Books Read in 2020

February 4, 2021

I read 27 books in 2020. Mostly science fiction, followed by software development, and productivity.

Raising Lions had the biggest impact on my life this year. This book teaches how to effectively discipline toddlers to prevent behavior disorders. It really works.

The Nature of Order was the most challenging. This book describes 15 properties present in nature and living structures: Levels of Scale, Strong Centers, Boundaries, Alternating Repetition, Positive Space, Good Shape, Local Symmetries, Deep Interlock and Ambiguity, Contrast, Gradients, Roughness, Echoes, The Void, Simplicity and Inner Calm, and Not-separateness.

There Is No Antimemetics Division was the most unique. The story is about an agency which combats interdimensional beings while their memory is constantly being erased.

Here’s the rest in no particular order:

Fiction

His Dark Materials: The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman

His Dark Materials: The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman

Shogun by James Clavell

Science Fiction

Exhalation: Stories by Ted Chiang

Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Charles Sheffield

Ball Lightning by Liu Cixin

I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

Dragon’s Egg by Robert L. Forward

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov

The Naked Sun by Isaac Asimov

The Robots of Dawn by Isaac Asimov

There Is No Antimemetics Division by qntm

The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect: a novel of the singularity by Roger Williams

Software

Web Scalability for Startup Engineers by Artur Ejsmont

Clean Architecture by Robert C. Martin

Building Microservices: Designing Fine-Grained Systems by Sam Newman

The Go Programming Language by Alan Donovan and Brian Kernighan

Head First Design Patterns by Eric Freeman, Bert Bates

Game Programming Patterns by Robert Nystrom

Business

An Insider’s Guide to Building a Successful Consulting Practice by Bruce Katcher and Adam Snyder

The Freelancer’s Bible by Sara Horowitz and Toni Sciarra Poynter

Productivity & Self-Help

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield

The Millionaire Fastlane: Crack the Code to Wealth and Live Rich for a Lifetime! by M.J. DeMarco

No More Mr. Nice Guy by Robert A. Glover

Parenting

Raising Lions by Joe Newman

Design

The Phenomenon of Life: The Nature of Order by Christopher W. Alexander