2016 reading list
This is going to be a story about my moderate reading list of 2016. That is the year that I have picked up reading as a hobby again after school where I was forced to read lots of literature. Mandatory reading almost killed my interest in books but this year I have decided to bring it back because I was looking for something intellectually challenging, new insights and to broaden my mind.
In no particular order:
“The C Programming Language” by Brian W. Kernighan and Dennis Ritchie (did almost all of the exercises as well) — 272 pages
“Code” by Charles Petzold (amazing little book that helps you connect all of the dots about computer architecture)— 393 pages
“Computing with Quantum Cats: from Alan Turing to Teleportation” by John Gribbin (a short history about computers and the upcoming quantum computers) — 295 pages
“Coders at Work” by Peter Seibel (a bunch of interviews with known programmers) — 617 pages
“Notes from Underground” by Fyodor Dostoevsky (a classic existentialist Russian novella) — 384 pages
“Intercept: the Secret History of Computers and Spies” by Gordon Corera (fun book about the history of computers and spies) — 431 pages
Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson (even though I might not like Apple but Jobs was a unique personality with a very interesting history)— 574 pages (Lithuanian translation)
“All Quiet on the Western Front” by Erich Maria Remarque (a heart-wrenching story of a young boy who was eaten by the war machine) — 317 pages (Lithuanian translation)
“On Democracy” by Robert A. Dahl (a short book about the essential things of democracy) — 217 pages
“Animal Farm” by George Orwell (no introduction needed, I think) — 190 pages (Lithuanian translation)
“A Mathematician’s Apology” by G. H. Hardy (read this book by a recommendation from Aaron Swartz’s blog (may he rest in peace)— a collection of essays discussing what it means to live a meaningful life, why math and other topics) — 73 pages
“1984” by George Orwell (another timeless classic by Orwell) — 254 pages (Lithuanian translation)
“Uncle Tom’s Cabin” by Harriet Beecher Stowe (the novel shows the horrific events of slavery in the 19th century USA) — 373 pages (Lithuanian translation)
And at the end I have read some “entry level”, controversial atheist literature:
“ The God Delusion” by Richard Dawkins (presents the main arguments against religion)— 447 pages
“Letter to a Christian Nation” by Sam Harris (answers many questions that Christians use to defend their beliefs) — 130 pages
In total that is 4967 pages or on average I have read about 13.6 pages every day. That’s actually not bad. The aim is to read about 6000–7000 pages in 2017.
I am probably going to read one or two more books this year so I will add them afterwards. Also, I would love to get recommendations based on this list! Some time later I will post my “to-be-read” list for 2017. Lastly, I am open to discuss any of the books that are in this list — what you liked or did not, et cetera. Let’s drink to reading more books in 2017!