2019 End to Endpaper Book Awards

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This is the first year in a long time where I opted not to do some kind of official reading challenge (e.g. Read Harder, Reading Women). While I did set a goal of 30 books on goodreads, I am almost proud to have failed. I smiled when I lowered my number to 25 last week. My only wish was to read for my own entertainment and enjoyment and in that I succeeded. If you look at my Year in Books, … Read More

Book Review: Ghost Work: How to Stop Silicon Valley from Building a New Global Underclass

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Ghost Work: How to Stop Silicon Valley from Building a New Global Underclass by Mary L. Gray My rating: 4 of 5 stars While much attention is given to the rise of AI and how that impacts our lives, this is the first in-depth look at a significant, and very human subtopic: ghost work. Otherwise categorized as freelancing, part of the gig economy, or on-demand labor, ghost work is the tasks that an invisible labor force completes to make the … Read More

Book List: Reading for Computer Science Students

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It is no surprise that I read a lot of books. And listen to nearly as many in the car. I like to pair many of these with other parts of my life: classes, work, hobbies, TV shows I’m binging, etc. So over the last three years while taking CS classes, I read a number of technology / computer science related books that enriched my curriculum and added to my education. My apologies, almost a third of the list is … Read More

2017 Read Harder Challenge

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This was my first year doing Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge and I loved it. Through the help of authors and experts, they defined 24 reading challenges that were guaranteed to stretch the comfort zone of even the most exhaustive reader. Thanks to this, I started reading fiction again, was introduced to new styles and authors, and put myself in the shoes of people going through life events (e.g. becoming a refugee, coming out) that I’ve not experienced myself. At … Read More

Book List: Statistics, Probability, and Prediction

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These three books paired really well together. There was a little information overlap between the books, but each had a different and interesting focus. The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail – But Some Don’t by Nate Silver My rating: 5 of 5 stars As a librarian, I immediately felt a kinship with Nate Silver’s main premise: in a world of data, theory is more important, not less. It is a common argument that the internet and … Read More

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