Reading List 2020
My reading productivity took a big hit year, because
- The New York Public Library closed until late summer
- My daily reading routine revolved around the daily subway commute, which was no more
- The cats kept attacking my books
But I still managed to finish some great reads!
7 Books I Particularly Loved And Why
- “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer”
by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Basic science research may be expensive. But it’s more effective than trying to cure disease by buying advertising and skipping drug trials.
- “Mary Toft; or, The Rabbit Queen”
by Dexter Palmer
Feeling nostalgia for the days when misinformation was imaginative and tabloid-y rather than about destroying democracy.
- “Fleishman Is In Trouble”
by Taffy Brodesser-Akner
Doctors goof off while talent agents do the real work.
by Ted Chiang
Forget flying cars, the technology I’m looking forward to is more pets.
- “Know my Name”
by Chanel Miller
The art classes at RISD sound like tons of fun and less pretentious than I expected.
- “The Charisma Machine: The Life, Death, and Legacy of One Laptop Per Child”
by Morgan Ames
Computers aren’t enough to fix society, sorry.
- “She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement”
by Jodi Cantor and Megan Twohey
Be like Ashley Judd: arrange for the destruction of your enemies, then go on a multi-day Appalachian Trail hike when they meet justice.
(The joint authors throw the totals off)
By Only Men: 20 / 38
By Only Women: 15 / 38
By Only White People: 26 / 38
By Only Non-White People: 10 / 38
Fiction: 17 / 38
Non-Fiction: 21 / 38
Recent (2019 or 2020): 21 / 38
Earlier This Decade (2011–2018): 6 / 38
Classics (pre-2011): 11 / 38