Don't call it a resolution, but I aim to read more books in 2017.

A plan:

  • Read more books!
  • Plan my reading (loosely), to ensure a healthy varied diet of fiction, non-fiction and "work" titles
  • Keep track and keep myself honest by posting progress
  • Reflect on what I've read by writing short notes and reviews

This page lists what I've read and what I plan on reading. I'll add to it as I go.

Books I've read so far (updated Jan 16th)

  • Sleeping Giants.
  • Men Explain Things To Me, Rebecca Solint.
  • Some Jack Reacher book, abandoned after 5 chapters.
  • My Dog Is A Carrot, John Hegley.
  • Stories of your life, Ted Chiang. Short sci-fi stories, including the one that went on to become Arrival. Most of the stories are excellent, and some are genuinely brain-bending. One tickled me particularly, a modern take on a A. E. van Vogt style of story: Understand.
  • Indivisible. Recommended. "Former congressional staffers reveal best practices for making Congress listen". Practical tips for participatory democracy at the friend & neighbor level - even if your current reps are already pulling in the right direction, as here in NH. Free, short, and online.
  • Golden Son, Pierce Brown. Mars is revolting! The author's site has some nifty extended universe stuff. I think I'd probably have been an Orange.

Non-fiction to read

Design / biz to read

Fiction to read

  • The Fifth Season, NK Jesimin.
  • His Bloody Project. Mystery set during the Highland Clearances.
  • The Quarry, Iain Banks. I've had this on my shelf for years. I think it's his last book? Perhaps that's why I haven't read it - once I have, there won't be any more new Iain Banks for me to read, ever again. That, and I don't fancy it much.
  • Area X sequence. Our library has a nifty scheme where they'll surprise you with a tailored recommendation, based on your recent favorites. This is what they picked.
  • Anything new by
    • Neal Stephenson. No new solo works but he is co-authoring The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. this year. It sounds a bit Dan Brown-ish but I'll pick it up week 1. In the meantime, let's enjoy this short story about a paranoid chip (from 1997).
    • William Gibson. The Peripheral is now 3 years old, so perhaps we'll get a new one this year.
    • China MiĆ©ville