2018 Reading List

My goal for 2018 is to get back to my cadence of roughly one book per week. I have a backlog of books by Vaclav Smil and Carlotta Perez that I've been ignoring from 2015. After that, I want to read more history and less fiction. I'm looking forward to reading more of Peter Brown's work: the period of late antiquity is just so damn interesting.

Currently Reading:

1. Presuasion by Robert Cialdini

2. Scum of the Earth by Arthur Koestler

3. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Last read in high school. This edition has a great intro by Margeret Atwood.


2. Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

3. Tribe of Mentors by Tim Ferriss et al

A good dose of insight-porn to start the year.

2017 Reading List

My reading list for 2017 is spartan in comparison to 2016, and looks downright cheap and nasty compared to David Auerbach's. Auerbach is the reader we should all aspire to be.

Both the quality and quantity of my reading dipped in 2017 as work took precedence over everything else. For whatever reason, I was also more ruthless about abandoning books that didn't click. A good example of an abandoned book is The Son by Philipp Meyer, for which I got 15% through before I moved on to something else. I guess I abandoned 20-30 books this year in a similar fashion, not counting Kindle samples.

Peter Brown's "Through the Eye of a Needle" was the undisputed highlight of 2017 for me. However, I think I might be done with science fiction -- for now. I was a latecomer to the genre several years ago, but I really feel like I've read all of the genre's "greatest hits" by now. I don't follow SF fandoms so I'm not up to date with newer authors.

1. The Invincible by Stanislaw Lem

An excellent read in spite of the translation.

2. Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age by W. Bernard Carlson

5. Collected Poems 1909-1962 by T.S. Eliot

The first poetry I've read in a long time.

6. Traction by Gabriel Weinberg and Justin Mares

7. Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD (Audiobook) by Peter Brown

One of the most extraordinary books I've read about this period of late antiquity.

9. Fifty Orwell Essays by George Orwell

11. The State of the Art by Iain M. Banks

12. Second Foundation by Isaac Asimov

13. Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov

14. Foundation by Isaac Asimov

15. The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot

I can't find a link to the actual edition, but it was mostly analysis of the poem. The poem itself you can read in less than an hour.

16. Inversions by Iain M. Banks

This was the first Culture novel I ever read. Technically a re-read.

17. Look to Windward by Iain M. Banks

19. Deep Work by Cal Newport

20. The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu

21. (REREAD) Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons

I think I'm done with Hyperion now.

22. The Lady of The Lake by Andrzej Sapkowski

Conclusion of the Witcher series.

23. The Tower of the Swallow by Andrzej Sapkowski

24. Baptism of Fire by Andrzej Sapkowski

25. (REREAD) Hyperion by Dan Simmons

I didn't mean to start re-reading Hyperion again, but the Priest's Tale just sucked me right in to the story again. Comfort food.

26. Time of Contempt by Andrzej Sapkowski

27. Dune by Frank Herbert

First time reading this. It lived up to expectations to entertain, but I don't feel inclined to read the other books in the series.

29. Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski

30. Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski

31. The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski

2016 Reading List

1. The Paris Review Interviews, I by The Paris Review (Author), Philip Gourevitch (Introduction)

3. The Fifth Head of Cerberus: Three Novellas by Gene Wolfe

Requires a re-read to fully appreciate.

4. Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth by R. Buckminster Fuller

5. The Futurological Congress: From the Memoirs of Ijon Tichy by Stanislaw Lem

Quite simply one of the funniest books I've ever read.

6. Mortal Engines by Stansilaw Lem

7. Star Diaries by Stanislaw Lem

8. On Intelligence by Jeff Hawkins

12. Machine Learning: A Probabilistic Perspective (Adaptive Computation and Machine Learning series) by Kevin P. Murphy

I didn't read this cover-to-cover exactly.

14. The Princeton Companion to Applied Mathematics by Nicholas J. Higham and Mark R. Dennis

22. The Trial of Henry Kissinger by Christopher Hitchens

23. Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke

25. Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

26. The Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey

28. Three Moments of An Explosion by China Mieville

29. Beyond the Aquila Rift by Alastair Reynolds

30. (REREAD) Hyperion by Dan Simmons

32. Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan

33. Abyss Beyond Dreams by Peter F. Hamilton

34. Solaris by Stanislaw Lem

35. The Inevitable by Kevin Kelly

37. House of Suns by Alastair Reynolds

38. (REREAD) The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

39. The Defense of Gallipoli: A General Staff Study by George S. Patton Jr

Doesn't appear to be available on Amazon any more.

41. What Technology Wants by Kevin Kelly

42. Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks

43. (REREAD) Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds

45. Superintelligence by Nick Bostrom

46. Lying by Sam Harris

47. Tools of Titans by Tim Feriss

48. Hitch-22: A Memoir (AUDIOBOOK) by Christopher Hitchens

49. Foundation (AUDIOBOOK) by Isaac Asimov

51. Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Cookery Course by Gordon Ramsay

Made a lot of recipes from this book. I just think Ramsay is a cut above the rest.

52. Gordon Ramsay's Great British Pub Food by Gordon Ramsay

Good winter recipes, but the eBook was ruined by extremely poor formatting.

53. Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Home Cooking by Gordon Ramsay

One of the best recipe books out there.

54. River Cottage Light & Easy: Healthy Recipes for Every Day by Hugh Fearnly-Whitingstall

Very simple recipes that often blow people away.