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Books I Read in 2018

2018 Goals

I started 2018 with a goal of reading a wider variety of types of books, and continuing to expand into fantasy lit.

Here are some of my categorical favorites, followed by all the reads I kept track of in Goodreads.

Philosophy

Wittgenstein, Empiricism, and Language by John Cook Wittgenstein is perhaps both the most influential and the least well understood philosopher of the 20th century. I believe Cook’s interpretation, along with that of Frank Ebersole, make up the most rigorous and fruitful reading of his work available to date.

Nonfiction

Surfaces & Essences by Douglas Hoefstader and a thoroughly well-researched account of human thought and language, with an important contribution to category theory; incredibly important for the AI conversation, particularly around the issue of what might be taken to constitute genuine “intelligence”if such concerns can stand up against the business interests presently dominating the conversation.

Fiction

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame Not sure what to say about this one. Classic.

Fantasy

Age of War by Michael J. Sullivan this is the only series of Sullivan’s I have read, and it antedates his other works in the world of Elan. The characters and dialog are outstanding.

Memoir

Heavy by Kiese Laymon I have not read much memoir. I love Kiese for telling this story.


Here’s everything I kept track of in Goodreads:



44 Books

On Power

by Robert A. Caro

published2017
my rating3/5
shelved under

nonfiction

Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It

by Chris Voss

published2016
my rating5/5
shelved under

nonfiction

Heavy: An American Memoir

by Kiese Laymon

published2018
my rating5/5
shelved under

nonfiction

Age of War (The Legends of the First Empire #3)

by Michael J. Sullivan

published2018
my rating5/5
shelved under

fantasy

Warbreaker (Warbreaker, #1)

by Brandon Sanderson

published2009
my rating5/5
shelved under

fantasy

Surfaces and Essences: Analogy as the Fuel and Fire of Thinking

by Douglas R. Hofstadter

published2011
my rating5/5
shelved under

philosophy

The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth, #3)

by N.K. Jemisin

published2017
my rating5/5
shelved under

fantasy

Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All

by Tom Kelley

published2013
my rating5/5
shelved under

nonfiction

Aesop's Fables

by Aesop

published-560
my rating5/5
shelved under

philosophy

Black Water Rising (Jay Porter #1)

by Attica Locke

published2009
my rating5/5
shelved under

fiction

Ways of Worldmaking

by Nelson Goodman

published1978
my rating5/5
shelved under

philosophy

The Tales of Chekhov, Volume 3: The Lady with the Dog and Other Stories

by Anton Chekhov

published2008
my rating5/5
shelved under

fiction

The Fire Next Time

by James Baldwin

published1963
my rating5/5
shelved under

nonfiction

In the Ravine & Other Short Stories

by Anton Chekhov

published1970
my rating4/5
shelved under

fiction

Small Favor (The Dresden Files, #10)

by Jim Butcher

published2008
my rating5/5
shelved under

fantasy

Wittgenstein, Empiricism, and Language

by John W. Cook

published1999
my rating5/5
shelved under

philosophy

Moby-Dick, or, the Whale

by Herman Melville

published1851
my rating5/5
shelved under

fiction

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

by Haruki Murakami

published2007
my rating4/5
shelved under

nonfiction

The Rain in Portugal: New Poems

by Billy Collins

published2016
my rating5/5
shelved under

poetry

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

by Michelle Alexander

published2010
my rating5/5
shelved under

nonfiction

A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic, #3)

by V.E. Schwab

published2017
my rating5/5
shelved under

Norse Mythology

by Neil Gaiman

published2017
my rating5/5
shelved under

mythology

Oathbringer (The Stormlight Archive, #3)

by Brandon Sanderson

published2017
my rating5/5
shelved under

Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World

by Eric Metaxas

published2017
my rating4/5
shelved under

theology, history

Slaughterhouse-Five

by Kurt Vonnegut

published1969
my rating4/5
shelved under

fiction

Magic Triumphs (Kate Daniels, #10)

by Ilona Andrews

published2018
my rating4/5
shelved under

fantasy

The Design of Everyday Things

by Donald A. Norman

published1988
my rating5/5
shelved under

design

Deadhouse Gates (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #2)

by Steven Erikson

published2000
my rating4/5
shelved under

fantasy

Gardens of the Moon (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #1)

by Steven Erikson

published1999
my rating4/5
shelved under

fantasy

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

by Brené Brown

published2010
my rating5/5
shelved under

nonfiction

The Emperor's Soul

by Brandon Sanderson

published2012
my rating4/5
shelved under

fantasy

Elantris (Elantris, #1)

by Brandon Sanderson

published2005
my rating5/5
shelved under

fantasy

Brief Cases (The Dresden Files, #15.1)

by Jim Butcher

published2018
my rating5/5
shelved under

fantasy

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

by J.K. Rowling

published1997
my rating4/5
shelved under

fantasy

Scary Close: Dropping the Act and Finding True Intimacy

by Donald Miller

published2015
my rating5/5
shelved under

nonfiction

The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth, #2)

by N.K. Jemisin

published2016
my rating5/5
shelved under

fantasy

Gutenberg the Geek

by Jeff Jarvis

published2012
my rating5/5
shelved under

nonfiction

The Whole-Brain Child

by Daniel J. Siegel

published2011
my rating5/5
shelved under

nonfiction

Pleasantville

by Attica Locke

published2015
my rating5/5
shelved under

fiction

No Matter the Wreckage

by Sarah Kay

published2014
my rating4/5
shelved under

poetry

Practice Perfect: 42 Rules for Getting Better at Getting Better

by Doug Lemov

published2012
my rating5/5
shelved under

nonfiction

Bilbo's Last Song

by J.R.R. Tolkien

published1974
my rating4/5
shelved under

fiction

The Wind in the Willows

by Kenneth Grahame

published1908
my rating5/5
shelved under

children-s

The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation

by Thich Nhat Hanh

published1975
my rating4/5
shelved under

nonfiction

December 29, 2018
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