A List of Books I Read in 2017

  • 2017 Goal: 15 books
  • 2017 Outcome: 21 books

In 2017, I spent my first full year as a father, and I was busy at work helping to build a lot of infrastructure.

There were a lot of books I rated as a 10 this year (8/21).  I was surprised at how stellar these books were; true delights to read.  A full 1/3 (7/21) of the authors were female, the highest percentage for me to date.

In terms of my reading habits, I’ve fully transitioned away from reading a dedicated Kindle tablet to reading on my iPhone’s Kindle app on the slightly longer Brooklyn-Manhattan commute.  I also began reading way more news links via my phone (versus my PC) than I used to, but Twitter is still the primary source of reading material.  In general I’m reading fewer links from Twitter and social media in general as I don’t have much time to browse at work.  I stalled out trying to read some highly-rated scifi novels (generally a bad move for me) and some cooking memoirs that were busts.  I tried to augment my parenting education with some fairly popular books.  With regards to software engineering, I find that blog posts have become indispensable and excelsior sources of information, as different companies’ engineering departments tend to have pretty competitive and detailed blogs.  I have a backlog of hardcopy books because I don’t have many opportunities to read them (it’s tough for me to read an actual book on the subway since it typically requires 1.5+ reasonably available hands).

I would suspect in 2018 I will read more books than last.  Work will be less of research and experimentation than it was last year, so I should have more time for recreational learning instead of work-focused learning.  I’ll set 2018’s goal to 25.

Feel free to look through my previous years’ lists of books.