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I love reading, sometimes in physical books and other times on my Kobo eReader when it's more convenient. In general I try to do the hip thing of shopping at local bookstores and avoiding DRM books but I'm not perfect. Sometimes ordering from Amazon at half the price/delivery time is just too tempting (see more on this topic here).

This book altered my thinking about the way modern society runs, specifically regarding our relationship with nature and resources. I really enjoyed the distinction between those who are Takers and those who are Leavers. The former make up our society as of the agricultural revolution, as we decided that the world and its resources should be ours for the taking. The latter are those who have lived alongside nature, being a member of its ranks rather than an external actor trying to conquer it to its desires.

Evan Prodromou, one of the creators of the ActivityPub protocol, recommended this book on during a discussion of how Mastodon is currently a rare force of decentralization in a media platform. The book does a great job providing the history behind the cycles of centralization and decentralization of mediums in the past. I agree with Evan, the book is well worth your time.

When one of my friends recommended this book, he told me "you don't really read it for any plot; moreso the vibes." I second his advice: approach this book with a mind open to absurdity and humor. You might like where it takes you.

If you enjoy Talking To My Daughter About The Economy this book is an excellent follow up. Varoufakis delivers his vision for a more democratic and just economic system via a scifi tale that keeps what may otherwise be a relatively dry subject quite interesting and fun to read.

Those who have read critiques of capitalism in the past may not learn many new details from this book, however the approachable way Yanis articulates economic concepts is incredibly powerful and novel. I think this book is worthwhile and entertaining for anybody to read- no matter their experience with economics.

Why is it that, as we've increased the amount of automation in our economy, we're still working ourselves to death? This book gives some great arguments for why private enterprise doesn't always offer the perfect efficiency advantages that its proponents claim.

Inspired my post on illegibility in tech.

One of thoses books that I read in high school and hated at the time but thoroughly enjoyed reading as an adult.

Very interesting to hear about the experiences that would serve as the foundation for Orwell's later novels. Also fascinating to learn about the brief period of a seemingly classless society formed in Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War.

The travelogue of 100 Rabbits sailing from Japan to Vancouver.

I'm a sucker for Andy Weir novels and this one is no exception. I love the way he strikes a balance between fantasy and a believable reality.

This book is beautiful but it is in no way uplifting- reader beware.

If you even have the smallest desire to open a restaurant you should probably read this book first.

A short (100 pgs) and very approachable introduction to the ideas behind Marxism.

Presents a compelling argument for smaller political entities rather than large empires.

An amazing photojournal and travelogue exploring a Japanese comfort food: pizza toast.