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.

Published by Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.