Now Consuming

This page is a branch of Rao’s page. I track what I consume from radar-to-read in my pipeline. I try to update this on a monthly basis.

I predominantly consume Audiobooks. Note: a denotes audio consumption, and ‘v‘ denotes visual consumption (v‘s will often fall into the slow track). Texts with a strikethrough I did not finish. Notation: – – , – , + , ++; indicate a vague union of my enjoyment, the text’s quality, and if I’ve remembered it.

Between December to mid-April I only consumed non-fiction (except M Train), and I blame King for my fiction-exhaustion. Since April I have only consumed fiction, and come July I have decided to read only non-fiction. I expect this to repeat in a quarterly fashion.

Recently Finished (Jul –  )

  • Eliezer Yudkowsky, Rationality: From AI to Zombies (v) ++

    • This text took more than 12 months to finish due to its size, complexity, and it being visual.
  • Mark Manson, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck (a) –

Finished (Apr – Jun)

  • Neil Gaiman, American Gods (a) +
  • Cormac McCarthy, The Road (a) –
  • Orson Scott Card, Speaker for the Dead (a) ++
  • David Mitchell, The Bone Clocks (a)
  • David Mitchell, Slade House (a) +
  • Neil Gaiman, Stardust (a) +
  • Jim Butcher, Storm Front (a) –
  • Pierce Brown, Red Rising (a) +
  • David Wong, John Dies at the End (a) – –
  • Neil Gaiman, Neverwhere (a) +
  • Peter Thiel, Zero to One (a) +
  • Janet Hardy, The Ethical Slut (a) ++
  • Anders Ericsson, Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise (a) ++
  • Patti Smith, M Train (a) +

Finished, Archive (Oct 16 Mar 17)

Reading, Fast Track

  • Elizabeth Kolbert, Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History (a)

Reading, Slow Track

  • Eliezer Yudkowsky, Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality (v)
  • Mark Rippetoe, Starting Strength (v)

Waiting

  • Sarah Perry, Every Cradle is a Grave (v)
  • Raoul Martinez, Creating Freedom Power, Control and the Fight for Our Future (a)
  • Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Gene: An Intimate History (a)
  • Gretchen Bakke, The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future (a)
  • Randall Munroe, Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words (v)
  • Darrell Huff, How To Lie With Statistics (a)
  • Dale Carnegie, How To Win Friends And Influence People (a)
  • Jon Ronson, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed (a)
  • Marie Kondo, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (a)

  • Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale (a)
  • Don and Alex Tapscott, Blockchain Revolution (a)

On Radar

  • Pierre Bayard, How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read (v)
  • Venkatesh G. Rao, Being Selfish (v)
  • Yaa Gyasi, Homegoing
  • Neal Stephenson, Seveneves
  • Sonia Shah, The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years
  • Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
  • Yuval Noah Harari, Homo Deus
  • Nick Lane, The Vital Question
  • Richard Koch, The 80/20 Principle

Tracking

I have been compiling my time I spend reading each day, and how often I finish texts. So far it spans 2 months. Prior to 12 months ago I was reading 3 books a year (aside from my textbooks), until I picked up Audiobooks. I’ll update with some visual data at the end of the month (Dec) – I’ll get on to it soon.

I lost a month’s worth of tracked data in December, leaving me with only half October and all of November. Disheartened, I haven’t been tracking my reading since. I do plan on making it easier for me to record – and using the November data. But I doubt it. I could research how long each audiobook length is and then divide by the months.

A foreseeable way of tracking my consumption is by the length of each book. However, I often play it at 1.1x – 1.3x the recorded speed. I may produce estimates in the future. Hopes of recording my consuming/day and the action undertaking at the same time is too demanding.

Last updated: 04/07/2017