2008 Book Reading

I read 50 books in 2008 after setting a meager goal of 20 books.  I was assuming that I would be too slogged with schoolwork, which was for the most part true.  I read a ton of books over the summer, though.

This year, in 2009, I am setting a goal of 40 books.

Below is a list of what I read in 2008.  The list isn’t really a good reflection of the reading I’ve done.  Some of the things below aren’t proper “books”.  I’ve also read probably thousands of blog posts, hundreds of news articles, and many long documents for school.  Perhaps one cool app would be to calculate roughly how many words one reads a day.

The number before the book info is my rating from 1 to 10.  I tend to vote higher for what I consider to be original ideas or research…although sometimes I get really bored with some books and rate them lower as a result.

10 Sebastian Mallaby – The World’s Banker
10 Paul Collier – The Bottom Billion
10 John Rapley – Understanding Development
6 Philip Pollock – The Essentials of Political Analysis
5 Philip Pollock – An SPSS Companion to Political Analysis
6 Evelin Lindner – Making Enemies
6 Dan Ariely – Predictably Irrational
4 David Bornstein – How to Change the World
6 Paul Krugman – The Great Unraveling
9 Rory Stewart – The Places in Between
7 Robert Putnam – Bowling Alone
7 Ross Terrill – The New Chinese Empire
8 Don Tapscott, Anthony Williams – Wikinomics
6 Larry Bossidy, Ram Charan – Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done
9 Gary Schroen – First In
10 Victor Cherkashin – Spy Handler
7 Jeffrey Sachs – Common Wealth
10 Charles Ferguson – High St@kes, No Prisoners
4 John Elkington – The Power of Unreasonable People
7 Bill Moyers, Joseph Campbell – The Power of Myth
5 Jim Collins – Good to Great
6 Heinrich Harrer – Seven Years in Tibet
6 Eamonn Kelly – Powerful Times
8 Muhammad Yunus – Creating a World Without Poverty
10 Fareed Zakaria – The Post-American World
10 Naomi Klein – The Shock Doctrine
7 Jeffry Timmons – New Venture Creation
9 Michael Scheuer – Marching Toward Hell
9 Howard Rheingold – Smart Mobs
7 Katie Hafner – Where Wizards Stay Up Late
6 Judy Schachner – Skippyjon Jones
6 Christopher Tyerman – The Crusades:  A Very Short Introduction
5 National Research Council – The Internet’s Coming of Age
5 Amin Maalouf – The Crusades Through Arab Eyes
9 Omar Nasiri – Inside the Jihad
9 Marc Sageman – Understanding Terror Networks
6 Daniel Solove – The Future of Reputation
3 Dennis Bailey – The Open Society Paradox
9 Jonathan Zittrain – The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It
6 Simson Garfinkel – Database Nation
8 Mao Tse-Tung – On Guerrilla Warfare
10 Parag Khanna – The Second World
10 Lawrence Lessig – The Future of Ideas
8 John Clippinger – A Crowd of One
10 William Easterly – The White Man’s Burden
6 Paco Underhill – Why We Buy
7 Lawrence Lessig – Remix
10 Robert Kagan – The Return of History and the End of Dreams
9 Andrew Bacevich – The Limits of Power:  The End of American Exceptionalism
8 Michael Heller – The Gridlock Economy


  1. I was thinking about a word count app the other day – I guess the most accurate way would be something built into glasses to see what our eyeballs are actually reading. But I think the metrics, etc. that we could garner from that would be really useful (not too mention searching – I’ve often forgotten in what medium I read something…)

    btw, How do you remember all the books you’ve read? I wish I could put together a similar list.

  2. The metrics would be super useful…how have our reading patterns changed over time? What’s our actual reading comprehension vs. words identified? How does time of day/fatigue/etc. affect our reading patterns?

    I didn’t remember all the books…I just record them on a list as I finish them. It’s a little nerdy but oh well.

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