Two years have passed since I last reported my annual reading habits (here and here). To make up for lost ground, I present to you a combined 2016 and 2017 end-of-year reading report, courtesy my Goodreads account:
Books I read in 2016
- Batman: Birth of the Demon by Mike W. Barr and Dennis O'Neil
- Batman: Mad Love and Other Stories by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm
- The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C. Clarke
- Wolverine by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller
- Daredevil: Born Again by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli
- Batman: Bruce Wayne, Murderer? by Ed Brubaker and Scott McDaniel
- The Epic Struggle of the Internet of Things by Bruce Sterling
- Writing in Markdown by Matt Gemmell
Books I read in 2017
- The Real World of Technology by Ursula Franklin
- Adaptive Web Design: Crafting Rich Experiences with Progressive Enhancement by Aaron Gustafson
- Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
- The Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.‘s Dream by Gary Younge
- Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City by Guy Delisle
- Daredevil: Yellow and Captain America: White by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale
- The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester
- The Circle by Dave Eggers
- Tragic Design: The True Impact of Bad Design and How to Fix It by Jonathan Shariat
- Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave by Frederick Douglass
- Resilient Web Design by Jeremy Keith
- On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder
- Working the Command Line by Remy Sharp
- Get Ready for CSS Grid Layout by Rachel Andrew
These last two years pale in comparison to 2015’s book-reading bonanza. Nevertheless, I did read a lot of interesting non-fiction and consumed a healthy dose of graphic novels.
I’ve got a few goals for 2018:
- Read more—both fiction and non-fiction—by women, people of color, and other under-represented voices. I’ll use my existing pile of unread books, NPR’s Best Books of 2017, and R. O. Kwon’s 46 Books By Women of Color to Read in 2018 as starting points.
- Improve the balance between fiction and non-fiction and diversify within those two categories (e.g. historical fiction and sci-fi, politics and programming).
- Spend more of the daily commute reading (instead of, say, scrolling through Twitter).
- Choose to finish what I start or abandon what I don’t like. I’ve got a small habit of starting and not finishing books without deliberately setting aside ones that aren’t piquing my interest.
That about covers it for me. What have you read in the last year or so that you found meaningful and/or enjoyable?