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Books 2017

Here’s a goodreads overview of the books I read, with cover images of the books.

Below the comments here I’ve added a list of books I’ve read in 2017, as well as relevant links to blog posts and reviews. The letters ‘f’, ‘nf.’ and ‘m’ in the parentheses indicate which type of book it was; ‘f’ refers to ‘fiction’ books, ‘nf’ to ‘non-fiction’ books, and the ‘m’ category covers ‘miscellaneous’ books. The numbers in the parentheses correspond to the goodreads ratings I thought the books deserved.

I read 162 books in 2017. In terms of the typology mentioned above I read 108 fiction books, 46 non-fiction books, and 8 ‘miscellaneous’ books. These categories are slightly arbitrary, and especially the distinction between ‘miscellaneous’ and ‘fiction’ was occasionally difficult to deal with in an ideal manner; I have as a rule included all books which combine fiction and history in the fiction category, but I think it would be fair to say that ‘some books in the fiction category are more fictitious than others’. Many of the Flashman novels contain a lot of (true) history about the events taking place, and I’ve previously seen some people in all seriousness recommend these books to people who requested books about a specific historical topic (for example Flashman and the Dragon is a brilliant book to have a look at if you’re curious to know more about the Taiping Rebellion; and relatedly if you’re interested in naval warfare during the Napoleonic Wars, I believe you could do worse than having a go at the Aubrey-Maturin series).

I’ll probably continue to update this post for some time into 2018, as I’d like to provide a bit more coverage of some of the books than I already have. The current list, as I’m writing this post, includes 62 direct links to blog posts with coverage of non-fiction books, as well as links to 49 reviews on goodreads. It’s perhaps worth mentioning here that the links included in the list below are not the only ‘book-relevant posts’ I’ve written this year; a total count of the blog posts I’ve posted this year and categorized under the blog’s book category include almost 100 (94) book-related posts; a substantial proportion of the remainder of the book posts were posts in which I’d included quotes from fiction books as well as the new language/words posts in which I include new words I encounter while reading (mostly fiction-) books, in order to improve my vocabulary. Many of the non-book posts I published this year were posts covering scientific studies and lectures; I covered 26 lectures in 2017, i.e. one every fortnight on average, and 19 of the other non-lecture/non-book-related posts provided coverage of various studies. Book-related posts make up more than half of the posts I posted in 2017; the total number of posts I posted in 2017 was 177, which is quite close to one post every second day on average.

I have tried throughout the year to provide at least some coverage of the great majority of the non-fiction books I read; my intention from the start was to either blog a non-fiction book, or to add a review on goodreads about the book – unless there was some compelling reason not to review or blog the book. That’s how it’s played out. The few non-fiction books I have not (…yet?) either blogged or reviewed are 3 ‘paper books’ (Boyd & Richerson, Tainter, Browning). I have talked about how ‘paper books’ take a lot more effort to blog than do electronic books before here on the blog – see e.g. the comments included in this post.

As a rule my goodreads reviews are ‘low effort’ reviews (‘minutes’) and my blog posts are ‘high effort’ (‘hours’); there are probably a couple of exceptions below where I’ve actually spent some time on a goodreads review, but that’s the exception, not the rule.

The aforementioned goodreads overview includes the observation that I read 45.406 pages in 2017. There’s always some overlap when it comes to these things (books you start out reading one year and then only finish the next year), and some measurement error, but I don’t have any better data than what is provided to me by goodreads, so it is what it is. It corresponds to ~125 pages/day throughout the year. This is slightly less than last year (47.281 pages, ~130 pages/day). The average page count of the books I read was ~280 pages, and my average goodreads rating of the books I rated was 3.3.

Some of the fiction authors I read this year include: Rex Stout (51 books), Jim Butcher (15), George MacDonald Fraser (12 books), Ernest Bramah (6 books), Connie Willis (5 books), and James Herriot (5).

I usually like to explore how the non-fiction books I read were categorized, as it tells you something about which kinds of things I’ve read about throughout the year. One major change from earlier years is that I’ve been reading a lot more physics- and chemistry-related books than I have in previous years. This year I posted 22 posts which were categorized under both the category books and the category physics, and I posted 18 posts which included both the category books and the chemistry category; note that I’ve also posted non-book related posts on these topics, for example the total number of posts I’ve posted this year categorized under ‘physics’ is 30, as I’ve e.g. also covered some lectures from the Institute for Advanced Studies. In terms of the number of pages I read about these topics a brief count told me that I read roughly ~3000 book-pages of physics (2937) and maybe ~1700 book-pages of chemistry in 2017 (categorization here’s a bit iffy (see also this), and the page count depends a bit on which books you decide to include in the count, but it’s in that neighbourhood anyway – do incidentally note that there’s a substantial amount of overlap here). On the other hand I’ve read fewer medical textbooks than usual, even if my coverage of medical topics on the blog has not decreased substantially (it may in fact have increased, though I’m hesitant to spend time trying to clarify this); I thus posted a total of 64 posts in 2017 which I categorized under ‘medicine‘, and during the second half of the year alone I covered a total of 88 papers (but only 3 textbooks…) on the topic of diabetes.

I’ve listed the books in the order they were read.

1. Brief Candles (3, f). Manning Coles.

2. Galaxies: A Very Short Introduction (4, nf. Oxford University Press). Blog coverage here.

3. Mirabile (2, f). Janet Kagan. Short goodreads review here.

4. Blackout (5, f). Connie Willis. Goodreads review here (note that this review is a ‘composite review’ of both Blackout and All Clear).

5. All Clear (5, f). Connie Willis.

6. The Laws of Thermodynamics: A Very Short Introduction (4, nf. Oxford University Press). Blog coverage here.

7. A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms (3, f). George R. R. Martin. Goodreads review here.

8. The Economics of International Immigration (1, nf. Springer). Goodreads review here.

9. American Gods (2, f). Neil Gaiman. Short goodreads review here – I was not impressed.

10. The Story of the Stone (3, f). Barry Hughart. Goodreads review here.

11. Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction (3, nf. Oxford University Press). Blog coverage here.

12. The Wallet of Kai Lung (4, f). Ernest Bramah. Goodreads review here.

13. Kai Lung’s Golden Hours (4, f). Ernest Bramah.

14. Kai Lung Unrolls His Mat (4, f). Ernest Bramah. Goodreads review here.

15. Anaesthesia: A Very Short Introduction (3, nf. Oxford University Press). Blog coverage here.

16. The Moon of Much Gladness (5, f). Ernest Bramah. Goodreads review here.

17. All Trivia – A collection of reflections & aphorisms (2, m). Logan Pearsall Smith. Short goodreads review here.

18. Rocks: A very short introduction (3, nf. Oxford University Press). Blog coverage here.

19. Kai Lung Beneath the Mulberry-Tree (4, f). Ernest Bramah.

20. Economic Analysis in Healthcare (2, nf. Wiley). Blog coverage here and here.

21. The Best of Connie Willis: Award-Winning Stories (f). Connie Willis. Goodreads review here.

22. The Winds of Marble Arch and Other Stories (f). Connie Willis. Many of the comments that applied to the book above (see my review link) also applies here (in part because a substantial number of stories are in fact included in both books).

23. Endgame (f.). Samuel Beckett. Short goodreads review here.

24. Kai Lung Raises His Voice (4, f). Ernest Bramah. Goodreads review here.

25. All Creatures Great and Small (5, m). James Herriot. Goodreads review here. I added this book to my list of favourite books on goodreads.

26. The Red House Mystery (4, f). A. A. Milne. Short goodreads review here.

27. All Things Bright and Beautiful (5, m). James Herriot. Short goodreads review here.

28. All Things Wise and Wonderful (4, m). James Herriot. Goodreads review here.

29. The Lord God Made Them All (4, m). James Herriot.

30. Every Living Thing (5, m). James Herriot. Goodreads review here.

31. The Faber Book Of Aphorisms (3, m). W. H. Auden and Louis Kronenberger. Goodreads review here.

32. Flashman (5, f). George MacDonald Fraser. Short goodreads review here.

33. Royal Flash (4, f). George MacDonald Fraser.

34. Flashman’s Lady (3, f). George MacDonald Fraser. Goodreads review here.

35. Flashman and the Mountain of Light (5, f). George MacDonald Fraser. Short goodreads review here.

36. Flash for Freedom! (3, f). George MacDonald Fraser.

37. Flashman and the Redskins (4, f). George MacDonald Fraser.

38. Biodemography of Aging: Determinants of Healthy Life Span and Longevity (5, nf. Springer). Long, takes a lot of work. I added this book to my list of favorite books on goodreads. Blog coverage here, here, here, and here.

39. Flashman at the Charge (4, f). George MacDonald Fraser.

40. Flashman in the Great Game (3, f). George MacDonald Fraser.

41. Nuclear Physics: A Very Short Introduction (4, nf. Oxford University Press). Blog coverage here.

42. Fer-de-Lance (4, f). Rex Stout.

43. Computer Science: A Very Short Introduction (2, nf. Oxford University Press). Blog coverage here.

44. The League of Frightened Men (4, f). Rex Stout.

45. Not by Genes Alone: How Culture Transformed Human Evolution (5, nf. University Of Chicago Press). I added this book to my list of favorite books on goodreads.

46. The Rubber Band (3, f). Rex Stout.

47. The Red Box (3, f). Rex Stout.

48. Too many Cooks (3, f). Rex Stout.

49. Some Buried Caesar (4, f). Rex Stout.

50. Over My Dead Body (3, f). Rex Stout.

51. The Education of Man (1, m). Heinrich Pestalozzi. Short goodreads review here. I included some quotes from the book in this post.

52. Where There’s a Will (3, f). Rex Stout.

53. Black Orchids (3, f). Rex Stout. Goodreads review here.

54. Not Quite Dead Enough (5, f). Rex Stout. Goodreads review here.

55. The Silent Speaker (4, f). Rex Stout.

56. Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction (2, nf. Oxford University Press). Goodreads review here. Blog coverage here.

57. Too Many Women (4, f). Rex Stout.

58. And Be a Villain (3, f). Rex Stout.

59. Trouble in Triplicate (2, f). Rex Stout. Goodreads review here.

60. The Antarctic: A Very Short Introduction (1, nf. Oxford University Press). Short goodreads review here. Blog coverage here.

61. The Second Confession (3, f). Rex Stout.

62. Three Doors to Death (3, f). Rex Stout. Very short goodreads review here.

63. In the Best Families (4, f). Rex Stout. Goodreads review here.

64. Stars: A Very Short Introduction (3, nf. Oxford University Press). Blog coverage here.

65. Curtains for Three (4, f). Rex Stout. Very short goodreads review here.

66. Murder by the Book (4, f). Rex Stout.

67. Triple Jeopardy (4, f). Rex Stout. Very short goodreads review here.

68. The Personality Puzzle (1, nf. W. W. Norton & Company). Long, but poor. Blog coverage here, here, here, and here.

69. Prisoner’s Base (4, f). Rex Stout.

70. The Golden Spiders (3, f). Rex Stout.

71. Three Men Out (3, f). Rex Stout.

72. The Black Mountain (4, f). Rex Stout. Short goodreads review here.

73. Beyond Significance Testing: Statistics Reform in the Behavioral Sciences (4, nf. American Psychological Association). Blog coverage here, here, here, here, and here.

74. Before Midnight (3, f). Rex Stout.

75. How Species Interact: Altering the Standard View on Trophic Ecology (4, nf. Oxford University Press). Blog coverage here.

76. Three Witnesses (4, f). Rex Stout.

77. Might As Well Be Dead (4, f). Rex Stout.

78. Gravity: A Very Short Introduction (2, nf. Oxford University Press). Blog coverage here.

79. Three for the Chair (3, f). Rex Stout.

80. If Death Ever Slept (3, f). Rex Stout.

81. And Four to Go (3, f). Rex Stout.

82. Champagne for One (4, f). Rex Stout.

83. Plot It Yourself (5, f). Rex Stout. Short goodreads review here.

84. Three At Wolfe’s Door (3, f). Rex Stout.

85. Too Many Clients (4, f). Rex Stout.

86. First Farmers: The Origins of Agricultural Societies (5, nf. Blackwell Publishing). I added this book to my list of favorite books on goodreads. Blog coverage here.

87. The Final Deduction (4, f). Rex Stout.

88. Homicide Trinity (4, f). Rex Stout.

89. Gambit (5, f). Rex Stout. Very short goodreads review here.

90. The Mother Hunt (3, f). Rex Stout.

91. Trio for Blunt Instruments (3, f). Rex Stout.

92. A Right to Die (2, f). Rex Stout.

93. Concepts and Methods in Infectious Disease Surveillance (2, nf. Wiley-Blackwell). Blog coverage here, here, here, and here.

94. The Doorbell Rang (5, f). Rex Stout.

95. Death of a Doxy (4, f). Rex Stout.

96. The Father Hunt (3, f). Rex Stout. Short goodreads review here.

97. Death of a Dude (3, f). Rex Stout.

98. Gastrointestinal Function in Diabetes Mellitus (5, nf. John Wiley & Sons). Short goodreads review here. I added this book to my list of favorite books on goodreads. This post included a few observations from the book. I also covered the book here, here, and here.

99. Please Pass the Guilt (2, f). Rex Stout.

100. Depression and Heart Disease (4, nf. John Wiley & Sons). Blog coverage here and here.

101. A Family Affair (4, f). Rex Stout.

102. The Sound of Murder (2, f). Rex Stout.

103. The Broken Vase (f). Rex Stout. (Forgot to add/rate this one on goodreads shortly after I’d read it and I only noticed that I’d forgot to add the book much later – so I decided not to rate it).

104. Flashman and the Angel of the Lord (4, f). George MacDonald Fraser.

105. The Collapse of Complex Societies (1, nf. Cambridge University Press).

106. Flashman and the Dragon (5, f). George MacDonald Fraser.

107. Magnetism: A Very Short Introduction (2, nf. Oxford University Press). Blog coverage here.

108. Flashman on the March (3, f). George MacDonald Fraser.

109. Flashman and the Tiger (3, f). George MacDonald Fraser. Goodreads review here.

110. Light: A Very Short Introduction (2. nf. Oxford University Press). Blog coverage here.

111. Double for Death (3, f). Rex Stout. Goodreads review here.

112. Red Threads (2, f). Rex Stout.

113. The Fall of Rome And the End of Civilization (5, nf. Oxford University Press). Blog coverage here.

114. Sound: A Very Short Introduction (2, nf. Oxford University Press). Blog coverage here.

115. The Mountain Cat Murders (2, f). Rex Stout.

116. Storm Front (4, f). Jim Butcher.

117. Fool Moon (3, f) Jim Butcher.

118. Grave Peril (4, f). Jim Butcher.

119. Summer Knight (4, f). Jim Butcher.

120. The History of Astronomy: A Very Short Introduction (2, nf. Oxford University Press). Blog coverage here.

121. Death Masks (4, f). Jim Butcher.

122. Blood Rites (4, f). Jim Butcher.

123. Dead Beat (4, f). Jim Butcher.

124. Proven Guilty (5, f). Jim Butcher.

125. Earth System Science: A Very Short Introduction (nf. Oxford University Press). Blog coverage here.

126. White Night (3, f). Jim Butcher.

127. Small Favor (3, f). Jim Butcher.

128. Turn Coat (4, f). Jim Butcher.

129. Physical Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction (4, nf. Oxford University Press). Blog coverage here.

130. Changes (3, f). Jim Butcher.

131. Ghost Story (4, f). Jim Butcher. Very short goodreads review here.

132. Cold Days (4, f). Jim Butcher.

133. Child Psychology: A Very Short Introduction (1, nf. Oxford University Press). Very short goodreads review here. Blog coverage here.

134. Skin Game (3, f). Jim Butcher.

135. Animal Farm (3, f). George Orwell. Goodreads review here.

136. Bellwether (3, f). Connie Willis.

137. Enter the Saint (1, f). Leslie Charteris.

138. Organic Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction (4, nf. Oxford University Press). Blog coverage here and here.

139. The Shadow of the Torturer (2, f). Gene Wolfe.

140. Molecules: A Very Short Introduction (2, nf. Oxford University Press). Blog coverage here.

141. The Claw of the Conciliator (1, f). Gene Wolfe. Goodreads review here.

142. Common Errors in Statistics (4, nf. John Wiley & Sons). Blog coverage here, here, and here.

143. Master and Commander (3, f). Patrick O’Brian.

144. Materials: A Very Short Introduction (3, nf. Oxford University Press). Blog coverage here and here.

145. Post Captain (3, f). Patrick O’Brian.

146. Isotopes: A Very Short Introduction (3, nf. Oxford University Press). Blog coverage here.

147. Radioactivity: A Very Short Introduction (2, nf. Oxford University Press). Short goodreads review here. Blog coverage here.

148. Current Topics in Occupational Epidemiology (4, nf. Oxford University Press). Short goodreads review here. Blog coverage here, here, and here.

149. HMS Surprise (3, f). Patrick O’Brian.

150. Never Let Me Go (5, f). Kazuo Ishiguro. I added this book to my list of favorite books on goodreads.

151. Nuclear Power: A Very Short Introduction (2, nf. Oxford University Press). Short goodreads review here. Blog coverage here and here.

152. Nuclear Weapons: A Very Short Introduction (1, nf. Oxford University Press). Goodreads review here.

153. Assassin’s Apprentice (4, f). Robin Hobb.

154. Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland (4, nf. Harper Perennial).

155. Plate Tectonics: A Very Short Introduction (4, nf. Oxford University Press). Blog coverage here and here.

156. The Mauritius Command (2, f). Patrick O’Brian.

157. Royal Assassin (3, f). Robin Hobb.

158. The Periodic Table: A Very Short Introduction (2, nf. Oxford University Press). Blog coverage here.

159. Civil Engineering: A Very Short Introduction (3, nf. Oxford University Press). Blog coverage here and here.

160. Depression: A Very Short Introduction (2, nf. Oxford University Press). Blog coverage here and here.

161. Autism: A Very Short Introduction (nf. Oxford University Press). Goodreads review here.

162. Legends (f). Robert Silverberg (editor). Goodreads review here.

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January 1, 2018 - Posted by | Books, Personal

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