When I say “Recently” I guess I mean “In the last two years or so.” I didn’t do a great job actually tracking what I read in 2017, and did better in 2016.

In 2015 one of the things I did was look at the holdover books, those things I’d started reading in one year but hadn’t finished before the year ticked over.

In 2017 into 2018 those were

  • 21st Century Science Fiction Edited by David G. Hartwell and Patrick Nielsen Hayden

    I got distracted by novels here, by how inconvenient this book is to lug around as a 500+ page hardcover and by wanting to build a system for tracking what short fiction I’d read, since there doesn’t appear to be a good way to do this.

  • SPQR by Mary Beard

    This is a brisk, entertaining and narrative popular history of Rome, from its founding onward. I can’t recall exactly where it ends it narrative, especially as I’ve not finished the book.

  • Time Travel: A History by James Gleick

I read Gleick’s The Information a couple of years ago and so far, that book’s broader scope was a strength. I think I was also not a hugely attentive reader of this book, so lots of the details sort of slipped past me as I’ve been reading.
  • Legacy of Ashes by Tim Weiner

    I listened to this in audio via Overdrive from either my local public library or NYPL. The entire book is an ongoing indidment of practically every operation in the CIA’s history. It is a laundry list of failure followed by failure, of incompitence piled on malice. It’s likely not a book I could have read cover to cover but it was brisk enough at an audiobook that I got through most of it before the book expired.

I didn’t do a good job tracking my reading this year, listened to several audiobooks last year in addition to reading, which was probably a bit less than the previous year. I might try and pull that all together from the three places I put an incomplete record of my reading into. I’m still thinking that I would like to read a couple of non-fiction books this year, especially since I didn’t finish several of those in 2017.