A Snapshot of my Reading Life: January 2015

ReadingThis week I’ve been working my way through reading the biography, Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. It’s a tough read for me – not because of writing style, but simply because Steve Jobs was such an absolute jerk. And I’m being polite. He was really awful to so many people, for that reason, I’d rather not read this book. However, the history of Apple and of personal computers is interesting to me, so I’m reading it – I just have to keep taking breaks. And in those reading breaks today I discovered:

  • The complete works of H.P. Lovecraft, for free, online. Sadly, prior to today, I had never read anything by Lovecraft, and I see that as a huge gaping hole in my reading life. I remedied this today by reading The Tomb (published 1917) and was astonished! It’s a page turner, and not at all what I was expecting. I shall be reading more of Lovecraft soon, as I now have his entire collection on my Kindle.
  • The blog “101 Books,” by one very determined reader to read (and review) his way through Time’s 100 Greatest Novels (plus Ulysses). Many of the books on that list are ones I have been planning to read, and his reviews are excellent. In fact, I discovered this blog today while attempting to find any other lost souls who are also bored by Virginia Woolf. I tried to read To the Lighthouse. I did. I really, really did. However, I am done trying now, and I appreciate Robert Bruce’s honesty about what he thinks about Virginia Woolf (thank you, you kind soul sir). Anyway, I have bookmarked his list of reviews and plan to read more of them, they are quite enjoyable.
  • A Knowledge Junky’s Heaven in Open Culture – the best free cultural and educational media on the web. I knew about this site, but for some reason, forgot about it. Talk about a tragedy. I spent over an hour browsing the various goodies found here and all I can say is, be sure to make sure you have time before you visit. One of my favorite finds from today was the Commonsense Composition textbook from CK-12, but there are endless treasures to be enjoyed on Open Culture.

Are any of you as tired and cold as I am? I’m ready for Spring now. Any day now.

7 thoughts on “A Snapshot of my Reading Life: January 2015

  1. I have pretty much the same view of Steve Jobs – and I’ve had the Jobs book for a couple of years, and still not read it – for the same reason.

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    1. I’m only about 1/4 of the way through it so far, but I think it’s worth recommending to anyone who is interested in the history of personal computing. It’s hard not to roll your eyes and sigh through quite a bit of it, but what makes this book valuable, are the other stories. What people did around Steve Jobs, and what they pulled off.

      Jobs had the vision, and the whip. Those who responded – succeeded in ways no one thought possible (often including themselves). I never would have thought reading about the creation of computer fans or power supplies would be interesting, but the stories are quite fascinating. And Woz… wow. I plan to read the book iWoz soon. Now HE is an amazing guy.

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      1. I’ve read iWoz – it’s very, very good. The best books about the history of the valley are “Hackers” by Stephen Levy, and “Accident Empires” by Robert X Cringely – they are both brilliant.


      2. I meant to write “Accidental Empires”… (ever have that thing where you’re so excited to write something, your fingers actually write something entirely different?)


      3. Ha! Thanks for the recommendations. I actually HAVE Hackers by Stephen Levy in my Kindle Library. Sheesh, why haven’t I read it?! I may read that next, and I’ll check out Accidental Empires as well (it looks like a great read). Thank you!

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