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2022

Thinkin in Systems: A Primer - Donnella Meadows
  • Summary: This was a little more technical than I was hoping, and as such I didn’t finish it. The implications of this book, however, for natural resource management, the global economy, and other issues I teach about in my Human Geography class is really useful.
What Saint Paul Really Said - N.T. Wright
  • Summary: There were parts of this book I really liked, but on the whole, I really didn’t grasp it well. Admittedly, I didn’t finish it either. That said, I really love Wright’s candid, down-to-earth writing style, and I want to read more of his books.
The End of Policing - Alex Vitale
  • Summary: I read this to understand the ‘defund the police’ movement. There is nothing controversial in this book.
Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage - Alfred Lansing
  • Summary: A gripping story of survival
Death by Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandries - Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Summary: I loved the short chapter format of this book as someone with no knowledge of astrophysics
Portlandness: A Cultural Atlas - David Banis and Hunter Shobe
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Breakfast of Champions or Goodbye Blue Monday - Kurt Vonnegut
  • Summary: One of my all-time favorite fiction books. Themes of environmentalism, non-violence, free will, and absurdism.
Cat’s Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut
  • Summary: Not my favorite Vonneget book but still worth reading.
Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut
  • Summary: This was not what I was expecting but I enjoyed it.

2021

1984 - George Orwell
  • Summary: This book really shook me up. A depressing read for sure; his non-fiction book Homage to Catalonia is required reading before this one.
Travesty in Haiti: A true account of Christian missions, orphanages, food aid, fraud, and drug trafficking - Timothy Schwartz
  • Summary: Most mind-bending read of all time.
A confederacy of dunces - John Kennedy Toole
  • Summary: A great description of New Orleans through fiction.
Early Retirement Extreme - Jacob Lund Fisker
  • Summary: Surprisingly technical and resourceful read.
We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families: Stories from Rwanda - Phillip Gourevitch
  • Summary: A depressing but incredibly important book.
Dune - Frank Herbert
  • Summary: I understand this better after watching the movie.
There’s no such thing as bad weather: A Scandinavian Mom’s Secrets for Raising Healthy, Resilient, and Confident Kids (from Friluftsliv to Hygge) - Linda Åkeson McGurk
  • Summary: This book has had a major impact on my parenting. Kids need to be outside, get dirty, fall down, and brave the elements.
Amusing ourselves to death: Public discourse in the age of Show Business - Neil Postman
  • Summary: One of my favorite books of all time. A must read.
The scandal of the evangelical mind - Mark Noll
  • Summary: A bit heavier than I expected but some great history of the war on intellectualism in the church.
Chasing new horizons: Inside the first epic mission to Pluto - Alan Stern and David Grinspoon
  • Summary: A fascinating read on an incredible scientific project.
Solaris - Stanislaw Lem
  • Summary: A refreshingly different take on science fiction.
The two cultures and the scientific revolution - C.P. Snow
  • Summary: Meh. More about the inudstrial revolution than the scientific revolution, but in his defense this was written before the academic scientific revolution.

2020

Metamorphasis - Franz Kafka
  • Summary: The weirdest book I’ve ever read.
Krakatoa: The day the world exploded - Simon Winchester
  • Summary: Awesome book about the history of plate tectonics and the loudest event in recorded human history.
The old man and the sea - Ernest Hemingway
  • Summary: A classic.
Rest: Why you get more done when you work less - Alex Soojung-Kim Pang
  • Summary: A near life changing book for me. Confirmed many things about the nature of work that I was suspecting but learned through trial and error.
Bullshit jobs: A theory - David Graeber
  • Summary: One of my all-time favorites. Perhaps the second most mind-bending read of my life.
Jesus for President: Politics for ordinary radicals - Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw
  • Summary: One of the most important books about Christianity I’ve ever read. Gives me hope for the faith.
Myth of a Christian nation: Why the quest for political power is destroying the church - Greg Boyd
  • Summary: Not as juicy as I was hoping, but many good points in here nonetheless.
The fall of the faculty: The rise of the all administrative university and why it matters - Benjamin Ginsberg
  • Summary: A must-read for new faculty members wanting to understand the incomprehensible administrative landscape of universities.
Arguing with zombies: Economics, politics, and the fight for a better future - Paul Krugman
  • Summary: I was expecting an academic book rather than a popular book.
Economic facts and fallacies - Thomas Sowell
  • Summary: Meh.
Subversion of Christianity - Jacques Ellul
  • Summary: A bit too theory heavy for me but a refreshing perspective nonetheless

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