Here are the books I read (or at least tried to read) this year:
- Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan
- How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big by Scott Adams
- A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy by William B. Irvine
- The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
- The Well of Ascension (Mistborn, #2) by Brandon Sanderson
- The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon
- The Mythical Man-Month by Frederick P. Brooks Jr.
- Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
- The Phoenix Project by Gene Kim
- The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature by Matt Ridley
- A Factory Of One by Daniel Markovitz
- Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening by Marjorie M. Liu
- The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence by Josh Waitzkin
- Anything You Want by Derek Sivers
- Ringworld by Larry Niven
My favorite books were The Art of Learning and Anything You Want (nonfiction) and Harsh Mistress, Altered Carbon, and Ringworld (fiction). For several of the above books, I started reading them but stopped partway through. Sometimes, this was because I didn’t like the book at all (Yiddish Policemen’s Union, Mythical Man-Month). Other times, its because the book was interesting at first, but got repetitive (Red Queen).
Overall, I tried to do two things: alternate fiction and nonfiction, and read award-winning sci-fi. For scifi, I focused on books that won both the Hugo and the Nebula awards. Sadly, that let me down a few times. Yiddish Policemen’s Union was especially slow in the beginning, and I could not get into it at all.
You can see all my 2016 books and reviews on Goodreads.