I've restarted my book list today for the new year with one change, no more counting. I met my goal of reading 50 books this year in accordance with the 50 Book Challenge. I didn't cheat either, below is the list of books I read and most of them are pretty good sized. Even if you take out the Narnia books I re-read, I'm still at 50 solid books. I didn't include some comics because I didn't want to "cheat" but this year I'm not counting so I'm writing down everything. I toyed with the idea of keeping track of all the magazines I read and stuff like that but I'll never keep up with it. I did read a lot of non-fiction this year (closing out the year with hands-down the best science type book I've read in a long time, 1491) so I think this year I want to focus on fiction. Of course I always hear about new non-fiction all the time I want to read so who knows how it'll go this year. I also have my new web project I'm launching soon so even though it's book related it could eat a lot of my reading time.

As I've said before, I really recommend making a reading goal. Some people say they don't want to take the enjoyment out of reading by making a goal of it but I don't think that's the case. It forces you to focus, to make time, and really pay attention to your reading. Even if your goal is one chapter a week or month, make a goal. A book a month is very doable, even if you think you're a "slow reader". 10 minutes here and there makes a huge difference and having a goal makes you take that 10 minutes whenever you can.

So here's the books I read this year. I'm proud of this list. I learned a huge amount this year. My audiobook time was severely cut back by listening to tons of podcasts but that's okay. I learn enough from IT Conversations that I feel like I owe them part of my paycheck on a regular basis. I'm definitely becoming a member when they switch to the PBS style member system. It's totally, totally worth it.

Anyway, on with the new year!

Books read this year: 57

  • 1491

  • The Last Battle

  • The Magician's Nephew

  • The Horse and His Boy

  • The Silver Chair

  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

  • Prince Caspian

  • The Singularity Is Near

  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

  • The Only Sustainable Edge

  • A Whole New Mind

  • The Well-Educated Mind

  • The Republican War on Science

  • Don't Think Pink

  • Anansi Boys

  • Someone Comes To Town, Someone Leaves Town

  • Accelerando

  • Seeing What's Next

  • Love Is The Killer App

  • The Cluetrain Manifesto

  • Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again

  • Finite and Infinite Games

  • How Buildings Learn

  • No Country For Old Men

  • Mediated

  • A Signal Shattered

  • Beginning MySQL Database Design & Optimization

  • The Art of the Start

  • Deadhouse Gates

  • The Circle of Innovation

  • Chasm City

  • What the Dormouse Said

  • The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana

  • Six Bad Things

  • Gardens of the Moon

  • Eats, Shoots & Leaves

  • Islands in the Stream

  • The Amber Spyglass

  • The Subtle Knife

  • The Golden Compass

  • The Chronoliths

  • Holy Fire

  • The Count of Monte Cristo

  • Ultramarathon Man

  • The Great Bicycle Caper

  • Drama City

  • Fantasic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever

  • Under The Glacier

  • A Changed Man

  • Issac Newton

  • Beyond Fear

  • We The Media

  • On Intelligence

  • The Family Trade

  • Cloud Atlas

  • Getting Things Done

  • Bicycling New Cyclists Handbook

Audiobooks this year: 6

  • Captain Alatriste

  • The Godfather Returns

  • The Butlerian Jihad

  • 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

  • The Queen of the South

  • Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

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