Sunday, I released a list of my favorite podcasts of the decade. Podcasts are an important part of my entertainment “diet”, but another that has become just as important. In 2019, I have 69 pounds. In a noisy world, ing has become my favorite activity to calm my brain. For my last decade, I wanted to give you my favorite books of the year. Whether you are Apple Books, Kindle, Audible or even paper, I think you will enjoy these books.
The Martian has become an annual meeting for me. It started out as a blog book, but the author then wrapped it up as a Kindle book, and it took off. It was even made into a film a few years ago.
Six days ago, astraut Mark Watney became e of the first people to walk Mars. Now he is sure he will be the first pers to die there. After a dust storm almost kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking he is dead, Mark finds himself blocked and completely ale, with no way of signaling to Earth that he is alive – and also if he could spread the word, his supplies would be ge lg before a rescue could arrive. It is likely, however, that he will not have time to starve. Damaged machinery, a ruthless envirment or simple “human error” are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Relying his ingenuity, his engineering skills – and a relentless and obstinate refusal to quit smoking – he resolutely faces an apparently insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?
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It’s 2044, and the real world is an ugly place. Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes its grim envirment by spending its waking hours sunk in OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that allows you to be whatever you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love with any of the 10,000 planets. And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the ly e to discover the ultimate lottery ticket hiding in this virtual world. Somewhere inside this gigantic networked playground, the creator of OASIS, James Halliday, has hidden a series of diabolical puzzles that will bring massive fortune – and remarkable power – to anye who can unlock them. For years, millis of people have struggled to reach this price, ly knowing that Halliday’s puzzles are based the pop culture he loved – that of the late 20th century. And for years, millis of people have found another way to escape from this quest, retreating into a joyful and obsessive study of Halliday ics. Like many of his ctemporaries, Wade is also comfortable debating finesse …