I forgot the books section of my review so let's add it in now. I don't keep a record so this is just me piecing it together at the end of the year and I'll have forgotten a few.
Before I start I'm going to make a guess at what the list will look like. I normally read a decent but not enormous number of books: generally I finish maybe 10-20 books, including low-effort fiction, and skim bits from about the same number again. I expect this year was the same. I think my reading was particularly bimodal this year, with the non-fiction being unusually difficult and almost all of the fiction being very easy comfort food rereads.
Marie Kondo was obviously the big inspiration this year but I'm not sure if I read both books this year or last year, I have no sense of time any more.
OK let's find out. Books I finished:
- Elliott - Existential Kink. Entertainingly weird self-help book that a lot of the Twitter postrats like. Didn't do much for me but then again I didn't do the exercises so wouldn't expect it to.
- Kondo - The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Actual life-changing magic like it says on the tin. I did do the exercises, probably more comprehensively than any other book I've ever read.
- Kondo - Spark Joy. Apparently I did read both this year.
- Sethi - I Will Teach You To Be Rich. This sounds like a really terrible self-help book, but I actually liked it a lot. Style is shouty American but the content fits well with Kondo, just for money not things.
- Vygotsky - Thought and Language. This was very good, I wrote about it here and here.
- Kolakowski - Husserl and the Search for Certitude. Also very good and I wrote a lot of notes starting here.
- Nelson - On Writer's Block. On emotional aspects of writing more generally, not just writer's block. I thought this was good while I was reading it but it's somehow not very memorable.
- Portis - True Grit
- Hartman - Seraphina. Comfort food reread.
- Hartman - Shadow Scale. Same
- Pratchett - Small Gods. Same
- Streatfeild - Ballet Shoes. Same
- Streatfeild - Apple Bough. Same
plus significant chunks of:
- Bowker and Star - Sorting Things Out. Interesting content, find the writing style a real slog.
- Scott - Two Cheers for Anarchism. Didn't do much for me, feel like I learned enough Scott for my purposes by reading everyone's blog posts on legibility
- Dutilh Novaes - Formal Languages in Logic. Been picking at this slowly the last two years.
- Derrida - Voice and Phenomenon. Started writing a series of notes (starts here) on this and then bailed because it was too hard. I might now have enough background to go back.
- Cisney - Derrida's 'Voice and Phenomenon'. This is the secondary source I got to help me after I bailed. It's very useful.
- Husserl - The Philosophy of Arithmetic. Not exactly a page-turner but I want to understand a few bits. Some notes here, hopefully more soon.
- Salmon - An Event, Perhaps (this is a biography of Derrida. I'm still reading it, not sure whether I'll finish it or not - it's good and very clear but I don't care so much about his later stuff)
- Dantzig - Number: The Language of Science. Old pop book about maths, also still reading and not sure if will finish.
- Matthew - The Meaningful Money Handbook. I wanted a UK-specific money book to go with the Sethi one. It's not exciting but it's fine.
- Kondo and Sonenshein - Joy at Work. Review here
- Smith - On the Origin of Objects. Every so often I bang my head against this book a bit more.
- Ingalls Wilder - Little House in the Big Woods. Forgot I started this oops
- Twain - Huckleberry Finn. Every few years I start reading this, enjoy it and then mysteriously stop
- Lewis - The Screwtape Letters. Started reading on the train a few days ago, may finish but probably can't be bothered
So, yep, pretty much what I expected except I forgot about the self-help. Mix of Husserl/Derrida effortreading and switch-brain-off fiction.