Books of 2014

I read a ton this year, but I did not read as many books as my record setting 2013 of 20 books. I read many more technical articles and Longreads than anything else. While all of that is tough to track, I did make time to read 9 different books:

  1. Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal
  2. Parenting with Love and Logic: Teaching Children Responsibility
  3. A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II
  4. Exploding the Phone: The Untold Story of the Teenagers and Outlaws who Hacked Ma Bell
  5. Catching Fire (Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 2)
  6. Mockingjay: Movie Tie-In Edition (The Hunger Games)
  7. Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture ManifestoChuck Klosterman.
  8. George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution
  9. Death to the BCS: Totally Revised and Updated: The Definitive Case Against the Bowl Championship Series eBook: Dan Wetzel, Josh Peter, Jeff Passan: Books

Readers’ High

Last year, I read 20 books. This year, I have only read a few so far, but I have still been reading a significant amount of words, they just are not in books. I have been utilizing Feedly and Pocket to read a lot more in the technical realm, and longer articles.

Aside: I wish my Kindle, Feedly, and Pocket each provided some more statistics on how many articles I’ve read, and how long each one took me to read. Their plugins could then tell me how many words per minute I read, and how long a potential book/article would take me to read.

I have a few books I’ve been wanting to read for a while, and elected to start one last week: A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II

The book was fantastic, but I begin to hate myself when I get into a good book: I turn into an addict. I get a readers’ high.

I routinely went to bed well beyond midnight, which is against my initiative to maximize my productive time. I become very single-threaded in my reading efforts, and essentially bailed on all other research topics to see how this book ended as quickly as possible. I’m not sure if this is credit to the author, or a knock on myself. Either way, I was not nearly as productive on my personal areas of interest.

Now that I am done with the book, I hope to wrap up a few interesting technical ideas I’ve been wanting to research and post on. Or I’ll just start another book.

Books of 2013

I set a personal book record in 2013 with 20 books completed this past calendar year. I did not get into reading for pleasure until the few weeks between finishing college and starting my first job, where I read Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse. After that book, I’ve been hooked ever since.

I think one of the reasons I read so many books this year was due to my Kindle. At first I was very against the e-reader craze; mainly because I enjoy the feel and smell of a book. The ability to easily take notes was a huge plus for me as well, but once I started reading with my Kindle combined with the Kindle app on my phone, I was hooked and have not read a paper book since.

In order of 2013 completion, I read the following:

  1. Life of Pi
  2. Getting Real
  3. Water for Elephants
  4. Start Small, Stay Small: A Developer’s Guide to Launching a Startup
  5. The Red Circle: My Life in the Navy SEAL Sniper Corps and How I Trained America’s Deadliest Marksmen
  6. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
  7. Signs of Life: 40 Catholic Customs and Their Biblical Roots
  8. Know Your Bible: All 66 Books Explained and Applied
  9. A Biblical Walk Through The Mass: Understanding What We Say And Do In The Liturgy
    • My favorite spiritual book of the year.
  10. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
  11. The Boglehead’s Guide to Investing
  12. Control Exposing the Truth About Guns
  13. When the Game was Ours
  14. The Hunger Games
  15. True Grit: A Novel
    *Borrowed from my local library via my Kindle.
  16. Sphere
    *Borrowed from my local library via my Kindle.
  17. Ender’s Game
    *A book I’ve always wanted to read, but recently made time for with the movie that came out. Still have not seen the movie.
  18. Outliers: The Story of Success
  19. Rebuilt: Awakening the Faithful, Reaching the Lost, and Making Church Matter
  20. No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden