The Books I Read - 2021


16 books in 2019: πŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“š

26 books in 2020: πŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“š

38 in 2021: πŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“š

An encouraging trend.

I’ve never read more books in a single year, and it feels good. I’ve continued to use reading to detach my iPhone from my brain-stem, often carrying a book around and reading in short periods instead of fiddling with my phone. I didn’t play video games at all this year, replacing it with reading – keen to play a little next year though, if the new PS5 games are good. After three years of consistent reading, I feel like I’ve made significant progress breaking out of β€˜the shallows’.

To cap off the year of reading. Here’s some simple stats/facts:

  • Worst book: 100 Plus
  • 11,800+ pages, apparently
  • 11/38 from women authors (gf rightly nags me about this)
  • 18/38 second hand books

I read a lot of famous and well regarded books this year, and they were so good I couldn’t pick a favourite. That said, these are a top 5 in terms of how much they durably affected my emotions and thinking.

  • The Grapes of Wrath
  • The Cathedral & the Bazaar: Musing on Linux and Open Source by an Accidental Revolutionary
  • The Nickel Boys
  • Debt: The First 5,000 years
  • Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind The Rise of the Radical Right

As in the 2020 post, clicking the book cover takes you to a short review.

Below are the covers, titles, authors, and ratings of the 38 books I read this year. Click them to read my short review.

Engines of Creation: The Coming Era of Nanotechnology

K. Eric Drexler
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Steppenwolf

Hermann Hesse
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The Sciences of the Artificial

Herbert A. Simon
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Zen in the Art of Writing

Ray Bradbury
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The Dispossessed (Hainish Cycle, #6)

Ursula K. Le Guin
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The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle, #4)

Ursula K. Le Guin
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Snow Crash

Neal Stephenson
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An Elegant Puzzle: Systems of Engineering Management

Will Larson
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The Psychology of Computer Programming

Gerald M. Weinberg
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Debt: The First 5,000 Years

David Graeber
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Beautiful World, Where Are You

Sally Rooney
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Showstopper! the Breakneck Race to Create Windows NT and the Next Generation at Microsoft

G. Pascal Zachary
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Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right

Jane Mayer
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Flowers for Algernon

Daniel Keyes
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Red Mars (Mars Trilogy, #1)

Kim Stanley Robinson
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The Grapes of Wrath

John Steinbeck
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The Nickel Boys

Colson Whitehead
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The Quiet Revolution

Jim Cairns
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The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering

Frederick P. Brooks Jr.
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The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer

Neal Stephenson
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The Song of Achilles

Madeline Miller
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100 Plus: How the Coming Age of Longevity Will Change Everything, from Careers and Relationships to Family and Faith

Sonia Arrison
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Silent Spring

Rachel Carson
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The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Michelle Alexander
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Down and Out in Paris and London

George Orwell
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I’ve set my 2022 reading goal at 40 books.