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A Spy's Guide to Thinking by John  Braddock
Shortest Book
Fall or, Dodge in Hell by Neal Stephenson
Longest Book

Average book length in 2019

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
Most Popular
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Getting Started with p5.js by Lauren McCarthy
Least Popular
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Thomas’s average rating for 2019

The Dream Machine by M. Mitchell Waldrop
Highest Rated on Goodreads
4.54 average

Exact Thinking in Demented Times by Karl Sigmund

Thomas’s first review of the year

liked it
I'm really torn on this one. I wanted to like it a lot more than I did, but on reading it, I realize the people I wanted to learn more about where all the figures at the periphery: Gödel, Wittgenstein, and Popper. But the actual members of the Vienna Circle just weren't that interesting to me. This is no fault of the book or the author, who clearly knows his material and tells the tale effectively, but it was hard to be compelled by people who I ...more

Exact Thinking in Demented Times by Karl Sigmund
A Spy's Guide to Thinking by John  Braddock
Switch by Chip Heath
A Spy's Guide to Strategy by John  Braddock
Alibaba by Duncan Clark
You Belong to the Universe by Jonathan Keats
The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman
it was amazing
Creating Things That Matter by David      Edwards
The Spaceship Next Door by Gene Doucette
The Frequency of Aliens by Gene Doucette
really liked it
21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari
Bandwidth by Eliot Peper
Technology Strategy Patterns by Eben Hewitt
Borderless by Eliot Peper
Shadow Captain by Alastair Reynolds
Possible Minds by John Brockman
Rocannon's World by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell
Reset by Brian  Andrews
The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi
really liked it
The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi
English History Made Brief, Irreverent and Pleasurable by Lacey Baldwin Smith
Sprint by Jake Knapp
Make Time by Jake Knapp
Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
Superbosses by Sydney Finkelstein
The Making of a Manager by Julie Zhuo
Shortest Way Home by Pete Buttigieg
The Great Mental Models by Shane Parrish
Zeitgeist by Bruce Sterling
Atomic Habits by James Clear
The Creativity Code by Marcus du Sautoy
Mort by Terry Pratchett
The Dream Machine by M. Mitchell Waldrop
it was amazing
Coders by Clive Thompson
Who Killed Mister Moonlight? by David J. Haskins
Team of Teams by Stanley McChrystal
Every Tool's a Hammer by Adam Savage
it was amazing
Gumption by Nick Offerman
A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Purnell
How To Speak Dog by Stanley Coren
Range by David   Epstein
The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon
Fall or, Dodge in Hell by Neal Stephenson
One Good Turn by Witold Rybczynski
An Elegant Puzzle by Will Larson
it was amazing
Permafrost by Alastair Reynolds
Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee
Alexander X by Edward Savio
The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
Forever Free by Joe Haldeman
Exhalation by Ted Chiang
The Pattern on the Stone by William Daniel Hillis
The Undefeated Mind by Alex Lickerman
No Excuses by Robert C. Solomon
The Making of Karateka by Jordan Mechner
The Infidel and the Professor by Dennis C. Rasmussen
The Weather Machine by Andrew  Blum
Understanding Complexity by Scott E. Page
it was amazing
The Making of Prince of Persia by Jordan Mechner
Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Ancient Among Us by Edward Savio
Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
Making Money by Terry Pratchett
Reboot by Jerry  Colonna
it was amazing
Becoming Fluent by Roger Kreuz
Fugazi's In on the Kill Taker by Joe Gross
Out of Spite, Out of Mind by Scott  Meyer
Ultralearning by Scott H. Young
Insanely Great by Steven Levy
Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky
One Mission by Chris Fussell
The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
The Fated Sky by Mary Robinette Kowal
it was amazing
The Science of Information by Benjamin Schumacher
Getting Started with p5.js by Lauren McCarthy
Generative Art by Matt Pearson
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
How To by Randall Munroe
Wanderers by Chuck Wendig
Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe
Simple Habits for Complex Times by Jennifer Garvey Berger
Artificial Intelligence by Melanie Mitchell
La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman
The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman
The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie
Inspired by Marty Cagan
Mythos by Stephen Fry
it was amazing
You Look Like a Thing and I Love You by Janelle Shane
How to Speak Machine by John Maeda
The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron
really liked it
A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers
Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Margaret Weis
Robert Anton Wilson Explains Everything or Old Bob Exposes Hi... by Robert Anton Wilson

Artificial Intelligence by Melanie Mitchell

Thomas’s last review of the year

really liked it
Excellent summary and overview of the current state and challenges facing artificial intelligence. Should be readily accessible to any interested reader without requiring pre-existing knowledge of the field.
2019 Reading Challenge Img rccompleted
Thomas read 94 out of 80 books.
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