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February 23: Ten Book I Enjoyed Recently (last yearish) That Weren’t My Typical Genre/Type of Book (or that was out of your comfort zone)
My comfort zone is fairly varied, so most of these are shades of atypical.
1. The Year Without Pants; Scott Berkun. Another memoir slightly outside my usual–the tech world, though it’s about WordPress, so it is writing related, too. Still an interesting behind-the-scenes peek.
2. The Whites; Harry Brandt. This was an audio-book, which I rarely listen to–they’re useful for long car rides, etc., but so slow. This one made me sad to turn the car off in a few high-tension spots!
3. You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost); Felicia Day. I do read memoirs, but not generally about internet celebrities who I’m only tangentially aware of. Go Dr. Horrible!
4. The Only Child; Guojing. Generally I only go as low as YA, because the younger the audience, the quicker I burn through a book. But I make exception for the truly interesting looking ones.
5. What If?; Randall Munroe. A bunch of really random scenarios, questions asked by various people. A lot more scientific than I generally read, but the effort put into the math is admirably.
6. Baking Cakes in Kigali; Gail Parkin. Generally speaking, when I read a book that addresses serious subjects, I want one that doesn’t gloss over them as this book does. It did capture a place pretty well, though.
7. Humans of New York; Brandon Stanton. I like following the site, but reading a random collection of strangers stories isn’t my usual thing. Like the site, there are some fascinating stories–tragedies and triumphs, though it works better is small pieces.
8. Brave Enough; Cheryl Strayed. A collection of quotes (which aren’t my usual fare) by the author of Wild, which I read and enjoyed. Just like in her longer work, there are some thoughts that stay with you.
9. Smarter Than You Think; Clive Thompson. A discussion about how technology has affected our brains isn’t the kind of book I’d usually pick up. But they way the brain works is always fasciantingly complex, if a little murky.
10. The Finest Hours; Michael Tougias & Casey Sherman. Though I do read books because they’re about to be a movie, I wouldn’t usually bother with a true account of a sea rescue, being less fond of the many ways nature can try to kill us. It was an impressive undertaking, though.