16 books in 2019. 26 books in 2020. 38 in 2021. 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 ‘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.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Philip K. Dick
The Little Prince
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Engines of Creation: The Coming Era of Nanotechnology
K. Eric Drexler
Project Hail Mary
The Sciences of the Artificial
Herbert A. Simon
Zen in the Art of Writing
The Dispossessed (Hainish Cycle, #6)
Ursula K. Le Guin
The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle, #4)
Ursula K. Le Guin
An Elegant Puzzle: Systems of Engineering Management
Working in Public: The Making and Maintenance of Open Source Software
The Psychology of Computer Programming
Gerald M. Weinberg
Debt: The First 5,000 Years
Beautiful World, Where Are You
The Medium is the Message
Showstopper! the Breakneck Race to Create Windows NT and the Next Generation at Microsoft
G. Pascal Zachary
Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right
The Cathedral & the Bazaar: Musings on Linux and Open Source by an Accidental Revolutionary
Eric S. Raymond
Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age
Flowers for Algernon
Red Mars (Mars Trilogy, #1)
Kim Stanley Robinson
The Grapes of Wrath
The Nickel Boys
A Visit from the Goon Squad
Jazz (Beloved Trilogy, #2)
The Quiet Revolution
The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence
The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering
Frederick P. Brooks Jr.
The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer
The Song of Achilles
100 Plus: How the Coming Age of Longevity Will Change Everything, from Careers and Relationships to Family and Faith
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Down and Out in Paris and London
I’ve set my 2022 reading goal at 40 books.