It seems I have reached an age where I am lucky if I absorb 1% of everything I read, and that's probably an overestimate. Half the time, I am not even aware of the name of the author I am reading.
Even if you can't remember everything you read, it gives you a general "knowledge" of whom you can and cannot trust.
I compare it to some people I have known for a lifetime. Some of them were born assholes. These are the people whom you end up not liking even half a century later, even though it would be difficult to recall any specific reasons you now feel this way. But you KNOW they're assholes even if you can't provide data supporting your reasons in the moment. In some cases, you realize that the source of your enmity was just childish nonsense, but in others, you know some people never change.
On to my informal bibliography:
Corona, False Alarm?: Facts and Figures by Karina Reiss Ph.D. and Sucharit Bhakdi MD
Autopsy of a Pandemic: The Lies, the Gamble, and the Covid-Zero Con by Julius Ruechel
A State of Fear: How the UK government weaponized fear during the Covid-19 pandemic by Laura Dodsworth
The Great Covid Panic: What Happened, Why, and What To Do Next by Foster, Gigi
Covid: Why most of what you know is wrong by Sebastian Rushworth
I Do Not Consent: My Fight Against Medical Cancel Culture by Simone Gold MD JD
Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe by Ferguson, Niall
Faucian Bargain: The Most Powerful and Dangerous Bureaucrat in American History by Deace, Steve
When Politicians Panicked by John Tammy
The next two books on my list deal with the Spanish Flu and the Black Death. I read them to get some perspective on what a real pandemic looks like. COVID-19 ain't it. You don't need a bunch of newsreaders spewing death stats all over you every night on the six o'clock Junk News when you are in a real pandemic. All you require is to see what is happening in your own neighbourhood and circle of friends. They were worthwhile reads.
The Great Influenza, Revised Edition by John Barry
The Great Mortality: An Intimate History of the Black Death, the Most Devastating Plague of All Time by John Kelly
So far, I have not heard of a single friend or acquaintance who I went to high school with who has died "with" a positive PCR test. On the other hand, there have been about four cancer deaths and one from heart disease since the beginning of the scamdemic.
I found that some of the books I read in the past, like "Scared to Death - From BSE to Global Warming: Why Scares are Costing Us the Earth," by Christopher Booker and Richard North contributed to my early skepticism of the Coof narrative.
"Green Hell," by Stephen Milloy, explains why the misanthropic climate brigades were creaming in their jeans in support of the cruel and destructive government responses to the deluge of positive PCR tests.
"Unhinged: The Trouble with Psychiatry - A Doctor's Revelations about a Profession in Crisis" by Daniel Carlat M.D. who, along with authors like Peter Breggin and Abram Hoffer, provide insights into how the pharmaceutical giants operate in a mixed economy.
Plus almost fifty years of reading conservative and libertarian material that gave me an excellent feel for how capitalism operates in an interventionist state when the government, as opposed to the consumer, becomes the most lucrative customer.
All of that acted as a kind of prep allowing me to recognize the scamdemic for what it was very early on. All the pieces came together like a very easy jigsaw puzzle.
Thanks also to Alex Jones, who really opened my eyes about how the infowar is being conducted.
And that is also one reason I am in no great rush to get "vaccinated."