Monday, January 01, 2018

2017 Book List

End of the year, so time for my annual accounting of books consumed for 2017!

The 2017 Book List
  1. The Speech by Bernie Sanders
  2. Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal
  3. Over Your Dead Body by Dan Wells
  4. The Dictator's Handbook by Alastair Smith & Bruce Bueno de Mesquita
  5. Witch: A Tale of Terror by Charles McKay (read by Sam Harris)
  6. Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin
  7. Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty
  8. The Daily Show: An Oral History (the Audiobook) by Chris Smith
  9. On Bullshit by Harry G. Frankfurt
  10. Hamilton: The Revolution by Jeremy McCarter
  11. On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder
  12. Pathfinder Tales: Gears of Faith by Gabrielle Harbowy
  13. Convictions: How I Learned What Mattered Most by Marcus Borg
  14. The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
  15. Keynes/Hayek by Nicholas Wapshott
  16. Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them by Joshua Greene
  17. The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance by Ben Sas
  18. Rise of the Dungeon Master: Gary Gygax and the Creation of D&D by David Kushner and Koren Shadmi (graphic novel)
  19. Nothing Left to Lose by Dan Wells
  20. Writing the Other: A Practical Approach by Nisi Shawl & Cynthia Ward
  21. Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an: Islam and the Founders by Denise A. Spellberg
  22. The Atheist Muslim by Ali A. Rizvi
  23. The Social Conquest of Earth by E.O. Wilson
  24. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
  25. Trekonomics: The Economics of Star Trek by Manu Saadia
  26. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
  27. Verbal Judo, Updated Edition by Pam Thompson
  28. Bluescreen by Dan Wells
  29. This Fight is Our Fight by Elizabeth Warren
  30. Extreme Makeover: Apocalypse Edition by Dan Wells
  31. Speak Easy by Catherynne M. Valente
Breakdown

Format:
  • Audiobooks: 14
    • Audio courses: 
  • Kindle: 8
  • Dead tree books: 9
Subjects:
  • Total Fiction: 8
    • Classics: 1 
    • Science Fiction: 2
      • Young Adult: 1
    • Fantasy: 5
  • Non-Fiction: 20
    • Science: 3
      • Physics: 
      • Psychology: 3
      • Biology: 1
      • Technology: 
      • Math/Statistics: 
    • Religion: 7
    • History: 12
    • Politics: 9
    • Education: 3
    • Business/Economics: 7
    • Philosophy: 5
    • Humor: 2
    • Writing/Creativity: 3
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 if I read them in both formats. 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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