2021 by the books
I love reading and want to finish more books. Last year I read 36 books and my goal this year is 52 books. Inspired by these simple reading hacks, every Sunday I will select a new book (marked in bold). The book I’m reading that week I will divide the total page count by seven and visually mark out what I need to finish that day. An experiment!
- Beyond Earth
- Diary of an Apprentice Astronaut
- Python Crash Course
- David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell
- Start with the classic three thousand year old confrontation and explore how so much greatness and beauty in our world arises from these lopsided contests. Yet we consistently misread these events. What appears to be strength can also be the source of great weaknesses, and perceived weakness can possess real strength. When you think I know how this story turns out, the author comes back Not so fast … An exercise in discovering strength in unlikely places, and being skeptical of foregone conclusions.
- The Doors of Eden by Adrian Tchaikovsky
- The story of parallel Earths where rewinding the story of Life and letting it run again (and again) leads to very different outcomes, and the separation between the worlds is starting to collapse.
- The Hidden Nazi: The Untold Story of America’s Deal With The Devil by Dean Reuter, Colm Lowery, Keith Chester
- Life and crimes of SS General Hans Kammler, who I became interested in not only because he was Wernher Von Braun’s boss at the end of the war, being in charge of the V-2 rocket project, but effectively all of Nazi Germany’s wuderwaffen (secret miracle weapons). Kammler is an almost unknown figure in Second World War history, which is surprising when you consider the sheer enormity of his crimes and the reach of his power. Well, there are reasons for that as the book reveals.