Reading 2021

  1. Shiang: Empire of Salt book II by Conn Iggulden, second part of the trilogy I started reading at the end of last year.
  2. The Sword Saint: Empire of Salt book III by Conn Iggulden
  3. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. This felt big. Henry VIII is kind of a big deal in British history, his marriages and the break with Rome is still taught to every single primary school child. Fiction though it is, it was interesting to read up close, but i’m not sure it was worthwhile, not inclined to read the rest of the trilogy quite yet.
  4. Mistborn: Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson – re-read for the nostalgia, it’s still a favourite.
  5. Discworld: Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett, a witches novel sending up vampires, I loved this.
  6. Discworld: Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett. Re-read
  7. Discworld: The Truth by Terry Pratchett.
  8. The Standout Career by Randall Kenna. Brief but solid advice on managing your career as a software developer
  9. Perdido Street Station by China Mieville – excellent fantasy / steampunk novel
  10. Pragmatic Progammer by Dave Thomas and Andy Hunt- re-read
  11. Move Fast: How Facebook builds software by Jeff Meyerson – interesting read, a bit fawning.
  12. Diary of an MPs wife by Sasha Swires – gossipy, interesting to see how the other half live!
  13. Troy by Stephen Fry, it’s not Homer but a good thorough recap. Definitely worth a read if you like Greek mythology but don’t enjoy the Illiad translations.
  14. Atomic Habits by James Clear. Repeated some stuff from Power of Habits which I read in 2019 but had some key points I found really insightful – particularly the idea that if you make a habit part of your identity it will become stickier. It has much more actionable advice than Power of Habits.
  15. Being David Archer by Timothy Bentinck, gentle & interesting
  16. Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. Re-read.
  17. The Power of Geography: Ten Maps That Reveal the Future of Our World by Tim Marshall, lengthy title but an interesting book on geopolitics
  18. Seven Eves by Neal Stephenson, reread
  19. Discworld: Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett, one of the stand-out novels. Really enjoyed The Way of Mrs Cosmopilite
  20. Discworld: Going Postal by Terry Pratchett. The main character was a new one, and I really really enjoyed it
  21. Hatching Twitter by Nick Bilton. Despite being a Twitter user since January 2007 I only had a vague idea of the intrigue and job swapping from before Twitters birth, to it’s adolescence. Really interesting read.
  22. The Rider by Tim Krabbe. Autobiographical telling of a cyclists memories with a road bike race as a framing device. Besides the obvious novelty, I found it really interesting to read the thoughts of someone taking part in a race.
  23. No Filter by Sarah Frier. Interesting read but couldn’t help but compare to the similar book I’d just read on twitter, which is a tad unfair because the source story didn’t have the same intrigue
  24. Discworld: Monstrous regiment by Terry Pratchett. different setting and character for a discworld book, really enjoyed it.
  25. Year Without Pants by Scott Berkun, re-read
  26. Discworld: Making Money by Terry Pratchett. – Followed on from Going Postal, enjoyed it but the character and situation seemed less extreme than before and so it lost something.
  27. Discworld: Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett. It was alright, interesting just not amazingly funny
  28. James Acaster’s Classic Scrapes by James Acaster. This was hilarious. Like Acaster’s bits on Would I Lie To You but a book full of them.
  29. Drinking Custard: Diary of a Confused Mum by Lucy Beaumont. Funny, empathised
  30. Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir – amazing, really good sci-fi
  31. Artemis by Andy Weir. I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t as good as Project Hail Mary or The Martian.
  32. Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb. Reread
  33. Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb. Reread
  34. Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb. Reread

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