Since I do a fair amount of reading, and in many cases listening, I track the books I’ve read (fiction), the ones I’m reading and the ones I wish to read. Besides those lists, I’ve also created lists by years. Since I started tracking in mid 2010, that’s the year of the first list.
There is a group of people who try to read 52 books a year, or a book a week, which I’ve joined. Some review the books they read. Some managed to do this since 2003, others since 2005 and beat the 52 book mark by a good margin almost every year since. The reviews are pretty good too. Yet, others started just a year ahead of me. For the year 2011, I’m the 137th to have joined the challenge. Here is the 2012 page.
I’m not trying to hit any specific number of books per year. I enjoy reading and enjoy learning even more. I like to read as much as I can, because it’s fun and because I hate wasting a second without doing something useful or fun. Preferably both together.
- Total books read: 17+
- Favorite book: Did Muhammad Exist?: An Inquiry into Islam’s Obscure Origins (Robert Spencer).
- Least favorite book: Rise of ISIS: A Threat We Can’t Ignore (Jay Sekulow).
- Total books read: 73
- Favorite book: Religion Explained: The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Thought (Pascal Boyer).
- Least favorite book: When I Was a Child I Read Books: Essays (Marilynne Robinson).
- Total books read: 60
- Favorite book: The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America’s Response (Peter Balakian).
- Least favorite book: The Language God Talks: On Science and Religion (Herman Wouk).
- Total books read: 46
- Favorite book: Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid (Douglas R. Hofstadter).
- Least favorite book: The Reagan Revolution: A Very Short Introduction (Gil Troy).
- Total books read: 66
- Favorite book: Climbing Mount Improbable (Richard Dawkins).
- Least favorite book: Superstition of Divorce (G. K. Chesterton).
- Total books read: 44
- Favorite book: Death By Black Hole (Neil deGrasse Tyson).
- Least favorite book: How To Argue And Win Every Time (Gerry Spence).