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The full list: https://gitlab.com/rlease/Books

My list lines up with a lot of books that people have recommended here, so I'll try to add a few favorites that haven't been mentioned so far.


1. Ubik - I read a bunch of Philip K. Dick this year, but this was my favorite. It's delightfully mind bending and left me thinking about it long after the book was done.

2. All the Pretty Horses - Beautifully written. McCarthy has an uncanny ability to paint with words.

3. Cannery Row - Short, witty, and full of interesting characters.


1. The Idea Factory - A dive into how Bell Labs became such an innovation powerhouse and gives a rounded picture of the figureheads that brought it so much fame.

2. Moonwalking with Einstein - A fun read about a journalist who took researching a memory competition a bit too seriously.

3. Countdown to Zero Day - A fascinating look at the development and deployment of Stuxnet -- the virus built to set Iran's nuclear program back.

If you liked The Idea Factory, you should read Kitten Clone. Kind of a dark sequel.

Interesting, thanks for the recommendation!

That's impressive! How do you manage to read so much?

I plan to write a bit about that when I finish (Dec 27 will mark one year from when I started). Here are a couple things I noticed:

1) This was my big goal for the year. One book a week that I've never read, instead of getting in better shape, learning a new hobby, etc. Judging from prior experience, it felt difficult, but doable.

2) It was mostly about time management. This was either accomplished with reading incrementally (infrequent) or bingeing over a weekend (frequent). I think if I was going to do it over, I would shift most of the reading into the first couple months of the year where the weather is dreary and not conducive to being outside.

3) Cheating. I've had books (like GEB) on the list the whole year that I haven't gotten to because I knew that they would slow me down and ruin the average. When I would read something that I couldn't get through quickly, I would make up for that by reading books I knew I would plow through quickly. You can see that more towards the end of the year.

4) I truly enjoy reading, and it's something I'd rather do than many other forms of entertainment. This helps immensely when deciding to devote a large amount of time to it.

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