Reading for the Work Term

I’m slightly ashamed to say I haven’t been reading as much as I used to, especially before coming to university. I’m sure I could make up many excuses, like it’s busier, but I’ve also not made much of an effort. I’ve been playing games and working on some web design things and I haven’t been able to get myself to read anything substantial (internet articles notwithstanding – I read more on the web now than ever).

But this work semester will be different. I’ve made a conscious effort to find books that interest me. The first one sort of found me actually. I met with my high school economics teacher from PEI while he was visiting relatives in Waterloo and he gave me a book entitled ‘Uncle Tungsten – Memories of a Chemical Boyhood‘ by Oliver Sacks. I’m about a third of the way through the 300 page book and thoroughly enjoy Sacks’ writing style. His childhood curiosity reminds me a lot of myself when I was younger (perhaps not as curious or intelligent) and makes me long for a simpler time.

Next up on the docket is ‘Winning‘ by Jack Welch, the former CEO of General Electric. The title itself was probably good enough reason to get the book, but reviews have backed it up as well. I haven’t started the book yet, but from what I’ve read about it, it seems like just the kind of book I want to read. I hope to scrape some ideas from a successful businessman – I hardly want to be a code monkey for the rest of my life.

Finally, the last book I’ve got on my reading list is ‘Rainbow Six‘ written by Tom Clancy. I was always a huge fan of Clancy’s books and read just about every single book he wrote, or helped in creating (Op-Center, Net Force, Power Plays) up to the end of my high school years. Recently, I haven’t been following much, due to the above reasons I’ve mentioned. I’ve already read Rainbow Six, but that was many, many years ago and I was perhaps a little young at the time. I hardly remember any of it and after playing Rainbow Six: Vegas (good game by the way), I’ve been itching to read the book that started it all.

I think I’ve almost forgotten how nice it is to sit in a comfy chair and just read.


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