Books I read in…

I started college in 2016. That year, I also made a pact with myself to read 36 books per year.

Why 36?

For no good reason other than that 24 seemed too little and 48 too much to my eighteen year old self (who, it seems, was also convinced that whatever number she picked had to neatly divide by 12).

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Over the last four years, I met my goals in 2016, 2018, 2019, and 2020, and fell far short in 2017. I will use this page to catalog my readings (mostly for myself, and for whoever happens to chance upon this).

Reading a “target” number of books is definitely a somewhat flawed approach. Early on during this journey, I sometimes “cheated” by reading a bunch of short books to quickly increase my count. But in the process of chasing the target I discovered so many books and built up a healthy habit. In the last two years I have had no trouble in hitting 36 books and the # has begun to matter less and less — a result of a mindset shift and a couple of tactical improvements (ebook reader, more free time, audiobooks, disposable income).

I am not going to review all the books but will make note of the ones that were especially good or bad.

In 2020 I decided to write a short review for each book I read. My 2020 reading list is here.


Reading list here.



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Other Strongly Recommended Books

Some of these might be from my angsty teenage years, I am sure I will have different views if I reread the books now



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