What I Read in 2015
This is the most I’ve read in a year for as long as I’ve been keeping track, and periodically I really made an effort to finish a book by the end of the month.
I learned that I need to read some fiction every once in a while. It can especially help when trying to get through another drier book at the same time. Seveneves and the William Gibson novels did a good job of putting my head in a different space when I needed it.
I also read a few graphic novels for the first time. I ordered a bunch of shorter ones from this list, of which I liked the art of Black River and ApocalyptiGirl, but my friend Stephen also lent me V for Vendetta and Bone.
If there was one stand-out from the year it was Extrastatecraft. I would like to re-read this at some point again because there were some things that went over my head. I’ve been appreciating art and design writing, especially when it relates to technology, more and more this year. I’m going to continue that in 2016.
The books, in the order they were read:
- Trouble in Paradise: From the End of History to the End of Capitalism - Slavoj Žižek
- Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age - Cory Doctorow
- A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter M. Miller Jr.
- Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution - Steven Levy
- Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals - Saul D. Alinsky
- A Primer on Postmodernism - Stanley J. Grenz
- Count Zero (Sprawl, #2) - William Gibson
- 24⁄7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep - Jonathan Crary
- Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space - Keller Easterling
- Nevada - Imogen Binnie
- The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It - Michael E. Gerber
- Utopia or Bust: A Guide to the Present Crisis - Benjamin Kunkel
- Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology - Neil Postman
- How to Bake Pi: An Edible Exploration of the Mathematics of Mathematics - Eugenia Cheng
- The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking - Oliver Burkeman
- Neuromancer (Sprawl, #1) - William Gibson
- Heroes: Mass Murder and Suicide - Franco Bifo Berardi
- The Internet of Garbage - Sarah Jeong
- The Trouble with Brunch: Work, Class and the Pursuit of Leisure - Shawn Micallef
- Seveneves - Neal Stephenson
- The Dream Machine: J.C.R. Licklider and the Revolution That Made Computing Personal - M. Mitchell Waldrop
- Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation, and the Loss of Aboriginal Life - James Daschuk
- V for Vendetta - Alan Moore
- Canadian Cities And Sovereignty Association - Jane Jacobs
- Speculative Everything: Design, Fiction, and Social Dreaming - Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby
- Bone, Vol. 1: Out from Boneville (Bone, #1) - Jeff Smith
- The Coming Insurrection - Comité invisible
- The Winter Camping Handbook: Wilderness Travel & Adventure in the Cold-Weather Months - Stephen Gorman