Six Month Recommendations

I’m a huge fan of audiobooks, as they’re a great way for a dyslexic like me to enjoy more books than I’d ever be able to read. I’m also a fan of ebooks, as being able to control the font size and choice helps as well. But there’s a handful of books I’ve listened to this year, that even after three, four, six months, I’m still thinking about, talking about, and recommending to others. Here’s a fiction and non-fiction recommendation.

At the moment, I’m working my way through Jack Campbell’s The Lost Fleet. It’s different from most of the other space opera mil-sf I’ve read in years past, I think owing to the focus on light-speed lag and restraint in military actions. Geary is a character who has to fight against the evils he sees in his own fleet and military organization as well as a heartless foe chasing them from system to system. At the halfway point of the series now, and it’s all I can do to keep from re-arranging my listening schedule to jump back in and finish the story.

Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport seems to have made it to just about everyone’s reading list this year. Even though I’m already deep into minimalism and taking a break from technology, it’s been a great read for seeing other people’s examples of removing technological dependence. There’s still parts of his work (everything he does has this) that strike me as a little too ivory-tower/sensical only from an lifelong academic’s viewpoint. And since this topic has blown up this year, much of the book’s main points you can find online, on Medium, etc. However, Newport’s writing is engaging and it’s never a bad idea to reinforce the themes using multiple sources.