Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual

Author: Michael Pollan
Book published: 2008
Rating: 4
Finished on: 2019/01/07

The follow up to the book and film documentary which gives a few practical hints. I still like the main premise the most:

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. This was the bottom line, and it was satisfying to have found it, a piece of hard ground deep down at the bottom of the swamp of nutrition science: seven words of plain English, no biochemistry degree required.

My Year in Books, 2018

For the past few years I’ve taken part in the Goodreads Reading Challenge setting myself the target of reading at least 25 books over the course of the year. This year I haven’t quite hit my goal, but I’ve still enjoyed a good year of reading. The books have mostly been fiction this year, with a couple of non‐fiction books finding their way in. This is the first year I’ve managed to make some kind of a log of the books I’ve read on this blog which I wanted to round up in a single post for easy reference in the future.

Wool (Silo, No. 1) by Hugh Howey
WOOL is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the people who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.

Author: Hugh Howey
Book published: 2012
Finished on: 09/08/2108
Rating: ★★★★☆

It took me a bit to get into this book, but once I did I found it becoming more and more engaging. An enjoyable read.

The Black Dahlia (L.A. Quartet No.1) by James Ellroy (James Ellroy)
In this fictionalized treatment of a real case, Bucky Bleichert and Lee Blanchard, both L.A. cops obsessed with the Black Dahlia, journey through the seamy underside of Hollywood to the core of the dead girl’s twisted life.

Author: James Ellroy
Book published: 1987
Finished on: 2018/06/30
Rating: ★★★★☆

Deputy

Author: E.R. Dallow
Book published: 2018
Rating: 4
Finished on: 2018/05/13

📚 Morning Star (Red Rising Trilogy, #3)

Author: Pierce Brown
Published: 2016
Rating: ★★★★☆
Finished on: 31/03/2018

The third book of the original trilogy – which has now turned into a saga with book 4 published and 5 on the way – was a an interesting read. I enjoyed some of the plot twists and particularly liked the ending. As a trilogy, I’d say they are definitely worth a read if you enjoy the fantasy sci‐fi genre.

📚 Golden Son (Red Rising Saga, #2)

Author: Pierce Brown
Published: 2015
Rating: ★★★★☆
Finished on: 07/03/2018

Unusually the second book in the Red Rising series kept up the pace of the first one. I’ve read some other series of books which involve revolutions, and the second book is often a slower read acting as a cue for the third books final battle. Less so with Golden Son, and it included a few twists which I didn’t expect.

📚 Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

Author: Susan Cain
Published: 2012
Rating: ★★★★★
Finished on: 13/02/2018

I don’t normally read psychology related books, but this one caught my attention and intrigued me a great deal. I’m an introvert, multiple Myers Briggs tests tell me I’m an INFJ—the rarest of them all—and for a few years I’ve struggled with how to harness my personality to work for me as a freelance designer.

The book is a fascinating read and one which I recommend introverts and extraverts read, it will help both personality types understand each other a bit more. What was most interesting to me is some of the chapters about the effects of our culture on introverted children and how that affects their ability to learn and progress in life. Also of real interest were the chapters about faking extraversion to help overcome some of the issues many introverts battle, I’m still mulling over some of the strategies that were highlighted, especially those in regard to running your own business.

This is a book I will be returning to in the future, I’m already looking to grab a copy of my own for such a time.

📚 Red Rising (Red Rising Saga, #1)

Author: Pierce Brown
Published: 2014
Rating: ★★★★☆
Finished on: 10/02/2018

At the start of the year I needed a new fiction series to read, and I’d seen this one recommended on a few sites so I decided to give it a go. I quite enjoyed it, the story was entertaining and I found myself engaging with the characters well. What I liked about this book was the mixture of settings that allows the reader to put their imagination to work building these different environments. It provided a good way of shutting my brain down at the end of the day. What’s most telling is that I’ve made a start on the second book in the series, that’s usually a good sign that I enjoyed the first.

The Crossway ESV Heirloom Single Column Legacy Bible ›

I’ve never read a review of a Bible before, so when Joshua Ginter mentioned he would be posting one recently my interest was piqued. This week I finally got round to reading his review of the Crossway ESV Heirloom Single Column Legacy Bible. It’s not just a really interesting read, it’s also a beautiful visual essay as well. I’m a big fan of Joshua’s photographic reviews, and this one certainly does the new ESV Heirloom justice. Hopefully one day I’ll be in the market for Bible like this.

Habits of Grace

After my posts and thinking about discipline last week, on Sunday I decided to order Habits of Grace by David Mathis. It arrived yesterday and the study guide that goes with it is set to arrive either tomorrow or Friday.

It’s a book that’s been on my radar for a while both for it’s subject matter, and if I’m being honest, it’s design. I’ve resisted buying it in the past because I’m aware I already have a large pile of books to I’ve yet to read, but having spent some time in prayer, reading, and thinking around this subject I decided it was time to get my finger out and order it.

I’m looking forward to diving in over the next month, all to often it’s easy to start grinding things like discipline in terms of hobbies and passions. As a Christian grounding the desire for discipline and self control in God and my faith is of far greater importance. Doing that is far easier to say than it is to do, and so I’m hoping that this book, along with building momentum by writing here on my blog will help that muscle of discipline grow into more areas of my life.