Monday, December 31, 2012

Books Read in 2012

Here are the books I read in 2012. Even when you take into account that many of these were slim Kindle Singles, given how busy I've been over the last year, I'm impressed by the numbers...

The Books
  1. Read This Before Our Next Meeting by Al Pittampalli
  2. A Feast of Crows by George R. R. Martin
  3. Dreadnought by Cherie Priest
  4. The Quantum Universe (Or Why Anything That Can Happen, Does) by Brian Cox & Jeff Forshaw
  5. Lying by Sam Harris
  6. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  7. A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin
  8. A Universe From Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing by Lawrence Krauss
  9. Triggers by Robert J. Sawyer
  10. The Flinch by Julien Smith
  11. Beyond the Hole in the Wall: Discover the Power of Self-Organized Learning by Sugata Mitra
  12. One Way Forward: The Outsider's Guide to Fixing the Republic by Lawrence Lessig
  13. Living Architecture: How Synthetic Biology Can Remake Our Cities and Reshape Our Lives by Rachel Armstrong
  14. Homo Evolutis: Please Meet the Next Human Species by Juan Enriquez and Steve Gullans
  15. Free Will by Sam Harris
  16. Thor Meets Captain America by David Brin
  17. What the Plus?: Google+ For the Rest of Us by Guy Kawasaki
  18. What's Killing Us: A Practical Guide to Understanding Our Biggest Global Health Problems by Alanna Shaikh
  19. Shadows in Flight by Orson Scott Card
  20. The Alchemist by Paolo Bacigalupi
  21. The Executioness by Tobias S. Buckell
  22. Even Mystics Have Bills to Pay: Balancing a Spiritual Life and Earthly Living by Jim Rosemergy
  23. Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy by Bill Clinton
  24. The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy: Hogwarts for Muggles edited by Gregory Bassham
  25. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
  26. The Evolution of Faith by Philip Gulley
  27. Laches by Plato
  28. Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization by Parag Khanna and Ayesha Khanna
  29. The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth: Popularity, Quirk Theory, and Why Outsiders Thrive After High School by Alexandra Robbins
  30. The Demise of Guys: Why Boys Are Struggling and What We Can Do About It by Philip G. Zimbardo and Nikita Duncan
  31. Believe in America: Mitt Romney's Plan for Jobs and Economic Growth by Romney for America
  32. Beyond the Wall: Exploring George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, From A Game of Thrones to A Dance With Dragons edited by James Lowder
  33. It's Dangerous to Be Right When the Government is Wrong: The Case for Personal Freedom by Judge Andrew Napolitano
  34. The Void by Frank Close
  35. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
  36. The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education by Diane Ravitch
  37. Higgs Discovery: The Power of Empty Space by Lisa Randall
  38. Ruling Your World: Ancient Strategies for Modern Life by Sakyong Mipham
  39. Humanism as the Next Step by Lloyd & Mary Morain
  40. Why School?: How Education Must Change When Learning and Education Are Everywhere by Will Richardson 
  41. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain 
  42. We Are All Weird by Seth Godin
  43. Mind Amplifier: Can Our Digital Tools Make Us Smarter? by Howard Rheingold
  44. Gratitude: Reflections on What We Owe to Our Country by William F. Buckley, Jr.
  45. If Grace Is True: Why God Will Save Every Person by Philip Gulley & James Mulholland
  46. The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom by Jonathan Haidt 
  47. If God Is Love: Rediscovering Grace in an Ungracious World by Philip Gulley & James Mulholland
  48. Paradox: The Nine Greatest Enigmas in Physics by Jim Al-Khalili 
  49. The Particle at the End of the Universe: How the Hunt for the Higgs Boson Leads Us to the Edge of a New World by Sean Carroll
  50. The Many Lives of Lilith Lane by E.V. Anderson
  51. Smile by Ron Gutman
  52. When I'm 164 by David Ewing Duncan
  53. The Happiness Manifesto by Nic Marks
  54. Beware Dangerism! by Gever Tulley
  55. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
  56. Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff 
  57. A Haystack Full of Needles: Cutting Through the Clutter of the Online World to Find a Place, Partner, or President by Jim Hornthal
  58. The Falling Machine (Society of Steam Book One) by Andrew P. Mayer
  59. Hearts of Smoke and Steam (Society of Steam Book Two) by Andrew P. Mayer
  60. Knocking on Heaven's Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World by Lisa Randall
  61. The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever edited by Christopher Hitchens
  62. Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier by Neil deGrasse Tyson
  63. Tell Them I Built This: Transforming Schools, Communities, and Lives with Design-Based Education by Emily Pilloton
  64. The Constant Art of Being a Writer: The Life, Art, and Business of Fiction by N.M. Kelby
  65. Energy For Future Presidents by Richard A. Muller
  66. Citizen Advocate: How to Get Government to Move Mountains and Change the World by Omar Ahmad
  67. Hacker Mom by Austen Rachlis
  68. Power Under Pressure (Society of Steam Book Three) by Andrew P. Mayer

  • Audiobooks: 8
  • Kindle: 42
    • Kindle Singles (mini-books/solo essays): 27
    • Kindle Serials: 2
    • Kindle Lending Library: 3
  • Google eBooks: 1
  • Dead tree books: 17
My number of audiobooks has dropped dramatically for two reasons: I no longer commute and I now listen to several podcasts, in place of my audiobook time. For those audiobooks I do listen to, I've begun using a lot, and some books that I've really enjoyed (mostly non-fiction), I've bought the book in both Audible and Kindle formats, so that I can synchronize between them using Amazon's Whispersynch for Voice, switching between listening and reading as time permits. (This also allows me to conveniently highlight passages even if I only have time to listen to the book on audiobook.)
  • Total Fiction: 18
    • Science Fiction: 9
    • Fantasy: 11
      • Epic Fantasy: 4
      • Young Adult: 2
      • Steampunk: 5
  • Non-Fiction: 51
    • Science: 26
      • Physics: 9
      • Psychology: 9
      • Biology: 4
      • Technology: 5
    • Religion: 8
    • History: 3
    • Politics: 7
    • Education: 6
    • Business: 6
    • Philosophy: 12
These numbers don't quite match up, because some books cover multiple areas. For example, I determined that Sam Harris' Free Will fell under both the Psychology and Philosophy headings and, frankly, I could have justified also counting it as a Religion book, while a book about Buddhism is classified as both Religion and Philosophy ... and could probably also be classified as Psychology!

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 record, so they aren't listed anywhere.

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