Friday, December 31, 2021

The 2021 Book List

The 2021 Book List

Been a crazy year, marked with some health problems. Oddly enough, spending so much of the year bedridden and immobile has seemed to have a negative impact on my ability to focus on reading. My intake of audiobooks has drastically dropped off, as I've been listening a lot more to podcasts over the last couple of years. 
  1. Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson (finished from 2020)
  2. No Country for Old Gnomes by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne (finished from 2020)
  3. Dark Convergence by Dave Gross
  4. Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker
  5. The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another by Ainissa Ramirez
  6. The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race by Walter Isaacson
  7. The Teacher Wars by Dana Goldstein
  8. Think Like a Game Designer by Justin Gary
  9. The White Box Essays by Jeremy Holcomb
  10. Humankind: A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman
  11. You Look Like a Thing and I Love You: How Artificial Intelligence Works and Why It's Making the World a Weirder Place by Janelle Shane
  12. The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal (reread)
  13. The Fated Sky by Mary Robinette Kowal

  • Audiobooks: 5
  • Electronic: 2
    • Kindle: 2
  • Dead tree books: 6
  • Total Fiction: 4
    • Science Fiction: 2
    • Fantasy: 2
    • Non-Fiction: 9
      • Science: 4 
        • Physics: 1
        • Psychology: 2
        • Biology: 1
        • Technology: 1
      • History: 6
      • Education: 1
      • Game Design: 2


    In addition to listening to audiobooks, my intake of thinking consists enough of podcasts that it seems worth including them as a category. Here are the podcasts that I have listened to in 2021 on a fairly regular basis:
    • You Are Not So Smart
    • Making Sense with Sam Harris
    • The Glenn Loury Show
    • Talk Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria
    • Very Bad Wizards
    • Advisory Opinions
    • The Lawfare Podcast
    • Rational Security
    • The Remnant with Jonah Goldberg
    • Left, Right, and Center
    • Today, Explained
    • The Weeds
    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.