Books of 2011

Another year another list of books that I read in 2011. I never read as much as I want/should.

  • Why We Get Fat (11/1/2011)
  • Start Small, Stay Small – Audiobook (30/1/2011)
  • Never Let Go (2/2/2011)
  • Ignore Everybody (10/2/2011)
  • The Hero Handbook (21/2/2011)
  • Mindfulness in Plain English (3/3/2011)
  • Programming Amazon EC2 (18/3/2011)
  • How to Make Money (7/3/2011)
  • Eloquent Ruby (6/5/2011)
  • Snow Crash (18/5/2011)
  • Get out of Jail Free Card (19/5/2011)
  • Hyperion (6/6/2011)
  • Anything You Want (1/7/2011)
  • The Fall of Hyperion (29/7/2011)
  • Motorcycle Roadcraft (6/9/2011)
  • Sport Riding Techniques (20/9/2011)
  • Recipes with Backbone (19/12/2011)
  • The Secrets of the Rainmakers (20/12/2011)
  • The Lean Startup (25/12/2011)

The only book that really stands out for me this year is “Hyperion”. I don’t usually read fiction, but on this occasion I’m extremely glad I did. Never before has a book gripped me as much as this one did. And excellent story which had me desperate to keep going to find out what happened. “Why we get fat” is a very good book on the basics of the modern science behind the obesity epidemic spreading across the world. I found it very hard to read Gary Taubes previous book “Good Calories, Bad Calories”, but this was extremely easy to take in.

I certainly want to be able to read more in 2012. But that’s something I say every year.

  • Ian Howlett

    You should read “The Magic of Reality” by Richard Dawkins. It’s excellent, one of the best books I’ve read in a long time, and it’s very easy reading too. He only bashes religion a little bit, too! :) I hugely recommend this book to everyone.