21/ For He Can Creep by Siobhan Carroll. This short story is for the cat lovers. Lovingly combining stereotypes and then going just a bit beyond.
22/ I (28M) created a deepfake girlfriend and now my parents think we’re getting married by Fonda Lee. Exactly what's on the tin.
23/ Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir. Hm. The first third was slow and muddled, and while it got MUCH better, it feels like Grimdark Flippant Protagonist no 23 has been done to death. It's a good setting, but setting isn't everything.
24/ Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving by Pete Walker. Says a lot of true things. Not immediately useful for me, but still recommended if you want to learn about cPTSD/PTSD/trauma.
25/ Don We Now Our Gay Apparel: Gay Men's Dress in the Twentieth Century by Shaun Cole. This book is a treasure. It explores gay history and culture by following clothing trends from Oscar Wilde to the 90s. Easy to read, well-sourced, incredibly in-depth.
26/ The Warlock in Spite of Himself by Christopher Stasheff. Really good setting. That's it, that was the good part. Apart from that, strong 60s sexism, blatant propaganda, self-insert hero. Not my kind of thing.
27/ Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh. Fairytale-style romance, very English. I enjoyed the (queer) characters and the writing, even though the standard hurt/comfort arc was maybe a little low on substance.
28/ Striding Folly by Dorothy L. Sayers. Three short stories. One fun, one meh, one whatever. Worth it for the fun one only if you're already invested in the universe.
29/ The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison. Fun, well-written Fantasy with strong characters and actual development. A bit predictable maybe, but the setting and writing make up for it.
30/ To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis. As good as advertised – even a bit better, it's in part targeted at people who had their heart broken by Gaudy Night, which I read just two weeks earlier. Dry humour, real characters and delightful banter.
31/ The Hierophant's Daughter by M.F. Sullivan. Dystopian cannibal vampires. Stopped reading a third of the way in due to the mix of unsympathetic characters, bleakness, and sudden infodumps.
32/ A Study in Winning by Jupiter_Ash. A Sherlock Holmes fanfic in … current day competitive tennis? I was following a personal recommendation and while it was formulaic, it executed the formula well.
33/ A Study in Doubles by Jupiter_Ash. I'm still confused about competitive tennis Sherlock Holmes, but apparently it worked well enough to read the second part.
34/ FINDING HIMSELF by Minisinoo. Still on a fanfic binge. Decent Harry Potter fanfic where Harry is not an idiot all the time. Might've been good if it hadn't clung to the romance arc.
35/ Digging for the Bones by paganaidd. Fanfic's like junk food. It's not great, but it's food, it's easily accessible, and it's easy to start a habit. This one's not bad, I just wish I'd space them out a bit.
36/ A Year Like None Other by Aspen in the Sunlight. Reading more recommended fan fiction. This one is interesting because of the absurd amount of words spent on processing emotions, as if balancing several lives of repression.
37/ A Summer Like None Other by Aspen in the Sunlight. Like the previous part, only that it doubles down on the excessive processing in unprecedented ways. Is this going somewhere?
38/ The Steerswoman by Rosemary Kirstein. I found my way back to real books, and what a relief! Excellent characters and worldbuilding, an eye for details, okay plot. Loved the mostly-female order of scientific truth seekers in a Fantasy world.
39/ A Family Like None Other by aspeninthesunlight. Indulged and finished the series. No, it was not going anywhere.
41/ Get Together: How to build a community with your people by Bailey Richardson. Not what I expected – it's focused on "communities" for corporate entities. Contains impressive collection of examples, but only positive ones, so yay for survivor bias.
43/ The Courage to Be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi. Excellent content semi-obscured behind impressive degrees of obnoxious writing. Punchable, yet useful. One of the most important books to me this year.
44/ All About Love: New Visions by bell hooks. This was me reading up on bell hooks. I'd have guessed a much earlier publication date. Good discussion of oppressive structures, but I did some heavy skipping around the Jesus parts.
46/ How to Solve It: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method by George Pólya. Good first 10%, and then more good advice hidden among neverending examples.
47/ The Inner Game of Tennis by W. Timothy Gallwey. Surprise Zen book! Excellent insight into dealng well with competitive situations. Also, good cues for anything that's a physical activity.
48/ Where Good Ideas Come from by Steven Johnson. tl;dr: Be playful, be prolific, facilitate accidents and clashes. Full with anecdotes that make no good arguments for the points the book tries to make, but are very enjoyable regardless.
50/ The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx. I had not expected to find a perfect description of startup culture, but here we are. Very readable and clarified some terms, like reactionary vs conservative socialism.
51/ If This Is a Man by Primo Levi. First-hand account of a year in Auschwitz. Nothing else to say: It is as painful as it is necessary.
52/ Models: Attract Women Through Honesty by Mark Manson. Some good advice, particularly if you are not interested in dating women. Less good for the target group. Take care not to get the first edition, please.
53/ The Tyranny of Metrics by Jerry Z. Muller. Good points about the dangers of metrics (particularly targeting metrics), tediously made.
54/ Descartes' Error by António R. Damásio. Not so groundbreaking now as it was 25 years ago when it was publised, but still a solid overview over the role of emotions in human thinking and reasoning.
55/ Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language by Gretchen McCulloch. Comprehensive and pleasant study of internet linguistics. The details about our very own inter-generational communications problems are notable and noted.
58/ The World of Poo by Terry Pratchett. An adorable Discworld book, really. As Ankh-Morpork adventures go, definitely better than some of the very early ones.
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