Looking at my Kindle Library, recent purchases and my bookshelf. Finding that I have been immersed in a diversity of reading material so far this winter:
- I have read and finished all eleven (11) of Louise Penney’s Armand Gamache Three Pines mysteries. Really enjoyable stories. Louise Penney managed to draw me into the idyllic enclave of Three Pines and feel like that’s where I would want to retire.
- I am reading Introductory R programming and R High Performance Programming. The “R” language is a statistical programming language. I am intent on sharpening my data analysis and analytics skills.
- Finished Dead Wake by Erik Larson, a fascinating narrative of the sinking of the Lusitania. Never knew much about that event, which had international repercussions and put Woodrow Wilson under increased pressure to bring the U.S. into World War I.
- Still reading the Seven Pillars of Statistical Wisdom by Stephen Stiglar. Sounds dry, I know, but if you really want to learn something about how statistics work (and not just blunder around aimlessly claiming that “statistics can say anything”) this is text provides great context.
- Just started Still Here by Ram Dass, a beautiful soul who has persisted in compassion and kindness through extraordinary challenges
- Just started Mad Enchantment by Ross King. This is the story of Claude Monet and The Painting of the Water Lilies. Known for his keen eye, Monet at this time suffered from cataracts. At 73 Monet suffered from ill-health, self-doubt and the rapidly increasing threat of war in 1914.
The remarkable thing about today’s digitally connected world, and the Internet of Things, is just how accessible books on a magnificent diversity of topics are. For a person like myself, who loves reading and writing, this is salvation from the unfortunate ignorance that swirls around us and infects our collective lives with such dreary ubiquity.