Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 Books Read

End of the year, so time for my annual accounting of books consumed for 2015!

The 2015 Book List
  1. Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines (reread)
  2. The Martian by Andy Weir
  3. Arctic Rising by Tobias Buckell
  4. Codex Born by Jim C. Hines (reread)
  5. How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens by Benedict Carey
  6. America's Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System by Steven Brill
  7. Out of My Later Years: The Scientist, Philosopher, and Man Portrayed Through His Own Words by Albert Einstein
  8. Unbound by Jim C. Hines
  9. Abraham Lincoln: A Presidential Life by James McPherson
  10. The Just City by Jo Walton
  11. The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap by Matt Taibbi
  12. The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind by Michio Kaku
  13. Does Santa Exist?: A Philosophical Investigation by Eric Kaplan
  14. Thinking About Cybersecurity: From Cyber Crime to Cyber Warfare by Prof. Paul Rosensweig (The Great Courses)
  15. On the Plurality of Worlds by David Lewis
  16. Terrorists in Love by Ken Ballen
  17. Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton
  18. Beyond the God Particle by Leon Lederman & Christopher Hill
  19. The Android's Dream by John Scalzi
  20. Lock In by John Scalzi
  21. Less Doing, More Living: Make Everything In Life Easier by Ari Meisel
  22. Death of a King by Tavis Smiley
  23. How to Win an Election: An Ancient Guide for Modern Politicians by Quintus Tullius Cicero & Philip Freeman
  24. The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet by Neil deGrasse Tyson
  25. Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman by James Gleick
  26. The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, the Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World by Edward Dolnick
  27. The Quantum Moment: How Planck, Bohr, Einstein, and Heisenberg Taught Us to Love Uncertainty by Robert P. Crease and Alfred Goldhaber
  28. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells (reread)
  29. The Practicing Mind: Developing Focus and Discipline in Your Life - Master Any Skill or Challenge by Learning to Love the Process by Thomas M. Sterner
  30. Animal Farm [audio dramatization] by George Orwell
  31. The Science of Liberty: Democracy, Reason, and the Laws of Nature by Timothy Ferris
  32. Gemini Cell by Myke Cole
  33. The Evolution of God by Robert Wright
  34. Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova
  35. Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life by Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica
  36. Behavioral Economics: When Psychology and Economics Collide by Prof. Scott Heuttel (The Great Courses)
  37. Scientific Secrets of Self-Control by Prof. C. Nathan DeWall (The Great Courses)
  38. Writing Monsters: How to Craft Believably Terrifying Creatures to Enhance Your Horror, Fantasy, and Science Fiction by Philip Athans
  39. A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nassar
  40. Love in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction: A Novel by Judd Trichter
  41. The Death of Ivan Illyich by Leo Tolstoy
  42. Monster by A. Lee Martinez
  43. Heroes and Legends (The Great Courses) by Prof. Thomas Shippey
  44. Forged: Writing in the Name of God - Why the Bible's Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are by Bart D. Ehrman
  45. The Philosopher Kings by Jo Walton
  46. Gentlemen Scientists and Revolutionaries: The Founding Fathers in the Age of Enlightenment by Tom Shachtman
  47. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  48. Leviathan Wakes by James A. Corey
  49. The Theological Origins of Modernity by Michael Allen Gillespie
  50. A History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell
  51. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  52. Among Thieves by Douglas Hulick
  53. The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder
  54. The Sacredness of Questioning Everything by David Dark
  55. Off to Be the Wizard by Scott Meyer
  56. Spell or High Water by Scott Meyer
  57. Islam and the Future of Tolerance: A Dialogue by Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz
  58. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
  59. An Unwelcome Quest by Scott Meyer
  60. Emperor Mollusk Versus the Sinister Brain by A. Lee Martinez
  61. Fable: Blood of Heroes by Jim C. Hines
  62. How Ideas Spread (The Great Courses) by Jonah Berger
Breakdown

Format:
  • Audiobooks: 45
  • Kindle: 10
  • Dead tree books: 10
Subjects:
  • Total Fiction: 25
    • Classics: 4
    • Science Fiction: 12
    • Fantasy: 14
      • Urban/Modern Fantasy: 9
      • Young Adult: 
      • Steampunk: 1
  • Non-Fiction: 37
    • Science: 17
      • Physics: 7
      • Psychology: 8
      • Biology: 1
      • Technology: 2
      • Math/Statistics: 1
    • Religion: 12
    • History: 15
    • Politics: 11
    • Education: 4
    • Economics: 6
    • Business: 2
    • Philosophy: 11
    • Humor: 1
    • Writing: 2
These numbers don't quite match up, because some books cover multiple areas, and so I've included them in all relevant categories. So, for example, a book on free will would fall in both Psychology and Philosophy (and possibly even Religion) categories.

Similarly, some books I read using Whispersynch-for-Voice to jump between the Amazon Kindle and Audible audiobook versions of the books, so they got double-counted in the format section. I've also included The Great Courses audios that I listen to through Audible.com. Though not actually books, I figure that a 10+ hour course on a subject contains about the same informational content, if not presented structurally in quite the same way as it would take in a written book.

The History

And for anyone who is interested in looking into the past to see some of my previous book lists...
Prior to 2008, I didn't keep a precise running record of the books that I read.
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