So speaking of books, I have been absolutely pathetic at reading this year. I just looked on Good Reads to see how close to my goal of reading 17 books this year and discovered to my dismay that I have read a mere *two* books this year. TWO! I mean, I feel like I must have read more books than that, but I can’t for the life of me think of what they would be.
I blame my lack of reading in large part on the fact that partway through the year, my work team and I were moved to an office that is not easily accessible by transit and so I’ve been driving to work. Given that I do the lion share of my reading when I’m on the Skytrain or bus, this really cut into the amount of time I spent reading1. In addition, I didn’t really go on any vacations where I could do a bunch of reading and my kobo died and it took a little while before I bought a new one.
Also hampering my total is the fact that I started reading The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker, which 800+ pages long. I mean, it’s no Infinite Jest, but it’s still been taking me a looooong time to read it.
I do have a few books that I’ve read parts of, varying from almost all of the book to just a chapter, including2:
- Introducing Epigenetics: A Graphic Guide by Dr. Cath Ennis
- Evaluation Methodology Basics: The Nuts and Bolts of Sound Evaluation by Dr. E. Jane Davidson
- The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
- Foolproof Preserving: A Guide to Small Batch Jams, Jellies, Pickles, Condiments & More
I should probably finish some of them just to get my numbers up!
Plus I have a few that I have lined up to read, including:
- Ready Player One: A Novel
- Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School
- Vancouver is Ashes
- What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
Fortunately, I only have one week left of work for 2017 and then I’m on holidays and I’m really hoping I can get in some pleasure reading3.
- On the flip side, I listened to way more podcast, as I typically listen to podcasts when I’m driving. [↩]
- Full disclosure: All the things in this posting are Amazon affiliate links. That means if you click on them and then buy something, I get some cash. So you should totes do that because I like when I get cash! Seriously though, you should totally buy Introducing Epigenetics: A Graphic Guide by Dr. Cath Ennis because (a) it’s a very interesting book (from what I’ve read so far), (b) my friend Cath wrote it! But mostly because of (a)! [↩]
- I also have some serious vacationing planned for 2018, so hopefully I’ll get a strong start on my 2018 book reading goal! [↩]