Monthly Archives:: December 2011

I Can Haz Books?

December 28, 2011 Uncategorized 0

My books came in!  I also stopped by the non-fiction section and picked up some books for the challenge:

005 – The Art of Deception – one of the very few books in this section I’d want to read all the way through, as most are tutorials for computer programs and programming.  This book is written by a hacker and describes the “most serious security weakness – human nature”.  Supposedly like reading a mystery novel.

006 – Click – this section includes books on “special computer methods”, mostly stuff on artificial intelligence.  Click describes the results of data-mining the information we share online, but seems less dry than that description makes it sounds.  Reminds me a little of Freakonomics – both authors search through seemingly unconnected data for conclusions about human nature.

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Home for the Holidays

December 27, 2011 Uncategorized 0

This weekend I finished the next two books in the Raine Benares series, which I started reviewing in my last post, and I’ve kind of been at loose ends ever since.  And by “at loose ends” I mean in danger of finishing the entire third season of Merlin in 2 or 3 days!  Hopefully the final two books in the series will come in at the library soon, although I think I may go get books for 005 and 006 today either way.  Either that or I’ll have to purloin some of the books my little brother got for Christmas…  In the meantime, I hope everyone is having a wonderful break or at least not having too difficult of a time getting back to work :)

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Bookends Before the Holidays

December 24, 2011 Uncategorized 0

This week Bookends will just be two books, since I spent most (10 hours!)  of Thursday driving to my parents’ house for the holidays.  Next time I must get some audio books, because otherwise I’ll spend the whole time wishing reading while driving was a viable option!  Anyway, I hope everyone enjoys these reviews and has a wonderful holiday :) Read more »

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The Black Swan

December 21, 2011 non-fiction 0

From the beginning, I could tell this book was going to be tough going.  I’ve read several similar books attacking conventional wisdom, including Freakonomics (right before starting this project) and Wrong (reviewed here).  Of the three, this book was by far the least conversational and most intellectual (ie most difficult to read!).    The book took a lot of time to make a few simple points.  There were also many chapters that started with anecdotes not clearly related to the subject of the book.  This gives the disorienting sensation of having walked into a room and realizing you don’t remember why you decided to head to that room in the first place! Read more »

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The Books Are Winning

December 20, 2011 Uncategorized 1

Yesterday I was in the library for twenty minutes and left with 9 books.  I even know how it happened.  First, I was just going to pick up a book in the 003’s (Systems) and the 004’s (Data Processing and Computer Science), so I did – easily grabbing just the one book which stood out to me in each section.  Then I thought, surely my blog readers would like to hear a little about why I picked the books I did and it should be easy enough to write about the very few other books available. Read more »

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Bookends – Continuing Series and The Secret

December 18, 2011 Uncategorized 0

Current Fiction Readings

I found the most awesome website this week, called lendle.me, which allows kindle users to lend each other books!  Courtesy of some other very nice “lendlers” (as the site calls us), I was able to read both Catching Fire and Mockingjay this week, finishing the Hunger Games trilogy.  I was planning on waiting for my monthly free book which I can borrow as a member of amazon prime, so I was thrilled to be able to read them sooner!  I’ve even been putting off starting other fiction books so I wouldn’t interrupt my involvement in the series.  Yes, I was that drawn into it. Read more »

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It’s Got Character

December 15, 2011 Biography, non-fiction 2

I really enjoyed the way The Man Who Loved Books Too Much was written.  The author’s style was very conversational and she did a nice job of blending descriptions of her own experience with those of her two “main characters” the book dealer/detective and the thief.  I really enjoyed her attempts to understand why so many people love and collect rare books, including dabbling in collecting herself.  As she concludes, a lot of people build an identity out of the books they collect.  For that reason, I very much enjoyed her descriptions of the collectors she met, the sort of books they collected and the the reasons for their collections.    The book was definitely less of a thriller or a mystery than I though it might be, but there were a few moments of tense anticipation and certainly lots of curiosity about what might happen next.  As Erik Larson said in his own review, it really was “the author’s cozy, quiet style” which kept me turning the pages on this one.  I felt like a friend was relating a story to me. Read more »

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Doing the Two’s

December 14, 2011 Uncategorized 0

Section two is a very meta section, containing only books about books.  I expected this section to be horribly dry to get through, with many books of books reviews and recommendations.  But I was pleasantly surprised to find many interesting books about the history of books and the value of reading.  In fact, I hadn’t looked very far before one book in particular caught my eye: The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession.  How fun!  A true story about a crime of passion – a passion for books.  I have high hopes for this one!

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001 – The First Book!

December 12, 2011 non-fiction 0

One book down, only about 998 to go!  Wrong – Why Experts Keep Failing Us And How To Know When Not To Trust Them was a really interesting a read, a good start to the project :)  What shocked me most in the book was the finding that 2 in 3 high-end research papers are later refuted by other papers!  As someone who will probably cite other scientists work a lot and perhaps pursue time-consuming projects based on this work, I found this kind of terrifying. Read more »

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Bookends

December 11, 2011 Uncategorized 0

Bookends is going to be a segment of this blog at the end of every week, where I’ll write a little about books other than those I’m reading for the project.  This will include books in a number not chosen, books I’ve already read for a given number and fiction books I’m currently reading.   I also feel I should preface this post with the disclaimer that I really am under 25 years old and that the use of words like “hokum” and “humbug” will probably be unusual in this blog, although they do both appear in this post!  Oh, another disclaimer…  At the end of every post, there will be a summary of the book reviews in the post, in case you don’t want to read my ramblings to get them :) Read more »

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