Econstudentlog

Books 2021

Last year I failed to track my reading throughout the year on goodreads, but this year I managed reasonably well – here’s an auto-generated list with cover images from goodreads.

If I had to pick out any of the books on the list as ‘must-reads’, it’d be #4 and the last two books included, in combination with the first book I read in 2022. The last part of the list looks full of fiction books and zero non-fiction but this is not a true picture of my reading patterns in November and December; Code Complete probably represents 50 hours of work alone. Worth every second: Read it!

1. Thinking in Systems: A Primer (2, nf. Chelsea Green Publishing). Goodreads review here.

2. Open Access (3, nf. MIT Press)

3. The Parasitic Mind: How Infectious Ideas Are Killing Common Sense (nf., Regnery Publishing).

4. Algorithms To Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions (5, nf. William Collins). Blog coverage here. I added this book to my list of favorite books on goodreads.

5. How to Have Impossible Conversations: A Very Practical Guide (nf., Da Capo Lifelong Books). Goodreads review here.

6. Spaceflight: A Concise History (3, nf. MIT Press)

7. Information and the Modern Corporation (2, nf. MIT Press)

8. Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most (5, nf. Penguin Books). I added this book to my list of favorite books on goodreads.

9. Understanding Beliefs (2, nf. MIT Press)

10. The Holy Roman Empire: A Very Short Introduction (3, nf. Oxford University Press)

11. The Habsburg Empire: A Very Short Introduction (2, nf. Oxford University Press)

12. Night Watch (5, f. Terry Pratchett). This book is on my list of favorite books on goodreads for a reason. A wonderful book, in my opinion perhaps the best book Terry Pratchett ever wrote.

13. Interesting Times (4, f. Terry Pratchett).

14. Moving Pictures (3, f. Terry Pratchett).

15. Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States (5, nf. Yale University Press). I added this book to my list of favorite books on goodreads.

16. Machine Translation (3, nf. MIT University Press).

17. Clinical Psychology: A Very Short Introduction (1, nf. Oxford University Press). Goodreads review here.

18. Handbook on the Neuropsychology of Aging and Dementia (5, nf. Springer). Short goodreads review here. I added this book to my list of favorite books on goodreads).

19. Human Anatomy: A Very Short Introduction (3, nf. Oxford University Press)

20. Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed (3, nf. Yale University Press). Quotes from the book are included in this blog-post.

21. Ancient Warfare (2, nf. Oxford University Press)

22. Not Born Yesterday: The Science of Who We Trust and What We Believe (3, nf. Princeton University Press)

23. Exit, voice, and loyalty (4, nf.). Quotes from the book are included in this blog-post.

24. The Napoleonic Wars: A Very Short Introduction (2, nf. Oxford University Press).

25. Decision Making under Deep Uncertainty: From Theory to Practice (3, nf. Springer).

26. Private Truths, Public Lies: The Social Consequences of Preference Falsification (5, nf. Harvard University Press). Goodreads review here. I added this book to my list of favorite books on goodreads. Some quotes from the book are included in this blog-post.

27. Data Pipelines Pocket Reference: Moving and Processing Data for Analytics (3, nf. O’Reilly Media).

28. The Adventures of Sally (4, f). P. G. Wodehouse.

29. The Inimitable Jeeves (4, f). P. G. Wodehouse.

30. Blandings Castle …and Elsewhere (5, f). P. G. Wodehouse.

31. Summer Lightning (5, f). P. G. Wodehouse.

32. Thank You, Jeeves (5, f). P. G. Wodehouse.

33. The Code of the Woosters (4, f). P. G. Wodehouse.

34. Right Ho, Jeeves (5, f). P. G. Wodehouse.

35. A Damsel in Distress (3, f). P. G. Wodehouse.

36. Carry On, Jeeves (5, f). P. G. Wodehouse.

37. Very Good, Jeeves! (4, f). P. G. Wodehouse.

38. Hot Water (5, f). P. G. Wodehouse.

39. Volcanoes: A Very Short Introduction (3, nf. Oxford University Press).

40. Jeeves in the Offing (4, f). P. G. Wodehouse.

41. Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit (4, f). P. G. Wodehouse.

42. Leave It to Psmith (5, f). P. G. Wodehouse.

43. Psmith in the City (3, f). P. G. Wodehouse.

44. Psmith, Journalist (3, f). P. G. Wodehouse.

45. Data Science on AWS: Implementing End-to-End, Continuous AI and Machine Learning Pipelines (nf. O’Reilly Media). Long, code-heavy, not an easy read. Very short goodreads review here.

46. Plague: A Very Short Introduction (2, nf. Oxford University Press). Very short goodreads review here.

47. Lord Edgeware Dies (5, f). Agatha Christie.

48. Enzymes: A Very Short Introduction (5, nf. Oxford University Press). Short goodreads review here.

49. After the Funeral (4, f). Agatha Christie.

50. Soft Matter: A Very Short Introduction (3, nf. Oxford University Press).

51. Poirot Investigates (f). Agatha Christie. A mixed bag.

52. Systems Biology: A Very Short Introduction (3, nf. Oxford University Press).

53. Biogeography: A Very Short Introduction (3, nf. Oxford University Press).

54. Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? (2, f). Agatha Christie.

55. Forests: A Very Short Introduction (2, nf. Oxford University Press).

56. Cat Among the Pigeons (2, f). Agatha Christie. Old goodreads review here, written after I first read this book – after finishing the book this year I downgraded the goodreads rating from 3 stars to 2.

57. One, Two, Buckle My Shoe (4,f). Agatha Christie.

58. The A.B.C. Murders (f). Agatha Christie.

59. Death in the Clouds (4, f). Agatha Christie.

60. Assessment and Treatment of Older Adults: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals (2, nf. American Psychological Association).

61. Evil Under the Sun (4, f). Agatha Christie.

62. Cards on the Table (5, f). Agatha Christie.

63. Synthetic biology (3, nf.) Oxford University Press.

64. Five Little Pigs (4, f). Agatha Christie.

65. Data Governance: The Definitive Guide: People, Processes, and Tools to Operationalize Data Trustworthiness (3, nf. O’Reilly Media). Work-related.

66. Endless Night (3, f). Agatha Christie. Goodreads review here.

67. Peril at End House (4, f). Agatha Christie.

68. 4:50 from Paddington (3, f). Agatha Christie.

69. Murder in the Mews: Four Cases of Hercule Poirot (2, f). Agatha Christie.

70. At Bertram’s Hotel (3, f). Agatha Christie.

71. The Body in the Library (3, f). Agatha Christie.

72. Murder at the Vicarage (2, f). Agatha Christie.

73. The Moving Finger (2, f). Agatha Christie.

74. Sad Cypress (4, f). Agatha Christie.

75. The Thirteen Problems (2, f). Agatha Christie. I stand by the very short review I wrote in 2016.

76. The Hollow (4, f). Agatha Christie.

77. PLC Programming (2, nf). Nathan Clarke.

78. The Clocks (3, f). Agatha Christie.

79. Murder on the Orient Express (5, f). Agatha Christie.

80. Murder in Mesopotamia (4, f).

81. Dumb Witness (4, f). Agatha Christie. Very short goodreads review here.

82. Taken at the Flood (4, f). Agatha Christie.

83. Appointment with Death (3, f). Agatha Christie.

84. Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (5, f). Agatha Christie.

85. Death on the Nile (4, f). Agatha Christie. Updated (short) goodreads review here.

86. A Murder is Announced (2, f). Agatha Christie.

87. Black Coffee (2, f). Agatha Christie.

88. A Pocket Full of Rye (4, f). Agatha Christie.

89. The Mysterious Affair At Styles (3, f). Agatha Christie.

90. Blackout (5, f). Connie Willis. When I first read this book I gave it 5 stars but did not add it to my list of favorite books on goodreads. This was a grave mistake. This year I added the book to the list and wrote a new goodreads review, which included this observation: “my current assessment of the book is simply this: This book is one of the best books I’ve ever read.” I repeated this statement in my review of All Clear when I finished the latter book early in 2022. You need to read these books before you die.

91. Code Complete 2 (nf. 5, Microsoft Press). This book is the sole reason why I only read one non-fiction book in the last 6 weeks of 2021, and why there are so many fiction books in a row on this list towards the end of the year – it’s a 960 page book on coding/programming. It’s looong, it takes a lot of work to finish this book. But it’s so worth it – the book is by far the best book I’ve ever read on these topics. I added the book to my list of favorite books on goodreads and would strongly recommend the book to anyone who’s even thinking of working in the fields of programming/coding/software development/… Blog coverage here.

June 26, 2021 - Posted by | Books, Personal

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