52 Books in 52 Weeks (What I Read in 2011)

Michael Fairley

01 Jan 2012

During my 3½ years in college, I bought books at a faster rate than I read them, and my shelves quickly amassed a bunch of unread books. Last year, I managed to read about a book per week, and I hope to keep up a similar pace for another year or two as I read the rest of the books I own.

  1. The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable (Favorite non-fiction of the year)
  2. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion
  3. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
  4. Ender’s Shadow
  5. Shadow of the Hegemon
  6. Shadow Puppets
  7. First Meetings in Ender’s Universe
  8. Shadow of the Giant
  9. The Bilingual Edge: Why, When, and How to Teach Your Child a Second Language
  10. The Non-Designer’s Design Book
  11. The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less
  12. A War of Gifts: An Ender Story
  13. Ender in Exile
  14. Snow Crash
  15. The Kite Runner
  16. The Hunger Games
  17. Catching Fire
  18. Mockingjay
  19. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  20. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  21. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  22. Startups Open Sourced
  23. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  24. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  25. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  26. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  27. Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality (One of my favorites from the year)
  28. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  29. The Girl Who Played with Fire
  30. Life of Pi
  31. Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! (Adventures of a Curious Character)
  32. Stranger in a Strange Land
  33. Service-Oriented Design with Ruby and Rails
  34. Cat’s Cradle
  35. Anathem (Favorite fiction of the year)
  36. Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard
  37. Gathering Blue
  38. The Art of Intrusion: The Real Stories Behind the Exploits of Hackers, Intruders and Deceivers
  39. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  40. Outliers: The Story of Success
  41. Messenger
  42. The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer
  43. SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance
  44. The Golden Compass
  45. The Subtle Knife
  46. The Amber Spyglass
  47. Objects on Rails
  48. Crafting Rails Applications: Expert Practices for Everyday Rails Development
  49. Madrigal’s Magic Key to Spanish: A Creative and Proven Approach
  50. Free Culture: The Nature and Future of Creativity
  51. What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures
  52. Programming Android