On 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 on Apple Books, Kindle, Audible or even on 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, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now he is sure he will be the first person 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 alone, with no way of signaling to Earth that he is alive – and also if he could spread the word, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. It is likely, however, that he will not have time to starve. Damaged machinery, a ruthless environment or simple “human error” are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Relying on 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?
Buy it on Apple Books, Kindle or Audible.
y Player One
y Player One was released in 2011, but I didn’t do it until 2016. It was one of the first books I did, and I also listened to it while cutting the grass. It has also been turned into a film, but the book is much better. It is a book that those who grew up playing video games will love.
It’s 2044, and the real world is an ugly place. Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes its grim environment 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 only one 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 anyone who can unlock them. For years, millions of people have struggled to reach this price, only knowing that Halliday’s puzzles are based on the pop culture he loved – that of the late 20th century. And for years, millions of people have found another way to escape from this quest, retreating into a joyful and obsessive study of Halliday icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is also comfortable debating finesse …