The first month of the 10MillionWords project has come to an end. There were fifteen books added to the New York Times list of bestsellers in January. So far I have reviewed ten of the fifteen, though I’ve actually read thirteen of them. While the month began quietly (since publishers tend not to release books right at the time of the holidays) it has quickly picked up with an average of three books being added each week since then.
Here are the books I read and reviewed this month.
- The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande
- All Things at Once by Mika Brzezinski
- Game Change by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin
- Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert
- When the Game Was Ours by Larry Bird and Magic Johnson
- Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
- The Book of Basketball by Bill Simmons
- Last Words by George Carlin
- The Imperial Cruise by James Bradley
- Stones Into Schools by Greg Mortenson
The five that I’ve not yet read or reviewed are:
- Anticancer by David Servan-Schreiber (not read)
- Evidence of the Afterlife by Jeffrey Long (read, review coming soon)
- Drive by Daniel Pink (read, review coming soon)
- Just Kids by Patti Smith (not read)
- A Bold, Fresh Piece of Humanity by Bill O’Reilly (read, review coming soon)
The reviews I’ve posted break down into the following categories (granting that these are rough groupings and that some books might fit into more than one category):
- Biography (4) – All Things at Once, Committed, Last Words, Stones into Schools
- Sports (3) – When the Game Was Ours, Born to Run, The Book of Basketball
- Medicine (1) – The Checklist Manifesto
- Politics (1) – Game Change
- History (1) – The Imperial Cruise
I am not the least bit surprised to see biography at the top of that list. I’m quite sure that I’ll be reading more biography than any other genre in the year to come.
Of the ten books I reviewed, I read eight of them on the Kindle and only two in hardcover (neither All Things at Once nor Game Change were available in e-book format). This is the most reading I’ve ever done on the Kindle and have to say that it’s largely been a very positive experience. Not only has it saved me a lot of money (just those eight books have likely saved me around $150) but it has also given me freedom to read when and where I’ve wanted. The Kindle has come a long way since the initial version and I’ve really become quite comfortable reading on it. Its limited note-taking and highlighting abilities mean that it still does not work very well for research books, but for reading of this kind, it functions very well.
I wish I could offer up a word count for the books I’ve read. It is much more difficult than you might think. If I can find a good way of tallying it up, I’ll be sure to let you know.
Beyond the books I read for the 10MillionWords project, I read three books for review at Challies.com: The Trellis and the Vine, A Father’s Gift and Dug Down Deep. I also read all or most of several books as research for my forthcoming book dealing with technology and read three books to offer up endorsements. So it has been a very “literary” month. Not surprisingly, I feel sometimes like my head is spinning a little bit. Nevertheless, I’ve enjoyed the vast majority of the reading I’ve done and am eagerly anticipating what February will bring.