This post and exercise was inspired by James’ post Picking 52 Books to Read in 2015.
My main goal is to improve on 2014 (i.e. > 21) and reverse the downward trend of the last 3 years. A secondary goal is to read more non-fiction books. For this purpose I’ve compiled a list of 30 books, 18 of which are non-fiction while the remaining 12 are fiction.
A byproduct of this exercise is that it has forced me to think more about what i’m reading instead of taking the mostly impulsive decision after finishing a book. Also, while doing the exercise i had a look at my shelves and Kindle Cloud and added many books which i already own but have not yet read. I have highlighted these in brown.
I’m happy with what I’ve chosen for fiction. After the disappointing 2014 experience, this year I’ve shown preference towards the more established books instead of new publications.
My to-read list is on Goodreads and when i went through the non-fiction books in order to make a selection i realised that i didn’t have that many to choose from and so i decided to start looking for more options outside my to-read list.
Now i think it’s a better list with my natural preference towards historical books but i have also thrown in some which are a bit different such as Where Did You Go? Out. What Did You Do? Nothing., Drugs Without the Hot Air: Minimising the Harms of Legal and Illegal Drugs and A Calendar of Wisdom: Daily Thoughts to Nourish the Soul. Many of these books are on the long side so i’m aware that the aim of reading 18 might be optimistic.
Regardless of how it goes i have to admit that i enjoyed doing this!
Something i would like to do next in 2015 is to start a small book club with 1-2 friends but that’s another post!
|1||Drugs Without the Hot Air: Minimising the Harms of Legal and Illegal Drugs||David Nutt|
|2||Where Did You Go? Out. What Did You Do? Nothing.||Robert P. Smith|
|3||Puskas on Puskas||Ferenc Puskas|
|4||Capital in the Twenty-First Century||Thomas Piketty|
|5||The Gate||Francois Bizot|
|6||War from the Ground Up||Emile Simpson|
|7||Private Empire: Exxon Mobil and American Power||Steve Coll|
|8||King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa||Adam Hochschild|
|9||A Calendar of Wisdom: Daily Thoughts to Nourish the Soul||Fyodor Dostoyevski|
|10||The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger||Marc Levinson|
|11||Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II||John W. Dower|
|12||Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, The Damascus Incident and the Illusion of Safety||Eric Schlosser|
|13||Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo and the Battle that Defined a Generation||Blake J. Harris|
|14||Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam||Frances Fitzgerald|
|15||Empire of Difference: The Ottomans in Comparative Perspective||Karen Barkey|
|16||Lawrence in Arabia: Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East||Scott Anderson|
|17||Not Even My Name: A True Story||Thea Halo|
|18||Lenin’s Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire||David Remnick|
|2||Remains of the Day||Kazuo Ishiguro|
|3||Small Island||Andrea Levy|
|4||Johnny Got His Gun||Dalton Trumbo|
|5||All the King’s Men||Robert P. Warren|
|6||The Ace of Skulls||Chris Wooding|
|7||The Orphan Master’s Son||Adam Johnson|
|8||The Catcher in the Rye||J.D Salinger|
|9||Brave New World||Aldous Huxley|
|10||The Fall||Albert Camus|
|11||Sophie’s World||Jostein Gaarder|
|12||Crime and Punishment||Fyodor Dostoyevski|