What I Read in 2010


Continuing what I started last year, here’s the list of books I managed to read this year. I read slightly fewer books this year than last (33 compared to 38). I didn’t exactly aim high (in last year’s post I said I wanted to read at a “similar pace”) so I guess I didn’t fail that miserably. I’m slowly reducing the amount of movies and TV I watch, so hopefully that will provide a little more room to read a bit more in 2011.

As I stated last year, I don’t finish books that I am not enjoying, so each book in the list below I’d recommend to varying degrees. If I’m picking favorites, I’d have to go with Ender’s Game, The Gun Seller and Daemon for my favorite fiction reads. My top three non-fiction books this year (excluding the web-related ones) would be Amusing Ourselves to Death, Flow and Better Off.

  1. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

  2. Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman

  3. What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell

  4. I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

  5. Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

  6. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams

  7. The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams

  8. Essential PHP Security by Chris Shiflett

  9. Infoquake by David Louis Edelman

  10. Good to Great by Jim Collins

  11. Blindness by Jose Saramago

  12. The Search by John Battelle

  13. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

  14. Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card

  15. Natural-Born Cyborgs by Andy Clark

  16. The Forest and the Trees by Allan G. Johnson

  17. Better Off by Eric Brende

  18. Xenocide by Orson Scott Card

  19. Alice In Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carrol

  20. The Shallows by Nicholas Carr

  21. 97 Things Every Programmer Should Know by Kevlin Henney

  22. The Time Machine by HG Wells

  23. Glasshouse by Charles Stross

  24. Rapt by Winifred Gallagher

  25. The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie

  26. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Emil Frankl

  27. Daemon by Daniel Suarez

  28. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

  29. Marooned in Realtime by Vernor Vigne

  30. Rework by Jason Fried

  31. Forever War by Joe Haldeman

  32. HTML5 Up and Running by Mark Pilgram

  33. Flashforward by Robert Sawyer