ideas & ramblings

Twenty books in 2016

(Originally published in 2016.)

I don’t generally do New Year’s resolutions, but this year, I set out to try and read 20 non-fiction books. While I do quite a lot of recreational reading, it’s generally in the form of Wikipedia articles or long-form articles from Longreads – reading book-books is relatively rare. Even when I do read actual books, I’ve generally leaned towards a relatively narrow set of topics (hint: mostly computer history).

So for this challenge, I aimed to widen my horizons a bit and try to read things on topics that I don’t know anything about. I solicited friends & co-workers for suggestions and built up a pretty good list. I didn’t love everything I read, but I liked nearly everything, and I loved a few. Here’s my list.

  1. January 1st — Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
  2. January 10th — Legends of Localization - Book 1: The Legend of Zelda by Clyde Mandelin
  3. January 17th — 1995: The Year the Future Began by W. Joseph Campbell 
  4. January 21st — The Cosmopolites: The Coming of the Global Citizen by Atossa Araxia Abrahamian
  5. January 26th — Dispatches From Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta by Richard Grant
  6. February 1st — Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  7. February 7th — The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis
  8. February 13th — Dude, You’re Gonna Be a Dad! by John Pfeiffer
  9. February 24th — The Barbary Coast by Herbert Asbury
  10. February 25th — Feminism Is For Everybody by Bell Hooks
  11. March 1st — Grinding It Out: The Making of McDonald’s by Ray Kroc
  12. March 9th — Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World by Bill Nye
  13. March 23rd — Written in the Ruins by Paul Chiasson
  14. March 25th — Made in America by Sam Walton with John Huey
  15. April 13th — The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron by Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind
  16. April 21st — Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity by Douglas Rushkoff
  17. April 28th — Ninety Percent of Everything by Rose George
  18. May 3rd — Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik
  19. May 11th — Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry by Helaine Olen
  20. May 29th - Wanderlust: A History of Walking by Rebecca Solnit