Books I read in 2021

My goal for 2021 was to read 20 books. I read 24! I’m going for 22 in 2022.

Here’s the list of books I read in 2021, organized by date read.

  1. A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis

  2. How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

  3. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

  4. White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

  5. A Very Punchable Face by Colin Jost

  6. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

  7. Cibola Burn (The Expanse, #4) by James S.A. Corey. I started this series before watching the TV show adaptation The Expanse on Prime Video. The show has gone past what I’ve read so I’m now playing catch up. There are enough differences between the books and show to still make these a fun read.

  8. Bridges: Ministering to Those Who Question by David B. Ostler. Highly recommended for members of the LDS (Mormon) church who want to understand and maintain relationships with those who question or even leave the church.

  9. Abaddon’s Gate (The Expanse #3) by James S.A. Corey. Yes, I did accidentally read book four before book three. The TV show already covered both books so it wasn’t a big deal, thankfully.

  10. Nemesis Games (The Expanse #5) by James S.A. Corey

  11. Naked by David Sedaris

  12. Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris

  13. Oh God Not Again! by Sarah1281

  14. Babylon’s Ashes (The Expanse, #6) by James S.A. Corey

  15. Lux (Texas Reckoners, #1) by Brandon Sanderson

  16. Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir. Excellent book.

  17. Persepolis Rising (The Expanse, #7) by James S.A. Corey

  18. Tiamat’s Wrath (The Expanse, #8) by James S.A. Corey

  19. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

  20. The New One: Painfully True Stories from a Reluctant Dad by Mike Birbiglia

  21. Children of Time (Children of Time, #1) by Adrian Tchaikovsky. I absolutely loved this.

  22. Cytonic (Skyward, #3) by Brandon Sanderson

  23. Leviathan Falls (The Expanse, #9) by James S.A. Corey

  24. Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Pérez. Wow. I thought I knew how big of a dumpster fire the world is for women, but it’s so much worse than I thought. Highly recommended.

Books I read in 2020

These are the books I read during the untamed, rampant dumpster fire of a year that was 2020, organized by date read.

  1. Starsight (Skyward #2) by Brandon Sanderson.

  2. Darksaber by Kevin J. Anderson. This is the first Star Wars book I’ve read/listened to. The audiobook had a bunch of sound effects which I found distracting.

  3. Age of Death (The Legends of the First Empire, #5) by Michael J. Sullivan

  4. Educated by Tara Westover

  5. Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble by Dan Lyons

  6. Bossypants by Tina Fey

  7. Yes Please! by Amy Poehler

  8. Caffeine: How Caffeine Created the Modern World by Michael Pollan

  9. Age of Empyre (The Legends of the First Empire #6) by Michael J. Sullivan

  10. The Aleph Extraction (The Galactic Cold War, #2) by Dan Moren

  11. Calypso by David Sedaris

  12. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

  13. Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

  14. I Am C-3PO: The Inside Story by Anthony Daniels

  15. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris

  16. When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris

  17. Planet Funny: How Comedy Took Over Our Culture by Ken Jennings

  18. Rhythm of War (The Stormlight Archive, #4), by Brandon Sanderson

  19. The Lost Sapphire of Azure Isle (Shadow Sovereign, #2), by Vona Stewart

  20. Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor, #3), Jessica Townsend

30 minute toast

One day over a decade ago I was working from a friend’s house. He got up off his computer proclaiming, “I’m going to go make toast.” He returned 30 minutes later, having made toast and eaten it. Plain toast. Not fancy avocado toast. Just plain toasted bread with butter.

30 minutes.

Toast has a half life of about 10 seconds1. You gotta grab it directly out of a hot toaster and butter it quickly. The hotter the better. If you’re not risking your life by grabbing the toast then you’re waiting too long. Wait too long and you’re going to be eating hard bread with cold butter on it.

How was my friend’s toast even edible? Did he bake the bread first? Was the bread frozen and he thawed it out by holding the entire loaf over an air conditioning vent? Did he think toast meant leaving bread out until it gets stale?

These questions have plagued me for the last decade.


  1. This is why it’s impossible to get good toast at a restaurant.

Parenting lots of kids

Ever notice that people with 20 children are like, “after the 3rd kid I stopped noticing any additional work! it totally gets easier. ha ha ha ha”

I think they’re all completely broken inside.

Books I read in 2019

My goal for 2019 was to read 12 books. I re-read 12 books and read 6 new ones for a total of 18. I’m including all the books I re-read in my list here this year.

I’m going for 15 in 2020.

Here’s the list of books I read in 2019, organized by date read.

  1. Skyward by Brandon Sanderson. This book is different from his usual books in that its a sci-fi book instead of fantasy. Turns out, he can do sci-fi extremely well.

  2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. I re-read these every few years.

  3. The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth, #2) by N.K. Jemisin. These books are incredibly well written and excellent, but I’m not sure I can continue the series. It’s weird: I like the story, but it takes too much mental effort for me to keep up.

  4. Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #2) by Jessica Townsend. Wonderfully magical series.

  5. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling.

  6. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling.

  7. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling.

  8. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling.

  9. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling.

  10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling.

  11. Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds by Brandon Sanderson.

  12. The Bayern Agenda by Dan Moren.

  13. The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal.

  14. Age of Legend (The Legends of the First Empire, #4) by Michael J. Sullivan. Solid installment in a very good series.

  15. Theft of Swords (The Riyria Revelations, #1-2) by Michael J. Sullivan. First time re-reading this series. Just as good the second time through it.

  16. Rise of Empire (The Riyria Revelations, #3-4) by Michael J. Sullivan.

  17. Heir of Novron (The Riyria Revelations, #5-6) by Michael J. Sullivan.

  18. The Crown Tower (The Riyria Chronicles, #1) by Michael J. Sullivan. This is a prequel to the Riyria Revelations, but if you do read the series read this one after the Revelations series.

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