. The Freedom Handbook: An Incomplete Guide to a More Complete Life  by Jeff Hirz =>a very short book that was also forgotten on my Kindle.
  3. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change (25th Anniversary Edition) by Stephen R. Covey =>I started reading this book last year and put it down many, many times… I wanted to read it because almost everybody that is into productivity cites this book. I wasn’t impressed, really.
  4. Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness: One-Minute Tips for Decluttering and Refreshing Your Home and Your Life by Donna Smallin =>I love reading about organization and decluttering tips and this was a fast read on the subject.
  5. Delicacy: A Novel by David Foenkinos =>I finished a French book! Yay! I read this in its original version: achievement unlocked 🙂

The “I started reading but haven’t finished yet” pile of February, 2016:

  1. The Pillars of the World (Tir Alainn, #1)  by Anne Bishop => This book in the pick of the month of the Vaginal Fantasy book club, on Goodreads (it’s a book club for romance genre books with strong female lead characters). It sounds interesting!
  2. L’île mystérieuse by Jules Verne => I chose this book as my French reading practice this month, but I am already regretting it. It’s a very long book, and the pace is too slow for my taste, although I love Julio Verne. Maybe I’ll leave it and change to another one…just saying…

And, since March has already started, a quick update: I started reading “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth” by canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield. I’m just loving it!

 

Dust (Silo, #3) [Book Review]

dust silo 3 hugh howeyDust (Silo, #3)
by Hugh Howey

Kindle Edition, 466 pages
Published August 17th 2013 by Broad Reach Publishing

Read from August 16 to September 16, 2015

My Rating: 3/4 stars

 

About the book:

WOOL introduced the silo and its inhabitants.
SHIFT told the story of their making.
DUST will chronicle their undoing.
Welcome to the underground.

I have mixed feelings about this last book of the trilogy. I really enjoyed the comeback to the characters of the first book, like Juliette and Luke, because they were one of my favorites characters. And it was inspiring to see the revolution started in their Silo in search for answers and a better world.

But I felt a little bit unfulfilled with the lack of explanation of exactly what happened to the world. I don’t know if I missed it at some point in the book, but it’s still not completely clear to me why the silos were built and what was going on in other places of the planet. Maybe the author wanted it to remain a mystery, but I really hoped some more detailed explanation after reading the whole trilogy.

[WARNING: SPOILER!]
Another thing that bothered me is that when Juliette leads the people of her silo up to the surface, and then they walk towards the seed bunker and look at the dome of dust over the arrangement of silos, why didn’t they try to reach the other silos? There were 50 silos over there and I didn’t saw any hint that Juliette or the others were curious about them, or had the intention to free the other silos. My feeling is that there were too many questions unanswered in the story and that bothers me a little. [END OF SPOILER]

But overall it was a thrilling book to read with a pace that kept me going until the end.

Reading plans for September 2013

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So, September has arrived in a weird kinda of weather around here (south hemisphere). One morning I wake up and see a beautiful blue sky with mild temperatures that tells me: “spring is coming!” and then the next day it’s a cloudy, windy and cold winter day.

Oh, well, let it be!!

It’s going to be a busy month for me and I’m feeling I began with a optimistic mindset. I will be working on my masters degree more than ever, I am going to a Conference on Building’s Energy Performance at the capital, I will finish working on a scientific article AND I my reading plan is as follows:

For the science fiction hunger: Nightfall by Isaac Asimov, Robert Silverberg =>I have already started, and it is very interesting!

For overall knowledge/skills: Mind Maps: Improve Memory, Concentration, Communication, Organization, Creativity, and Time Management by Ken Arthur => I read almost one third of it, and the past month I totally forgot about it. Now it’s time to catch up!

From The Sword and Laser BookClub: The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester => Well, it’s a classic science fiction, winner of the Hugo Award in 1953, need I say more?

And a little guilty pleasure: Warrior (The Blades of the Rose, #1) by Zoe Archer => romance with adventure and Indiana Jones type of scenario (so they say!)

And that’s it!! I will do my best to keep it up 🙂

Someday/Maybe Reading List

I have a challenge for myself this year: read a total of 24 books!

I’m the kind of person who feels incomplete without a book around me. I used to carry paperback books with me, but it was always one at a time. Sometimes, if the book was one of those 900 pages tomes, I wasn’t so eager to carry it around.

 But since I got a Kindle, my reading life changed!! My Kindle is a part of my daily possessions, and I open it whenever and wherever I can.

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There are months that I find myself reading 2 or 3 books simultaneously. It’s crazy sometimes because there are certain types of books that don’t match together (I mean, in this “simultaneity” scheme).  Like, reading two dark fantasy books together. Not okay. If the genres are too similar, I usually mix them up. It’s better to have contrast: a dark fantasy with maybe a very optimistic science fiction. Or, for instance, one fiction and the other non-fiction.

Anyways, today I stopped to do some math.  I have a list I’ve been keeping for some time now with all the books I want to read one day. It’s not necessarily the goal list for this year, or this month. It’s more like a lifetime list.

So, this list has 196 titles. My 2013 goal is 24 books, so I would probably complete 12% of the list, if I chose to read titles from that list.

BUT, Since I’ve joined book clubs on Goodreads, I have monthly new and interesting suggestions, other than those on my list.

SO, you might be thinking, “it’s insane! You’re never going to finish that!”. Well, that’s the beauty of it, it’s a “someday/maybe” list. I don’t feel obliged to follow it item by item, I use it when I don’t have any idea what to read next. And it’s good to know that there are so many other things to explore! I highly recommend it!

For instance, last year I read only 3 titles from this list, the rest were book clubs picks and friend’s suggestions… 🙂

So, here goes my “someday/maybe” list. Hope you enjoy!

Title Author Publication Year
2312 Kim Stanley Robinson 2012
2001: A Space Odyssey (Space Odyssey, #1) Arthur C. Clarke 1968
A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking 1988
A Magic of Twilight (The Nessantico Cycle #1) S.L. Farrell 2008
A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3) George R.R. Martin 2000
A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens 1854
Agincourt Bernard Cornwell 2008
American Gods Neil Gaiman 2001
Animal Farm George Orwell 1945
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood Oliver Bowden 2010
Assassin’s Creed: Renaissance Oliver Bowden 2009
Beyond Boundaries: The New Neuroscience of Connecting Brains with Machines and How It Will Change Our Lives Miguel Nicolelis 2011
Beyond Hades (The Prometheus Wars, #1) Luke Romyn 2012
Blameless (Parasol Protectorate, #3) Gail Carriger 2010
Boneshaker (The Clockwork Century, #1) Cherie Priest 2009
Burning Chrome William Gibson 1986
Changeless (Parasol Protectorate, #2) Gail Carriger 2010
Childhood’s End Arthur C. Clarke 1953
Contact Carl Sagan 1985
Cosmos Carl Sagan 1980
Count Zero (Sprawl, #2) William Gibson 1986
Daughter of the Blood (The Black Jewels, #1) Anne Bishop 1998
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (Dirk Gently, #1) Douglas Adams 1987
Downbelow Station (Company Wars, #1) C.J. Cherryh 1981
Dragonflight (Pern, #1) Anne McCaffrey 1968
Dragons of Autumn Twilight  (Dragonlance Chronicles #1) Margaret Weis 1984
Empire State (Empire State, #1) Adam Christopher 2012
Enemy of God: A Novel of Arthur Bernard Cornwell 1996
Evolution Stephen Baxter 2002
Excalibur (The Arthur Books, #3) Bernard Cornwell 1997
Eye of the Needle Ken Follett 1978
Fall of Giants (The Century Trilogy #1) Ken Follett 2010
First King of Shannara (Shannara, #0) Terry Brooks 1996
Foundation and Empire (Foundation, #2) Isaac Asimov 1952
Good Omens Terry Pratchett 1990
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies Jared Diamond 1997
Heartless (Parasol Protectorate, #4) Gail Carriger 2011
I, Robot Isaac Asimov 1950
Johnny Mnemonic William Gibson 1981
Lords of the North (The Saxon Stories, #3) Bernard Cornwell 2006
Mindstar Rising (Greg Mandel, #1) Peter F. Hamilton 1993
Mona Lisa Overdrive (Sprawl, #3) William Gibson 1988
Nightfall Isaac Asimov 1990
Pattern Recognition (Blue Ant, #1) William Gibson 2003
Ready Player One Ernest Cline 2011
Second Foundation (Foundation, #3) Isaac Asimov 1953
Small Gods (Discworld, #13) Terry Pratchett 1992
Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1) Gail Carriger 2009
Spin Robert Charles Wilson 2005
Stranger in a Strange Land Robert A. Heinlein 1961
Sword Song (The Saxon Stories, #4) Bernard Cornwell 2007
Terry Pratchett’s Guards! Guards! – The Play Terry Pratchett 1992
Terry Pratchett’s Men at Arms (The Play) Stephen Briggs 2000
Terry Pratchett’s Mort (The Play) Terry Pratchett 1996
The Android’s Dream John Scalzi 2006
The Archer’s Tale (The Grail Quest, #1) Bernard Cornwell 2000
The Blade Itself (The First Law, #1) Joe Abercrombie 2006
The Burning Land (The Saxon Stories, #5) Bernard Cornwell 2009
The Dirty Streets of Heaven (Bobby Dollar, #1) Tad Williams 2012
The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory Brian Greene 1999
The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time, #1) Robert Jordan 1990
The Fabric of the Cosmos (Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality) Brian Greene 2003
The Flying Sorcerers Peter Haining 1997
The Foundation Trilogy (Foundation, #1-3) Isaac Asimov 1951
The Gods Themselves Isaac Asimov 1972
The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos Brian Greene 2011
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame Victor Hugo 1831
The Languages of Pao Jack Vance 1958
The Last Kingdom (The Saxon Stories, #1) Bernard Cornwell 2004
The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard, #1) Scott Lynch 2006
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #2) C.S. Lewis 1950
The Magicians Lev Grossman 2009
The Mission (Remnants of the Past, #1) Bill Talcott 2011
The Once and Future King (The Once and Future King, #1-4) T.H. White 1958
The Pale Horseman (The Saxon Stories, #2) Bernard Cornwell 2005
The Princess Bride William Goldman 1973
The Sirens of Titan Kurt Vonnegut 1959
The Tale of the Body Thief (The Vampire Chronicles, #4) Anne Rice 1992
The Time Machine/The Invisible Man H.G. Wells 1969
The War of the Worlds H.G. Wells 1898
The Winter King: A Novel of Arthur Bernard Cornwell 1995
The Wise Man’s Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2) Patrick Rothfuss 2011
Timeless (Parasol Protectorate, #5) Gail Carriger 2012
Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet Andrew Blum 2012
What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures Malcolm Gladwell 2009
Winter of the World (The Century Trilogy #2) Ken Follett 2012