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Books I plan to read this year

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My girlfriend and I are in competition to see who can read the most books this year. Before going through my list, let's have a look at my bookshelf.

My bookshelf has more than books on it

As you can see, I have a lot going on. Eagle-eyed observers will see that some books have red dot stickers on them. Those are there to symbolize which books I have not read yet, or started but haven't finished. In alphabetical order, they are:

  • 1984 — George Orwell review
  • The 48 Laws of Power — Robert Greene
  • A Culture of Innovation: Insider accounts of computing and life at BBN — David Walden and Raymond Nickerson
  • The Art of Profitability — Adrian Slywotzky
  • The Art of the Start — Guy Kawasaki
  • Astronomy 101 — Carolyn Collins Petersen
  • Brave New World — Aldous Huxley
  • Bring the Outdoors In — Shane Powers and Gentl & Hyers
  • Business Model Generation — Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur
  • The Cold Between — Elizabeth Bonesteel
  • Connectography — Parag Khanna
  • Cosmos — Carl Sagan
  • Count Zero — William Gibson review
  • Designing News — Francesco Franchi
  • Easy Origami — John Montroll
  • The Fabric of the Cosmos — Brian Greene
  • Getting Things Done — David Allen
  • HOLO 2 — Various Artists/Writers
  • Humans Of New York stories — Brandon Stanton
  • Illuminations: Wisdom From This Planet's Greatest Minds — Illuminatiam
  • Isaac Newton's Principia Mathematica Reissue — Kronecker Wallis
  • The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047 — Lionel Shriver
  • The Mission Chinese Food Cookbook — Danny Bowien and Chris Ying
  • Mona Lisa Overdrive — William Gibson
  • NASA Graphic Standards Manual reissue — Jesse Reed & Hamish Smyth
  • The Nature of Code — Daniel Shiffman
  • NES/Famicom: a visual compendium — Sam Dyer
  • NLP: The New Technology of Achievement — NLP Comprehensive and Steve Andreas
  • Operating Systems: Design and Implementation — Andrew S Tanenbaum and Albert S Woodhull
  • A People's History of the United States — Howard Zinn
  • Physics of the Future — Michio Kaku
  • Rayla 2212 — Ytasha L Womack
  • The Remnants of Trust — Elizabeth Bonesteel
  • The Secret Recipes — Dominique Ansel
  • Selling the Invisible — Harry Beckwith
  • Snowcrash — Neal Stephenson
  • Space Chronicles — Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Universal Principles of Design — William Lidwell and Kritina Holden

That's 38 books in total. Of those, two of them aren't actually in my possession yet. Isaac Newton's Principia Mathematica Reissue and NES/Famicom: a visual compendium are both Kickstarter-backed books that should be delivered sometime this year.

To hold myself accountable and make sure I retain the information I read, I'm going to do book reports on this blog which will basically be reviews. My girlfriend is going to do the same thing on her blog, so be sure to check that out.

I am most excited to read Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive because I absolutely love Neuromancer (all three of these books were written by William Gibson). I've read it a few times already. Funny story, while still in high school I visited a Border's bookstore (RIP) to buy Neuromancer. The store clerk thought I said "New Romancer" and wasted 10 minutes trying to find the incorrect book. In hindsight, I'm surprised that wasn't a real book in the store.

Anyhoo, the book I am reading right now is A Culture of Innovation: Insider accounts of computing and life at BBN. I am fascinated about the beginnings of the Internet. To think that it didn't always exist and now it's in the very fabric of our lives thanks in part to the people at Bolt Beranek and Newman is so cool to me. 🕸