With a goal of reading at least 25 books in 2017, below is what I've covered so far. I'm working to do reviews and ratings of these books and discuss the articles, podcasts.
One of my favorite books in a while. Stayed up all night finishing the book! Chris writes about his experience from a humble standpoint. You can really notice it in his writing - the way the stories flow, he shares a lesson with the reader and discusses how he came about to realizing it through his experiences no matter how small or big. It's raw, real and everything your inner child needs to read.
I read this several times in senior year but given the current state of political affairs, it felt natural to read it again. I think its fair to say, having analyzed and written essays on this book but coming back to it a few years later still had some surprises. You remember the old but you catch something new, or it jumps out at you and you are able to empathize to it more because of Trump's policies.
Also read during senior year but it resurfaced again to compare women's role in modern society. Without giving away too much, Offred was everything I wanted her to be in the patriarchal society. An intellectual woman who lost everything and didn't know what to do about her circumstance. I was vividly able to put myself in her shoes and create a mind palace, constantly stopping myself to ask what I would have done.
Read around March 2017, when for some unknown reason I was feeling angry and displaying an aggressive personality. This book resonated with me in that mindset. One should not wear their emotions on their sleeve.
Another book I pulled an all nighter for. Satire mixed with suspense and I was sure the ending was going to surpass my expectations. And boy, did it!
The typical book about the childhood loss of innocence sprinkled with details of sex slavery and drugs. It's what you'd expect - no surprises.
Imaginative but tediously detailed, it became boring halfway through. Ended up skimming through the pages to get the jist of the story. Looking forward to the movie though.
"Only 2?" you ask. Sure, the book talked about how the culture at Google was embellished and encouraged. It was boring. Maybe because I read it during a period in my life where anyone ever talks about is how important the culture of a company is so you don't burn out or your creatives juices don't stop flowing. Meh.
WANT TO READ
• Ed Catmull - Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration
I religiously live off this advice. Discovered it through some retweet in 2015 (IIRC) and as a hot-headed teenager, it definitely stuck. As Taryn puts it, "Fight for what you really want, compromise when you have to or when it makes sense to. And when you do, be gracious about it."
• Venkatesh Rao on The Three Types of Decision Makers, Mental Models, and How to Process Information