BooksRonRead2016

Books Ron read in 2016

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O ye who lurk, I hope ye find some good stuff to read herein.

These are the 58 books I read cover to cover in 2016. I broke my book-a-week goal again. Pocket.com informs me I also read about 3.3 million words worth of blog posts, newspapers, Wikipedia articles, and so on with Pocket, which the site says amounts to about 71 books in 2016. If anything, this is less than in previous years (I think it's more usually about 5m words), which larger amount probably accounts for why I've occasionally not made my regular book-per-week goal.

Book titles link to the work's page on LibraryThing?. See also BooksRonRead.

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  1. In the Land of Babblers, Mark Rosenfelder, 2014, 8 Jan.
  2. Boredom: A Lively History, Peter Toohey, 2012, 9 Jan.
  3. The Language Construction Kit, Mark Rosenfelder, 2010, 18 Jan (read cover-to-cover for first time).
  4. The Planet Construction Kit, Mark Rosenfelder, 2010, 25 Jan (ditto).
  5. The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media, Brooke Gladstone & Josh Neufeld, 2011, 1 Feb (graphic novel, media criticism).
  6. Frank In The 3rd Dimension, Jim Woodring, 2016, 3 Feb (art book).
  7. A Writer's Guide To Persistence: How to Create a Lasting and Productive Writing Practice, Jordan Rosenfeld, 2015, 4 Feb (surprisingly non-woo book full of practical advice for the writer).
  8. Advanced Language Construction, Mark Rosenfelder, 2012, 13 Feb.
  9. The Art of Language Invention: From Horse-Lords to Dark Elves, the Words Behind World-Building, David J. Peterson, 2015, 15 Feb.
  10. Demon, Jason Shiga, 2016, 18 Feb (700+ page graphic novel; available as webcomic, etc.).
  11. Religion for Atheists: A Non-believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion, Alain de Botton, 2013, 27 Feb.
  12. Building Imaginary Worlds: The Theory and History of Subcreation, Mark J. P. Wolf, 2012, 5 Mar.
  13. In the Land of Invented Languages: Esperanto Rock Stars, Klingon Poets, Loglan Lovers, and the Mad Dreamers Who Tried to Build A Perfect Language, Arika Okrent, 2009, 9 Mar (reread).
  14. Kobold Guide to Worldbuilding, ed. Janna Silverstein, 2012, 11 Mar.
  15. Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle, Daniel L. Everett, 2009, 23 Mar.
  16. An Atlas of Countries That Don't Exist: A Compendium of Fifty Unrecognized and Largely Unnoticed States, Nick Middleton, 2015, 25 Mar.
  17. The Coming of the Golden Age: A View of the End of Progress, Gunther S. Stent, 1969, 1 Apr.
  18. Against Happiness: In Praise of Melancholy, Eric G. Wilson, 2009, 2 Apr.
  19. The Interpreter's Tale: A Word With Too Many Meanings, E. M. Epps, 2015, 21 April.
  20. Unflattening, Nick Sousanis, 2015, 11 May.
  21. From Elvish to Klingon: Exploring Invented Languages, ed. Michael Adams, 2011, 27 May.
  22. Buckaroo Banzai: No Matter Where You Go, Earl Mac Rauch, 2014, 4 Jun. Graphic novel.
  23. A Short Stay in Hell, Steven L. Peck, 2012, 5 Jun.
  24. Buckaroo Banzai: Return of the Screw, Earl Mac Rauch, 2014, 6 Jun. Graphic novel.
  25. Trekonomics: The Economics of Star Trek, Manu Saadia, 2016, 12 Jun.
  26. Smoke: A Novel, Dan Vyleta, 2016, 19 Jun.
  27. Warped: An Engaging Guide to the Never-Aired 8th Season (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Mike McMahan?, 2015, 14 Jul.
  28. The Mind Club: Who Thinks, What Feels, and Why It Matters, Daniel M. Wegner & Kurt Gray, 2016, 14 Jul.
  29. Rise of the Videogame Zinesters: How Freaks, Normals, Amateurs, Artists, Dreamers, Drop-outs, Queers, Housewives, and People Like You Are Taking Back an Art Form, Anna Anthropy, 2012, 17 Jul (reread).
  30. Futility Closet 2: A Second Trove of Intriguing Tidbits, Greg Ross, 2014, 24 Jul.
  31. Writing the Other (Conversation Pieces Volume 8), Cynthia Ward & Nisi Shawl, 2005, 30 Jul.
  32. Underground Airlines, Ben Winters, 2016, 8 Aug.
  33. Bookhunter, Jason Shiga, 2007, 9 Aug. Graphic novel.
  34. Somebodies and Nobodies: Overcoming the Abuse of Rank, Robert W. Fuller, 2004, 17 Aug.
  35. From Transgender to Transhuman: A Manifesto On the Freedom Of Form, Martine Rothblatt, 2011, 23 Aug.
  36. The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe, Kij Johnson, 2016, 29 Aug.
  37. Zen Driving, K.T. Berger, 1988, 7 Sep.
  38. Wasting Time on the Internet, Kenneth Goldsmith, 2016, 13 Sep.
  39. Sorry About the Explosion: A Humorous Guide to Computers, David D. Busch, 1985, 22 Sep.
  40. Starting FORTH — Online Edition, Leo Brodie, 2007, 1 Oct.
  41. The Elephant in the Room: A Journey into the Trump Campaign and the "Alt-Right", Jon Ronson, 2016, 8 Oct.
  42. The Seventy Maxims of Maximally Effective Mercenaries, Howard Tayler, 2016, 15 Oct. (With diegetic marginalia by the Schlock Mercenary characters.)
  43. Play Anything: The Pleasure of Limits, the Uses of Boredom, and the Secret of Games, Ian Bogost, 2016, 25 Oct.
  44. Martians Go Home, Fredric Brown, 1955, 27 Oct.
  45. The Last Hero: A Discworld Fable, Terry Pratchett & Paul Kidby, 2002, 28 Oct.
  46. Time Travel: A History, James Gleick, 2016, 9 Nov.
  47. Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor, Lynda Barry, 2014, 12 Nov.
  48. The book of record of the time capsule of cupaloy, deemed capable of resisting the effects of time for five thousand years, embedded in the grounds of the New York World's fair, 1939, Westinghouse Electric Corporation, 1939, 13 Nov. (Good luck with that.)
  49. The New Official Rules: Maxims for Muddling Through to the Twenty-First Century, Paul Dickson, 1989, 16 Nov.
  50. Murphy's Law and Other Reasons Why Things Go Wrong, Arthur Bloch, 1978, 20 Nov.
  51. Murphy's Law Book Two: More Reasons Why Things Go Wrong!, Arthur Bloch, 1980, 21 Nov.
  52. Murphy's Law 2000, Arthur Bloch, 1999, 23 Nov.
  53. Murphy's Law Book Three, Arthur Bloch, 1982, 23 Nov.
  54. The Systems Bible: The Beginner's Guide to Systems Large and Small, version 3.5, John Gall, 2012, 27 Nov.
  55. The theory & practice of gamesmanship; or, The art of winning games without actually cheating, Stephen Potter, 1947, 30 Nov (as part of The Complete Upmanship omnibus).
  56. Schlock Mercenary Book 16: Big, Dumb Objects, Howard Tayler, 2016, 3 Dec (volume of webcomic read online).
  57. The Van Gogh Blues: The Creative Person's Path Through Depression, Eric Maisel, 2007, 10 Dec.
  58. The Guide to Larry Niven's Ringworld, Kevin Stein, 1994, 23 Dec.