A quiet month here on the blog, especially notable when the last post was January’s reading list… I’ve been busy enough reading and here are the books for the past month:

  • Watching the Door: A Memoir 1971-78 by Kevin Myers
  • Pills, Powder, and Smoke by Antony Loewenstein
  • How to Have Impossible Conversations by Peter Boghossian and James Lindsay
  • Still You Sleep by Kate Vane°
  • The Socialist Manifesto by Bhaskar Sunkara
  • Rose’s Strategy of Preventive Medicine by Geoffrey Rose
  • Utopia for Realists by Rutger Bregman
  • Mindf*ck by Christopher Wylie
  • Why We’re Polarized by Ezra Klein
  • The Growth Delusion by David Pilling

I’d have to say that my top recommendation from this month would almost certainly have to be Mindf*ck by Wylie. The importance of the Cambridge Analytica story can’t be under-estimated and I’m very relieved to have stepped back from Facebook et al. Watching the Door was remarkable. I learned plenty from Impossible Conversations, though I don’t think the format is ideal for audiobook as it would be better to absorb the book over a longer period. Bregman was excellent and thought-provoking and Klein’s Why We’re Polarized opened up another window to see our current political landscape. If you are a fan of Ha-Joon Chang (I am) then Pilling’s The Growth Delusion is similarly excellent and you’ll never listen to broadcasters talk about GDP again without shouting at the television or radio.