New books from Chapters’ Friends & Family event

So Chapters has a Friends & Family event going on this weekend granting 15% off in-store and 10% off online, stackable with the iRewards card for an additional 10% rebate. You gotta admit, a 25% rebate is a pretty sweet incentive to go shopping, which is exactly what I did.

I rummaged through their technical books in the computer section but nothing really appealed to me this time so I picked up some miscellaneous reading instead.

@Context

Context: Further selected essays on Productivity, Creativity, Parenting, and Politics in the 21st century.

This one was jammed randomly in the Computer section. It has a bit of everything and I was looking for anything, so I figure “sure, why not?”
Pragmatic Thinking & Learning

Pragmatic Thinking & Learning

I’ve read numerous books on the theory and practice of designing software the right way, enough to recognize the importance of tweaking and tuning systems to increase efficiency & performance. This book speaks of doing the same for one’s brain and thinking process, surely it can’t hurt to try!
Wake

Wake

Earlier this year, in the summer sometime, the author himself gave an interview on CBC, discussing his trilogy “Wake Watch Wonder” and by chance I happened to catch it while driving. I’ve heard praise of his sci-fi style and the premise of this trilogy seems fascinating, appealing to my inner nerd. The title stuck with me and at last I’ve picked up the first book in the trilogy. Here’s to more.

South Asian Adventures with the Active Poor

South Asian Adventures with the Active Poor

A completely unforeseen purchase, the author of this book greeted me at the door and asked for a few minutes of my time to explain the mission of Amarok Society charitable organization which he and his wife founded, about their work of bringing education to the poorest of slums. Furthermore, proceeds from the sales of the book are being given to charity. The book contains pages from the lives of the people that Amarok Society has touched, stories from lives completely different from our own. I look forward to the read and hope that they continue their noble work.