What I Read on the Last 21 January 16ths

On Monday, I  was glancing at the list of books I’ve read, and thought it would be interesting to list the book that I was reading on that day—January 16—for each of the last 21 years.

  • 1996: Science, Numbers, and I by Isaac Asimov
  • 1997: Broca’s Brain by Carl Sagan
  • 1998: Foundation by Isaac Asimov
  • 1999: Tau Zero by Poul Anderson
  • 2000: The Life of Greece by Will Durant
  • 2001: My War by Andy Rooney
  • 2002: Terraforming Earth by Jack Williamson
  • 2003: Forever: A Novel by Pete Hamill
  • 2004: The Pleasure of My Company by Steve Martin
  • 2005: My Manhattan by Pete Hamill
  • 2006: Foundation and Chaos by Greg Bear
  • 2007: The Engines of God by Jack McDevitt
  • 2008: (Not reading anything on this day)
  • 2009: Beyond Band of Brothers: The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters by Richard Winters
  • 2010: C. M. Kornbluth by Mark Rich
  • 2011: Astounding Science Fiction, July 1939
  • 2012: Astounding Science Fiction, January 1942
  • 2013: Impulse by Steven Gould
  • 2014: Work Done for Hire by Joe Haldeman
  • 2015: (Not reading anything on this day)
  • 2016: My Happy Days in Hollywood by Garry Marshall
  • 2017: Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories by Simon Winchester

I ended up including what I was reading on Monday, which actually makes the last 22 January 16th. Twice in that time, once is 2008, and again in 2015, I wasn’t reading anything on January 16. This happens occasionally, when I am between books, and can’t decide what to read next.

Facebook and Google like to remind us about what we were doing on a particular day. In many respects, I prefer looking back to what I was reading on a particular day. For some reason, I can look at what I was reading, and remember quite clearly where I was, and what I was doing while reading that particular book.