On the Bookshelf: What I read in 2010
Books of 2010
I don’t really have exhaustive record keeping as to what exactly I was reading in the year 2010, though I do have a pretty fair list (and one of my New Year’s resolutions is to keep better track, and to write reviews more often). It isn’t exhaustive because I am sure for about a month or so, all I did was re-read a bunch of my old favorites by Gibson, Stephenson, Heinlein and a few others. That being said I have a few statistics that are probably pretty close to reality.
In 2010 I read 67 total books.
Even taking into account the books not on my list this means I was reading about one and a third books a week, or about five and a half books a month. That is, honestly, a faster rate than I thought it would be. I would consider myself to be a fast reader though speed is certainly not my goal. I do tend to mow through fiction though and I probably pick up time with those books that offsets my more deliberate non-fiction reading pace.
42 Fiction books.
25 Non-fiction books.
I thought this number would be closer to even as I had been trying to alternate between fiction and non-fiction for a good portion of the year. I have a hard time reading too many non-fiction books (like two) in a row. I need fiction breaks in between to let my conscious and subconscious work on the things I learn. On the other hand, I’ll read nothing but fiction if I let myself. I guess a two to one fiction to non-fiction ratio is pretty good on that score.
22 Reviews (13 fiction and 9 non-fiction)
I reviewed a third of the books that I read in 2010, though most of those reviews came in the second half of the year. I had been using a Facebook application (most of the reason I could make this 2010 list to begin with) to post about books as I read them. These posts often included short thoughts about the books. Starting with my review of Extra Lives by Tom Bissell that capability ceased to function. As a result I began posting longer and more thought-out reviews here at Red Herrings. I think that is good for me as a thinker and as a writer and I will continue that practice. Frankly, I wrote more reviews in the second half of the year than I thought I did.
A list of titles as wells as links to my reviews of those books (where applicable) is below the fold:
Nothing Less Than Victory: Decisive Wars and the Lessons of History – John David Lewis (My Review)
The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms – Nassim Nicholas Taleb
The Ghosts of Cannae: Hannibal and the Darkest Hour of the Roman Republic – Robert L. O’Connell (My Review)
The Junior Officer’s Reading Club: Killing Time and Fighting Wars – Patrick Hennessy (My Review)
Bursts: The Hidden Pattern Behind Everything We Do – Albert Laszlo Barabasi (My Review)
Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It – Richard A. Clarke
Click: The Magic of Instant Connections – Ori Brafman and Rom Brafman
The Invisible Gorilla : And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us – Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons
The Books of Five Rings: The Classic Guide to Strategy – Miyamoto Musashi (re-read)
War – Sebastian Junger
Counterinsurgency – David Kilcullen
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us – Daniel H. Pink
What Americans Really Want…Really: The Truth About Our Hopes, Dreams, and Fears – Dr. Frank I. Luntz
A Taint in the Blood – S. M. Stirling
The High King of Montival – S. M. Stirling
Traps – Paul Lindsay
The Führer’s Reserve – Paul Lindsay
Elegy Beach – Steven R. Boyett
Ariel – Steven R. Boyett
A War of Gifts – Orson Scott Card
Fever Dream – Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
The Midnight Mayor: Or, the Inauguration of Matthew Swift – Kate Griffin
The Day of the Jackal – Frederick Forsyth
One Good Soldier – Travis S. Taylor
The Tau Ceti Agenda – Travis S. Taylor
One Day on Mars – Travis S. Taylor
The Lost Fleet: Victorious – Jack Campbell
I, Sniper – Stephen Hunter
Chaosbound – David Farland
The Desert Spear – Peter V. Brett
The Warded Man – Peter V. Brett (re-read)
The Lost Symbol – Dan Brown
Senator’s Son – Luke S. Larson
Wireless – Charles Stross
Impact – Douglas Preston
Pirate Latitudes – Michael Crichton
Live Free or Die – John Ringo
Broken Jewel – David L. Robbins
Freedom(TM) – Daniel Suarez
Daemon – Daniel Suarez
The Five Greatest Warriors – Matthew Reilly
Time Travelers Never Die – Jack McDevitt