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Read why. Book and magazine reviews are not included in the journal archives. For older book reviews, see all book reviews sorted by date and all magazine reviews. Jamie Zawinski. This year, after a series of catastrophically horrible and unethical management decisions, I walked away from my job of seventeen years and found a new job.
As you might expect, reading wasn't the top priority for much of the year. I'm moderately surprised that I read as much as I did.
The good side is that I'm now in a much better place both professionally and personally and no longer have to put up with draining and demoralizing nonsense happening on a regular basis. The downside for my review output is that the new job is more engrossing and is, in some ways, harder work, so I expect my reading totals going forward to stabilize somewhere below where they were in the past although it's possible that the daily commute will change that equation somewhat.
As mentioned last year, I had a feeling that something like this would happen although not that it would be anywhere near this bad , so I had no specific reading goals for the year. Next year, I'm going to see how it goes for the first few months, and might then consider setting some goals if I want to encourage myself to take more time for reading.
The below statistics are confined to the books I reviewed in I read three more books that I've not yet reviewed, partly because the end of the year isn't as packed with vacation as it was at Stanford. Those will be counted in Despite the low reading totals for the year, I read two 10 out of 10 books. My favorite book of the year was Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice , which was one of the best science fiction novels I've ever read. Highly recommended if you like the space opera genre at all.
A close second was my favorite non-fiction book of the year and the other 10 out of Allie Brosh's collection Hyperbole and a Half. Those of you who have read her blog already know her brilliant and insightful style of humor. Those who haven't are in for a treat. I read a lot of non-fiction this year and not as much fiction, partly for mood reasons, so I don't have honorable mentions in the fiction department. In the non-fiction department, though, there are four more books worth mentioning.
Cryptography Engineering , by Niels Ferguson, Bruce Schneier, and Tadayoshi Kohno, was the best technical book that I read last year, and a must-read for anyone who works on security or crypto software. David Graeber's Debt was the best political and economic book of the year and the book from which I learned the most.