2017 Book Recommendations
Posted on December 21st, 2017
Goodreads made this list from my reading, but here are my direct recommendations:
- Changing Lenses: a life-altering introduction to Restorative Justice.
- Weapons of Math Destruction: this book about big data misuse was a great resource for my talk on big data security (indybigdatasecurity.com).
- Conflict is not Abuse: A nuanced, challenging, imperfect, and incredibly important book about how we respond to conflict, and how trauma- and supremacy-based anxieties affect those responses.
- How to Win Friends and Influence People: classic advice, though some of the examples haven’t aged well.
- The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: introduces them well with a story, ends with a good reference to the ideas.
- Reviving Old Scratch: Richard Beck of Experimental Theology addresses the tendency towards secular humanism within progressive theology.
- The No Asshole Rule: good advice for how to prevent (or deal with) bad workplaces.
- Getting to “Yes": classic negotiation advice.
- Utopia of Rules: a philosophical exploration of our relationship with bureaucracy.
- Irresistible Revolution: an autohagiography of radical christian experiments. For a more heroic everyday method for Christian living, see: Stranger God.
- The Dispossessed: This is a wonderful take on sci-fi that explores work, societies, and beliefs. Our means are our ends.
- The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear: beautiful bardic fantasy. (These were re-reads)
- The Seventh Princess: I’m amazed this fantasy book for children isn’t still in publication.
- Fight Club: strange writing style, but better than the movie. Really good, assuming you read both the problems and “solutions" as satire.
- Warbreaker: this is my favorite Cosmere/Sanderson book. (This was a re-read)
- Slaughterhouse Five: so it goes, but it doesn’t have to.
- The Handmaid’s Tale: maybe this time a dystopian work will warn us off?
- The Rise and Fall of DODO: almost as good as Anathem.
- The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive take a long time to get going, but end up being worth it. If you’re reading Stormlight Archive and missed the novella, get lifted up by this bit of awesome: Edgedancer.
- The Butcher of Anderson Station: read this novella after the first Expanse book.
- Dragonsong: this was my first Pern experience, and it was really good.
What are your recommendations?