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The slow-news time betwixt Christmas and New Year’s Day was created by media conglomerates to publish thousands of “Best Of” lists. I stink at creating them since I’ve always had a years-long backlog of music, movies, and books that I haven’t quite gotten around to. To remedy this, for books at least, a few of years ago I decided to read at least one book a month. Granted, that’s far below the number consumed by my bookworm friends, but gimme a break — my job consists of reading the internet non-stop and my old eyes get tired.
I’ve decided to share my booklist with you, the highly literate Ricochet member. Here’s what I read in 2016, in order:
- Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy, Judd Apatow
- Don’t Thank Me All at Once: The Lost Pop Genius of Scott Miller, Brett Milano
- Coolidge, Amity Shlaes
- The Art of Peace, Morihei Ueshiba
- Why Is the World So Dangerous?, Herbert Meyer (booklet)
- A Curmudgeon’s Guide to Getting Ahead: Dos and Don’ts of Right Behavior, Tough Thinking, Clear Writing, and Living a Good Life, Charles Murray
- The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle, Steven Pressfield
- The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph, Ryan Holiday
- The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Have you read it yet? You really must.)
- People’s Republic, Kurt Schlichter
- Based on a True Story, Norm MacDonald
- The Haçienda: How Not to Run a Club, Peter Hook
- Reasons to Stay Alive, Matt Haig
- Substance: Inside New Order, Peter Hook
- Almost Interesting, David Spade
Not only did I hit my book a month goal, I blew by it with 15 titles total. Granted, three of them were super short, but the Dostoyevsky more than made up for that. Three were about the inner workings of comedy, three about music, three about politics, two fiction, and four were philosophy/self-help.