Books 2013

I made it through more books this year largely because I read a lot of epic fantasy, which I can plow through quite fast. In 2014 I hope to increase my audiobook listening and utilize the library more.

Books

# Title Author Pages Start Date End Date
1 Alif the Unseen G. Willow Wilson 433 2012/12/28 2013/01/03
2 The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail – But Some Don’t Nate Silver 544 2013/1/6 2013/01/19
3 Knife of Dreams (Wheel of Time, #11) Robert Jordan 814 2013/1/19 2013/01/26
4 The Gathering Storm (Wheel of Time, #12; A Memory of Light, #1) Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson 1120 2013/1/27 2013/01/29
5 Towers of Midnight (Wheel of Time, #13; A Memory of Light, #2) Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson 865 2013/1/30 2013/02/01
6 A Memory of Light (Wheel of Time, #14) Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson 909 2013/2/1 2013/02/02
7 C++ Concurrency in Action Anthony Williams 528 2012/12/9 2013/02/02
8 Legion Brandon Sanderson 88 2013/2/16 2013/02/16
9 Debt: The First 5,000 Years David Graeber 534 2013/2/3 2013/02/21
10 The Mongoliad: Book Two (Foreworld, #2) Neal Stephenson, Erik Bear, Greg Bear, Joseph Brassey, Nicole Galland, Cooper Moo, Mark Teppo, Mike Grell 464 2013/2/22 2013/03/03
11 The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York Deborah Blum 336 2013/3/3 2013/03/10
12 The Mongoliad: Book Three (Foreworld, #3) Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, Mark Teppo, Nicole Galland, Erik Bear, Joseph Brassey, Cooper Moo, Mike Grell 804 2013/3/12 2013/03/21
13 Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time Jeff Speck 320 2013/3/24 2013/03/29
14 The Stockholm Octavo Karen Engelmann 432 2013/3/31 2013/04/08
15 Mistborn Trilogy (Mistborn, #1-3) Brandon Sanderson 2307 2013/4/14 2013/04/29
16 The Lives of Tao Wesley Chu 464 2013/5/1 2013/05/04
17 VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health . . . for Good Mark Bittman 288 2013/5/13 2013/05/13
18 The Emperor’s Soul Brandon Sanderson 167 2013/5/10 2013/05/17
19 RabbitMQ in Action: Distributed Messaging for Everyone Alvaro Videla 314 2013/5/13 2013/05/19
20 The Warded Man (Demon Cycle, #1) Peter V. Brett 434 2013/5/9 2013/05/27
21 The Desert Spear (Demon Cycle, #2) Peter V. Brett 674 2013/5/24 2013/06/03
22 The Modern Web: Multi-Device Web Development with HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript Peter Gasston 264 2013/5/29 2013/06/08
23 The Daylight War (Demon Cycle, #3) Peter V. Brett 768 2013/6/3 2013/06/08
24 City 2.0: The Habitat of the Future and How to Get There TED Books 119 2013/5/27 2013/06/10
25 Elantris Brandon Sanderson 508 2013/6/9 2013/06/16
26 The Prisoner of Heaven (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #3) Carlos Ruiz Zafón 279 2013/6/13 2013/06/22
27 Lexicon Max Barry 400 2013/6/16 2013/06/26
28 Effective C++: 55 Specific Ways to Improve Your Programs and Designs Scott Meyers 318 2013/6/22 2013/06/28
29 The Alloy of Law (Mistborn, #4) Brandon Sanderson 333 2013/6/15 2013/07/01
30 Neptune’s Brood (Freyaverse #2) Charles Stross 336 2013/6/29 2013/07/07
31 Bad Data Handbook: Cleaning Up The Data So You Can Get Back To Work Q. Ethan McCallum 264 2013/7/4 2013/07/10
32 Leviathan Wakes (Expanse, #1) James S.A. Corey 561 2013/6/29 2013/07/15
33 City: A Guidebook for the Urban Age P.D. Smith 400 2013/7/11 2013/07/23
34 Caliban’s War (Expanse, #2) James S.A. Corey 595 2013/4/9 2013/07/23
35 The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can: Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer Gretchen Reynolds 257 2013/7/16 2013/07/27
36 Abaddon’s Gate (Expanse, #3) James S.A. Corey 566 2013/7/15 2013/08/03
37 The Dragon’s Path (The Dagger and the Coin, #1) Daniel Abraham 555 2013/7/24 2013/08/17
38 The King’s Blood (The Dagger and the Coin #2) Daniel Abraham 517 2013/8/18 2013/08/20
39 Interactive Data Visualization for the Web Scott Murray 272 2013/7/27 2013/08/21
40 Terra Nova: The New World After Oil, Cars, and Suburbs Eric W. Sanderson 352 2013/8/11 2013/08/23
41 The Tyrant’s Law (The Dagger and the Coin, #3) Daniel Abraham 512 2013/8/24 2013/09/06
42 Ninety Percent of Everything: Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry That Puts Clothes on Your Back, Gas in Your Car, and Food on Your Plate Rose George 304 2013/9/8 2013/09/17
43 Introduction to Tornado Michael Dory, Adam Parrish, Brendan Berg 138 2013/9/12 2013/09/18
44 The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1) Philip Pullman 399 2013/9/15 2013/09/24
45 Average Is Over: Powering America Beyond the Age of the Great Stagnation Tyler Cowen 304 2013/9/21 2013/09/29
46 The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials, #2) Philip Pullman 326 2013/10/1 2013/10/11
47 Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy Christopher L. Hayes 2013/10/11 2013/10/24
48 The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, #3) Philip Pullman 518 2013/10/14 2013/11/04
49 The Incrementalists Steven Brust, Skyler White 304 2013/11/6 2013/11/21
50 The Deaths of Tao Wesley Chu 464 2013/12/3 2013/12/17
51 Steelheart (Reckoners, #1) Brandon Sanderson 384 2013/12/23 2013/12/28

Audiobooks

# Title Author Length Start Date End Date
1 The Mark of Athena Rick Riordan 15:08:00 2013/12/01 2013/12/21

Books 2012

I read a considerably larger number of books in 2012 than in 2011, largely because I started rereading the Wheel of Time series, which I can read quickly, and which has a very high page count.

My audiobook consumption dropped quite dramatically once I moved out to California. I haven’t found a good way yet to incorporate them into my schedule.

Statistics

  • Total # of books: 33
  • Total length of books: 16,632 pages
  • Total # of audiobooks: 7
  • Total length of audiobooks: 3 days, 7:18:00

Books

# Title Author Pages Start Date End Date
1 Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier Edward L. Glaeser 352 12/22/2011 1/2/2012
2 The Great Stagnation: How America Ate All The Low-Hanging Fruit of Modern History, Got Sick, and Will (Eventually) Feel Better Tyler Cowen 64 1/2/2012 1/3/2012
3 The Gated City Ryan Avent 90 1/9/2012 1/9/2012
4 Ready Player One Ernest Cline 384 1/5/2012 1/9/2012
5 Locavesting: The Revolution in Local Investing and How to Profit From It Amy Cortese 275 1/16/2012 1/25/2012
6 Reamde Neal Stephenson 1044 1/10/2012 2/4/2012
7 The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time, #1) Robert Jordan 752 2/5/2012 2/14/2012
8 The Great Hunt (Wheel of Time, #2) Robert Jordan 705 2/21/2012 2/22/2012
9 The Crash Course: The Unsustainable Future of Our Economy, Energy, and the Environment. Chris Martenson Chris Martenson 336 2/23/2012 3/2/2012
10 Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic John De Graaf, David Wann, Thomas H. Naylor, Thomas H Naylor, David Horsey, Vicki Robin 288 2/5/2012 3/17/2012
11 The Dragon Reborn (Wheel of Time, #3) Robert Jordan 632 3/24/2012 3/26/2012
12 An Unconventional Guide to Investing in Troubled Times Charles Hugh Smith 246 3/27/2012 4/1/2012
13 Terminal World Alastair Reynolds 487 4/1/2012 4/11/2012
14 The Shadow Rising (Wheel of Time, #4) Robert Jordan 1014 4/17/2012 4/28/2012
15 The Fires of Heaven (Wheel of Time, #5) Robert Jordan 926 4/30/2012 5/7/2012
16 Arctic Rising Tobias S. Buckell 304 5/29/2012 5/31/2012
17 Look to Windward (Culture, #7) Iain M. Banks 496 6/5/2012 7/24/2012
18 The Mongoliad, Book One Neal Stephenson, Erik Bear, Greg Bear, Joseph Brassey, E.D. deBirmingham, Cooper Moo, Mark Teppo 432 7/27/2012 8/11/2012
19 Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet Andrew Blum 304 8/15/2012 8/19/2012
20 Some Remarks: Essays and Other Writing Neal Stephenson 336 8/20/2012 9/8/2012
21 Lord of Chaos (Wheel of Time, #6) Robert Jordan 1049 9/9/2012 9/21/2012
22 The Information Diet: A Case for Conscious Consumption Clay A. Johnson 160 9/24/2012 9/27/2012
23 A Crown of Swords (Wheel of Time, #7) Robert Jordan 902 9/22/2012 9/30/2012
24 Before the Lights Go Out: Conquering the Energy Crisis Before It Conquers Us Maggie Koerth-baker 290 10/8/2012 10/18/2012
25 The Hydrogen Sonata (Culture, #10) Iain M. Banks 528 10/2/2012 10/28/2012
26 The Taste of Tomorrow: Dispatches from the Future of Food Josh Schonwald 304 10/31/2012 11/4/2012
27 The New Geography of Jobs Enrico Moretti 304 11/4/2012 11/18/2012
28 Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore Robin Sloan 286 11/19/2012 11/19/2012
29 Four Hour Chef Tim Ferriss 672 11/25/2012 11/30/2012
30 The Path of Daggers (Wheel of Time, #8) Robert Jordan 669 12/1/2012 12/9/2012
31 City of Dark Magic Magnus Flyte 464 12/9/2012 12/15/2012
32 Winter’s Heart (Wheel of Time, #9) Robert Jordan 705 12/16/2012 12/23/2012
33 Crossroads of Twilight (Wheel of Time, #10) Robert Jordan 832 12/24/2012 12/28/2012

Audiobooks

# Title Author Length Start Date End Date
1 The Red Pyramid Rick Riordan 14:32:00 01/10/2012 01/20/2012
2 The Throne of Fire Rick Riordan 12:48:00 02/02/2012 04/02/2012
3 Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection A.J. Jacobs 10:10:00 04/10/2012 05/23/2012
4 An Economist Gets Lunch: New Rules for Everyday Foodies Tyler Cowen 10:24:00 05/29/2012 05/30/2012
5 The Serpent’s Shadow Rick Riordan 11:23:00 06/04/2012 06/05/2012
6 The Son of Neptune Rick Riordan 13:27:00 06/06/2012 06/13/2012
7 The Nerdist Way: How to Reach the Next Level (in Real Life) Chris Hardwick 6:14:00 09/21/2012 09/22/2012

Places 2012

I’ve combined my year end list of travel destinations (previously: 20072008200920102011). Last winter, I travelled to the Bay Area several times for interviews. I stayed in a few different towns (Sunnyvale, San Jose), but for simplicity I only included San Francisco. I also drove across the country again, which explains the stops in Laramie, Salt Lake City, and Reno. In June I returned to Northfield for Reunion, and I visited Chicago with Divya in October. My only international travel was to Istanbul for VLDB, which was awesome. Istanbul reminded me somewhat of Budapest with more Arab/Islamic influence, and it’s definitely a place I would like to return.

  • Omaha, NE*
  • Ithaca, NY*
  • San Francisco, CA*
  • Mountain View, CA*
  • Laramie, WY
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Reno, NV
  • Northfield, MN
  • Salem, OR
  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • Chicago, IL


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