Books of 2020

Books of 2020

Here’s what I read last

Red Moon by Kim Stanley Robinson
When Gravity Falls by George Alec Effinger
The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman
The Little Book of Black Holes by Gubser and Pretorius
The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis
Dr Futurity by Phili K Dick
why does E=mc2? by Brian Cox and Jeff Fordham
Heartbreaker by Maryse Meijer
Snapper by Brian Kimberling
Beyond the Rift by Peter Watts
A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
The Trouble With Physics by Lee Smolin
Moon Flights by Elizabeth Moon
The Cosmic Puppets by Philip K Dick
Filaria by Brent Hayward
Bonsai Heresy by Michael Hagedorn
What is Real - the unfinished quest for the meaning in quantum physics by Adam Becker
Einstein by Walter Isaacson

I thought I might have read more in this pandemic year, but I seem to be at least as busy as any other year.

4 physic books, a biography, only one classic this year, most of the rest fiction - oh, and over a half dozen graphic novels I didn’t list.

That’s all for now. Hope you are all well.

Books I read in 2019

2019 books

My reading seems to have dropped off a little.  Sometimes that’s a result of the classics I pick - it takes me longer to get through those sometimes.  This year Middlemarch fell into that category.  Mrs Dalloway was better.  Anyway, here’s the list.  As always, if you want to know more about any of them, feel free to ask.

Crime and Punishment - Dostoyevsky

Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro

Bonsai from Native Trees and Shrubs - Werner Busch

The Art of Bonsai Design - Colin Lewis

Brief Answers to the Big Questions - Stephen Hawking

Glimpses - Lewis Shiner

Strangers in Their Own Land - Arlie Russel Hochschild

Dark Matter - Blake Crouch. (A real page turner)

Playful Intelligence - Anthony T. Debenedet

Frontera - Lewis Shiner.

Stray dog - Kathe Koja

Rag - Maryse Meijer

A Maze of Stars - John Bruner

The Wind From Nowhere - J.G. Ballard

Spin - Robert Charles Wilson (amazing idea - well executed)

Great Expectations - Charles Dickens

Middlemarch - George Eliot

The Dali Lama - His Essential Wisdom

Can I Retire? - Mike Piper  (This was not good news!)

The Book of Joan - Lidia Yuknavitch

Mrs. Dalloway - Virginia’s Woolf (deserving of the label ‘classic’)

What I read in 2018

Here's the list for 2018.  As always, if you see anything here you'd like to hear about, let me know.

I read a few more classics this past year — that's Anne's fault.  She got me a scratch off poster with 100 essential reads, so I'm working my way through those.  I had already read a little over 20 of them, but that means at 5/year, it will still take me until I'm nearly 80 (there's a scary number) to complete the poster.  Hey, you've got to have goals, right!?

This list is mostly in chronological order over the course of the year.  (NF) designates non fiction.

Silence by Shusaku Endo
The Ocean at the end of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Why Buddhism is True by Robert Wright (NF)
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Educated by Tara Westover (NF)
The Telomere Effect by Elizabeth Blacburn and Elissa Epel, PhDs (NF)
Heart of Darkness by James Conrad
No Time To Spare by Ursula K. Le Guin (NF)
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge
The Children of the Sky by Vernor Vinge
ID by Madeline Ashby
Echopracia by Peter Watts
Binti: The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor
Kink by Kathe Koja
Strange Angels by Kathe Koja
The Unteleported Man by Philip K. DIck
A Maze of Death by Philip K. DIck
Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said, by Philip K. DIck
Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Brysson (NF)
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Singularity Sky by Charles Stross
Igniting the Reaches by David Drake
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K. Dick
Lock In by John Scalzi
Enders Shadow by Orson Scott Card
Botany for Bonsai by Enrique Casano de la Serna (NF)

What I read in 2017

Here's the list for 2017, in roughly chronological order.
Let me know if you want to know about any of these.
{Fiction, unless marked with an (NF)}

The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery (NF)
Air Plants by Zenaida Sengo
We are all just completely beside ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
Death's End by Cixin Liu
Hidden figures by Margo Lee Shetterly
Die Again (Rizzoli and Isles) by Tess Gerritsen
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
The Years Best SF (32nd annual) edited by Gardner Dozois
The Brain by David Eagleman
The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor
VALIS by Philip K. Dick
vN by Madeline Ashby
Blindsight by Peter Watts
Skin by Kathe Koja
Qualify by Vera Nazarian
Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey
House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
Chasing the Phoenix by Michael Swanwick
Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu
Symmetry and the beautiful universe by Leon M. Lederman (NF)
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
A Fistful of Sky by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Farewell Horizontal by K. W. Jeter
Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence
The Night We Buried Road Dog by Jack Cady
The Last God by Jean Davis
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Hyperspace by Michio Kaku (NF)

First book of 2018, Silence by Shusaku Endo

What I read in 2016

I found myself listening to more podcasts this year (almost all while walking).  Some of the books I read were
prompted by those podcasts.

I also began reading ebooks in 2016, though the last ebook I read for the year was the first in a trilogy that I will not
be completing.

As always, if you want to know more about any of these, drop me a note.

In sort of chronological order, I read the following last year.

S.  by J.J. Abrahms (yes, he of the lens flare) alternate title 'Ship of Theseus'
From Hell by Alan Moore
The Last Colony by John Scalzi
The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi
Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks
For the Win by Cory Doctorow
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
The Bee Book
Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie
Red Planet Blues by Robert Sawyer
Gravity's Engines by Caleb Scharf
Post-Dated by Michael Hagedorn (book on bonsai)
The Crow of Connemara by Stephen Leigh
O Pioneer by Willa Cather
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson
Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
Voice of the Fire by Alan Moore
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katnerine Howe
Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (I had no idea he had written this!)
The Dubliners by James Joyce
Deus Irae by Philip K Dick and Roger Zelazny
The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu
H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
Madam Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
UBIK by Philip K Dick
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K LeGuin
The Puppet Masters by Robert Heinlein
The Long Walk by Stephen King
A Broken Race by Jean Davis
Worlds by Joe Haldeman
Worlds Apart by Joe Haldeman
Worlds Enough and Time by Joe Haldeman
Avogadro Corp by William Hertling
Dark Souls Trilogy - Book 1 by Jasper Scott

What I read in 2015

Before I list what I read last year, I wanted to mention that I plan to make a real effort to post here on a regular basis this year.  I'm setting myself the goal of doing so once a week for the entire year.  So, if anyone is still reading livejournal, I hope that in the process of getting to know a bit more about me this year, I'll  get to know some of you better as well.

2015 reading list:

Making Callaloo in Detroit (a collection of short stories) by Lolita Hernandez
Stoner by John Williams (my 'classic' this year)
The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene
Madd Addam by Margaret Atwood
Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor
The Land Across by Gene Wolfe (I like Gene Wolfe - but this felt very anachronistic, like something he would
                                                      have written 60 years ago)
Half a King by Joe Abercrombie
The Martian by Andy Weir
The City on the Edge of Forever - the original teleplay in graphic novel form - by Harlan Ellison

There were also a couple bonsai books but, as you can see a pretty short list.  Dealing with Moms, took its toll
on free time this year - and to be honest, I've let myself get caught up in too much of the good TV currently being

What I read in 2014

Here's the list of what I read in 2014.

My reading took quite a hit due to my duties on Detcon1 as well as a couple other things.
I read 6 books before the con, the rest after the con was over.  Here's the list - mostly in
the order I read them:

Accelerando                       Charlie Stross
The Hidden Reality             Brian Greene (an excellent book describing some of the possiblities of recent physics
                                                                  and how they relate to what our universe may be like)
Ender's Game                    Orson Scott Card (reread for the movie - I'm still impressed with this book after 30 years)
VFW: Veterans of the Future Wars       Edited by Martin T. Ingham (Has a story written by my son Joe!)
Alien Island                        T.L.Sherred
Kabu-Kabu                         Nnedi Okorafor
Paradise Tales                   Geoff Ryman (a great collection of stories by an author I had not read before)
The Liminal People            Lama-Everett
Pirate Queen - The Life of Grace O'Malley               Judith Cook (This was something from Kathleen's library)
Trafalgar                            Angelica Gorodischer
Old Man's War                   John Scalzi
Miracles of Life                   J.G.Ballard
The Drought                       J.G.Ballard
Budayeen Nights                George Alec Effinger
An Aberrant Mind               Ken MacGregor (a collection of short stories by a friend of my son Joe)
How to Stay Sane               Philippa Perry
The Omen Machine           Terry Goodkind
Codependent No More       Melody Beattie
Immortal Muse                   Stephen Leigh (Steve, I was impressed with this book - it felt like you stepped up your
                                                                    game in several areas with this one - or the muse really took hold.)
The Warded Man               Petter V. Brett
Vulcan's Soul #1 Exodus    Josepha Sherman and Susan Shwartz
Crystal Rain                       Tobias Buckell

No real classics here, only 4 non fiction.  I was impressed with the quality of the Detcon1 give away titles.
I enjoyed most of them.

Books I read in 2013

This list is a little shorter than the past couple years, but I'm pleased with the variety.  Now if I'd just remember it all.
If you're curious about any of these books, feel free to ask me about them.

Liars and Outliers                                                                                                                                             by Bruce Schneier
Halting State                                                                                                                                                      by Charles Stross
Glasshouse                                                                                                                                                         by Charles Stross
Buddha’s Brain  - the practical newuroscience of happiness, love and wisdom                   by Rick Hanson
Quiet – The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking                                          by Susan Cain
First and Last Men – A Story of the near and far future                                                                   by Olaf Stapledon
Ender’s Game                                                                                                                                                    by Orson Scott Card
Power, Inc.                                                                                                                                                         by David Rothkopf
Arctic Rising                                                                                                                                                       by Tobias S. Buckell
A Thousand Words For Stranger                                                                                                                by Julie E Czerneda
Bonsai from the Wild                                                                                                                                     by A. N. Lenz
Squirrels – The Animal Answer Guide                                                                                                    by Richard W. Thorington Jr. and Katie Ferrell
Self comes to Mind – Constructing the Conscious Brain                                                                 by Antonio Damasio
Redshirst                                                                                                                                  by John Scalzi (Must have been a weak Hugo field that year)
Neptune’s Brood                                                                                                                                             by Charles Stross
Kiln People                                                                                                                                                        by David Brin
Thinking, fast and slow                                                                                                                                 by Daniel Kahneman
Valor’s Trial                                                                                                                                                        by Tanya Huff
The Secret Garden                                                                                                                                          by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Siddhartha                                                                                                                                                          by Hermann Hesse
A Dead Man in Deptford                                                                                                                               by Anthony Burgess
The Fabric of the Cosmos                                                                                                                             by Brian Greene

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I just finished a book by Tanya Huff - 'Valor's Trial'  It was published in 2008 and being 'that' type of reader (one who tends to read the intro and foreword and dedication) I noticed the author had dedicated this book to Mike Glicksohn.  Here's what she wrote:

For Mike Glicksohn.

Who has the very first book I ever signed. (I spelled my own name wrong.)  Whose friendship has been a constant touchstone for the last thirty years.  (Possibly twenty-nine, but who's counting.)  Who was pretty much entirely responsible for the Mictok when he requested "death by giant spider".  (Okay, so technically they were only obliquely at fault for Sergeant Glicksohn's death but still . . .)

It's about time he got one just for him.

If I ever cross paths with Tanya Huff, this is the book I'll have her sign.

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Really enjoyed the warm weather today.  I've been a bit of slug for the past few weeks, which is unusual for me.  I don't have too much of a clue as to the reason(s) for it, but given how I felt today, it might have had at least a little to do with Michigan's preponderance of overcast winter days.  So today, I got busy and put together a couple bluebird nesting boxes (I had purchased the wood to do this 3 weeks ago) which will be put up tomorrow, hopefully in time to still get used this season.  We have actually spotted some bluebirds around the house, so I'm slightly hopeful.  I also made a blood orange chiffon pie which turned out quite well.  I have a couple other little projects to get moving on.  Maybe I can use today's momentum to help get me back crossing off things from my to do list.  Why is it that list never seems to empty out?