Revisiting 2012: Reading

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I’ve been meaning to get to this post for awhile now, and with the kid, the framebuilding, work, and more craziness in 2013, I haven’t been able to sit down and really dig into my booklist analysis. So, here’s some insights into my reading list from last year. (For the list of titles and thoughts on them, along with my movie-watching, please refer to my 2012 Media Intake posting.)

Overview

I read a lot of science fiction, which is typical. I also read for entertainment more than anything else and was very quickly grabbing time wherever I could, as the kid kept me pretty busy. Two books really sucked the life out of me — Stephenson’s REAMDE, which was a letdown from about a third of the way through, and 1634: The Ram Rebellion, which completely annoyed the shit out of me. The former took over a month, the latter took a month.

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2011’s Reading List

Non-Fiction:

The Four-Hour Body by Tim Ferriss

Ferriss left me thinking a lot about hacking in 2011. Not just one’s body, but everything. I didn’t put much of this into practice in 2011, but for 2012, I’ll be trying more of it.

Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk

Left me saying “fuck yeah!” and inspired me greatly. This is one of those, like King’s On Writing… that I will probably read every year or two.

SuperFreakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

Didn’t have the same impact as the first.

What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures by Malcolm Gladwell

Gladwell continues to be one of my favorite non-fiction writers, and this is a collection of his shorter essays. Good stuff.

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