As a Los Angelesphile (sic) and a fan of the archetype of the LA detective I really enjoy the Bosch TV series on Amazon. Though usually not a reader of popular fiction I finally did pick the book series up and have inhaled all 20 books in about 3 months. As I read books 19 and 20 I marveled at how Michael Connelly, after all these years, still manages to come up with fresh and inventive stories.

“The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas.  Nice work of fiction that sadly plays out as truth on our streets all too often.  Young adult targeted book that reads well and keeps the attention of adults and young alike.  About a black teenager that witnesses not one but two of her best friends die. One by a gangbanger and another by a cop.  Justice is not found for either of them. Riots ensue. Lots of interesting "black on black" types of conversations. Frank discussions.  Gives you a glimpse of what it is like to be black in an urban and impoverished setting in America. Recommended.

Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt who is a professor of moral psychology.  Interesting book that gets into the development of man's moral foundations.  Also discusses differences between the left and the right without making any judgments.  Provides understandings why groups have their own sets of morals and why they can be blind to understanding other groups sets of morals.  

“Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” by Neil deGrasse Tyson. Nifty little book. Chocked full of science for dummies so to speak with the occasional nerd joke to get you to chuckle. Quick and easy read. Having already read works by Carl Sagan, Brian Greene and Stephen Hawking this obviously was a bit of a rudimentary read at this time. Still had fun reading it.

“AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order” by Kai-Fu Lee.  Good book. Insightful. I picked up some nice nuggets as how I’ve done some things in my company over the years and how I might look towards the future.  It came across as a bit redundant in a few areas and some of personal aspects of his story seemed belabored at times but still a good book that was informative.

“Adventures on the Wine Route: A Wine Buyer’s Tour of France” by Kermit Lynch.  Good book. Being a learned wine lover I didn’t learn a lot of new stuff from the book but it was a good refresher course so to speak.  It is a bit dated at this point even with the updates section at the end of the newer releases but many of the stories are interesting and entertaining still.  If you’re a studious wine lover I’d say recommended. If you’re not into wine industry knowledge then pass.

wineismylife posted:
robsutherland posted:

I was in the mood for some absurdity so Terry Pratchett's first Diskworld novel: The colour of magic it was!

Must be a Canadian thing.  bman told me to read that which I did but for some reason I struggled mightily with it.  Barely finished it.

I'm with Joe - I was unable to get into this series

“Becoming” by Michelle Obama.  Good book. Nothing particularly exciting or noteworthy that isn’t already in the public domain.  Kind of interesting to finally read a book from the first lady’s perspective as opposed to the president’s memoirs I’ve read for several presidents.

wineismylife posted:

“The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life” by Mark Manson.  I wonder if the author cares if this reader doesn’t give a f*ck about his book? Probably not based on the content of the book.

Sounds like an un-recommendation!

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