What I read this month

It was an unexpectedly bountiful month to wrap a banner year in reading. It certainly wasn’t without its passes and disappointments–five books started and stopped? Ugh.–but there was plenty of enjoyment to be found as well.

Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now – Jaron Lanier
Horizon – Scott Westerfeld
The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck – Mark Manson
A Spy in the House – Y.S. Lee
The Dreaming Place – Charles De Lint

Infinite Detail – Tim Maughan
Dead City – James Ponti
Seventh Grade vs. the Galaxy – Joshua S. Levy
Black Leopard Red Wolf – Marlon James
The Green Glass Sea – Ellen Klages

Zeroes – Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, Deborah Biancotti

Ten Arguments is something that you should read right now if you’re still on commercial social media like Facebook and Twitter by choice (vs. those who’d rather not be but have to be for work, etc.) It explains in pretty easy to grasp terms how their algorithms operate in order to keep users engaged and literally addicted to their sites. It’s bad news, and you deserve better.

I hadn’t read any Charles De Lint in years, but I was reminded out of the blue how much I enjoyed his writing, so I looked up where his urban fantasy material started, and A Dreaming Place was it. You can tell its his earlier work, but it’s still an engaging (if quick) story.

I’m re-reading Zeroes–which is no small feat, given its size and how rarely I re-read books–because I realized it’s been so long since I read/enjoyed it the first time that the two subsequent books of the series have been written and published, so time for a quick (“quick”) refresher before I get into the others, which are already waiting for me in my never-empty/often growing stack of books to be read.

It’s been a great year in precious few ways, but definitely so as far as my enjoyment of reading goes. I’m looking forward to 2021 in myriad ways (so say we all), and as always, that includes what new books I’ll get to indulge in.

Happy New Year, all.

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