January Reads

Screen Shot 2016-02-01 at 1.01.22 PM.pngMy goal is to read 52 books in 2016. Here are the January reads:

  1. One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez)
  2. Strangers Drowning (Larissa MacFarquhar)
    • Highly recommend. If you’re interested in etiological/genealogical critiques of beliefs, it’s an unexpected must-read. In multiple stories you see how effective altruists seem especially concerned when they realize that if they had been, for instance, raised in a different country or with a different family what they believe would be different. They often respond to this revelation by immediately abandoning their own beliefs. Given the sort of god’s eye view utilitarians are disposed to take, this makes some sense (though it’s still surprising to read about).
  3. Middlemarch (George Eliot)
    • Truly incredible, written with exceptional compassion. I have pages of quotes I wrote out, and even more pages of notes.
  4. All the Light We Cannot See (Anthony Doerr)
    • A fast and lovely read. Pulitzer Prize for Fiction winner.
  5. Morality: An Introduction to Ethics (Bernard Williams)
    • This was mentioned in a very thoughtful article I read so I ordered it straight away. A quick read. Clever, moves quickly (sometimes too quickly).
  6. The Business of Books (André Schiffrin)
    • Written by the founder of The New Press. Interesting perspective on changes in the publishing industry. Another quick read.
  7. A History of the Oxford University Press, Vol. I (Harry Carter)
    • Run. Away. It’s somewhere between a reference book and what I imagined – a readable overview of the history of the OUP. It was a slog. Fragmented and assumes lots of prior knowledge. The Appendix is exceptional. Not to be read straight through.

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