My 2013 Reading List

2013 reading challenge

My goal this year was to finish reading a book every other week. (For the math or calendar challenged, that’s a goal of 26 books.) I’m happy to say that I smashed through that goal. I ended up with 44 books on my Read in 2013 shelf during the year.

A-Z Challenge
You can see the cover for each and every book just below. If you look closely, you will see that the books are in alphabetical order. If you look even closer, you will see that each letter in the alphabet is represented.

I responded to a challenge on Goodreads to do so. It helped clear a few items that had been loitering on my to-read list, based solely on the first letter of the book’s title. As you might expect, the letters Q, X, Y, and Z have very limited choices.

GoodReads versus LibraryThing

I’m still tracking my books in two parallel systems. Library Thing has a superior platform for cataloging books. GoodReads has a better platform for interacting with other readers, sharing reviews, and sharing booklists. In the past I’ve treated them equally, but GoodReads is becoming my primary platform with LibraryThing as an afterthought.

It was a big effort to get all of the books into my LibraryThing collection in 2009. I was disappointed that GoodReads couldn’t add most of the very old books I have sitting on my shelf. They predate ISBN designations which GoodReads relies upon. As a result, LibraryThing has 1432 of my books, while Goodreads only has 1099.

As I’ve been bringing the kids to the library more, I’ve also been borrowing more books from the library. I’ve been more focused on the books I read, than the books I own. That tilts towards Goodreads strength.

I’ve also started winnowing out my library and giving away books. 1432 books take up a lot of space. If I still want LibraryThing to be an accurate catalog of my books, that means deleting the books as they leave the house. That adds an extra effort that I’m not sure is worth it.

Now I’m looking for reading suggestions for 2014. Do you have recommendations?
Have you joined GoodReads?

2013 Reading List:
2312Act of Congress: How America's Essential Institution Works, and How It Doesn'tAntifragile: Things That Gain from DisorderBunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a RevolutionCaught Stealing (Hank Thompson, #1)Comic Books and the Cold War, 1946 to 1962: Essays on Graphic Treatment of Communism, the Code and Social ConcernsThe Dog StarsEmpty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American FortuneFoundation, Foundation and Empire, Second FoundationThe GunHigh Performance with High Integrity  The Infiltrator: My Secret Life Inside the Dirty Banks Behind Pablo Escobar's Medellín CartelJoylandThe King's Best Highway: The Lost History of the Boston Post Road, the Route That Made AmericaLucifer's HammerA Manual of Style for Contract DraftingMastering SnowboardingMortal Bonds (Jason Stafford, #2)The Most Memorable Games in Patriots History: The Oral History of a Legendary TeamMr. Penumbra's 24-Hour BookstoreMy Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite DinosaursNocturnalThe Ocean at the End of the LaneOctopus: Sam Israel, the Secret Market, and Wall Street's Wildest ConThe Orphan Master's SonThe Ponzi Scheme Puzzle: A History and Analysis of Con Artists and VictimsThe Quick and the DeadReady Player OneRedshirtsThe Remaining: Aftermath (Remaining, #2)The Remaining: Refugees (Remaining, #3)SCIENCE: Ruining Everything Since 1543The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - But Some Don'tSomeone Could Get Hurt: A Memoir of Twenty-First-Century ParenthoodThe Theory That Would Not DieUnbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and RedemptionThe Vast Unknown: America's First Ascent of EverestThe Walking Dead, Vol. 17: Something to FearThe Walking Dead, Vol. 18: What Comes AfterThe Walking Dead, Vol. 19: March to WarX-Men OriginsYear ZeroYear ZeroZone One

Books I Read in 2009

Since Jack Vinson published the list of the books he read in 2009, I thought I would too. Although, I left off the dozens (hundreds?) of books I read to my kids during 2009.

Here they are, mostly in chronological order:

The Black Swan

The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. The title of the book comes from the observations of Europeans that all swans are white. Much to their surprise, they came to Australia and found their first black swan.

My review: Book Review: The Black Swan

Gods Behaving Badly: A Novel by Marie Phillips

This book managed to squash any latent desire I had to take up high altitude mountaineering. High Crimes by Michael Kodas

My Review: Book Review – High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed

joker one

Joker One is the story of a Marine platoon commander and his platoon’s deployment in Ramadi in 2004.

My Review: Joker One Book Review


Jennifer Woodlief tells the story of the 1982 avalanche at the Lake Tahoe ski resort of Alpine Meadows.

My review: A Wall of White – My Book Review


The autobiography of Lynne Cox – Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer. She is a remarkable athlete with an incredible ability to swim long distances and withstand hours in freezing water.

My review: Swimming to Antarctica


In How Shall I Tell the Dog?: And Other Final Musings, the late Miles Kington offers his observations about his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.

My review: How Shall I Tell The Dog?


The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court was written by Jeffrey Tobin, a staff writer for The New Yorker and a senior legal analyst at CNN. Toobin guides us through the last twenty years of court history by focusing on individual justices and their roles in some of the most controversial cases.

Weekend Book Review – The Nine

beyond the horizon

In Beyond the Horizon: The First Human-Powered Expedition to Circle the Globe, Colin Angus details his attempt to circumnavigate the globe.

My review: Beyond the Horizon: The First Human-Powered Expedition to Circle the Globe

Beyond-roads-end Beyond Road’s End: Living Free in Alaska
ALIEN CAKE Cake decorating, humor and a blog sound like an odd combination. Jen Yates of Cake Wrecks manages to mix them all together with hilarious results when professional cakes go hilariously wrong. Now Jen has compiled some of her best cakes and a whole lot of new content into a new book: Cake Wrecks: When Professional Cakes Go Hilariously Wrong.

Andrew McAfee’s Enterprise 2.0 pulls together all of the bits and pieces that he has said about Enterprise 2.0. Because even if you are familiar with McAfee and Enterprise 2.0, you have not had it all put together nicely in one place.

My review: Enterprise 2.0 – The Book

The Road

For a gripping father-son story, try The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

My Review: Book Review: The Road by Cormac McCarthy

free the future of a radical price by Chris Anderson

Chris Anderson’s new book: Free: The Future of a Radical Price. Given that I am a lawyer, I kept thinking about how his concepts apply to law firms.

My review: Free and Law Firms


Social Networking for the Legal Profession by Penny Edwards and Lee Bryant.

My review: Social Networking for the Legal Profession


I am a little late to the game when it comes to reading some of Malcolm Gladwell’s books, including Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

My review: Blink and Compliance

drunkards walk Leonard Mlodinow’s The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives.
watching giants Watching Giants: The Secret Lives of Whales by Elin Kelsey.
My review: Mission Flats – A Great Crime Novel for Your Bookshelf
girl with the dragon tattoo

Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a tale of a complicated international financial fraud and the buried evil past of a wealthy Swedish industrial family.

My review: The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo – A Swedish Crime Novel

makers cory doctorow

Cory Doctorow tells the story in the near future of a two hardware hackers who fall in with microfinancing venture capitalists and invent the “New Work” economy, and then find themselves swimming with corporate sharks, fighting with each other, and leading a band of global techno-revolutionaries.

My Take on Makers by Cory Doctorow

SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance

That’s twenty-two for the year.

Here are the books I am currently reading.

And the books I have lined up to read.