My 2019 Books
Table of Contents
In reading order, the books that I read during 2019 were as follows:
|Terence Kealey||The Economic Laws of Scientific Research|
|Charles Wheelan||Naked Economics|
|Bryan Caplan||The Case Against Education|
|Daniel Keyes||Flowers for Algernon|
|Michael Malice||The New Right|
|Geoffrey Shaw||The Lost Mandate of Heaven|
|Christopher Dawson||The Crisis of Western Education|
|Cal Newport||Digital Minimalism|
|Hans-Hermann Hoppe||A Theory of Socialism and Capitalism|
|Isaac Asimov||I, Robot|
|James Grant||The Forgotten Depression|
Looking back at the books that I completed this year I came up with the following three ways to analyze them: by genre, by Flesch-Kincaid reading grade, and by google score. This is meant to help me look at my interests over the year, the relative difficulty of the books that I read, and their relative popularity.
I have been unable to locate a simple and authoritative list of book genres. My amateur attempt at categorization yielded the following six genres.
- Self Help
- Science Fiction
- Political Non-Fiction
Sorting the books into these categories it is clear that economics books were a hit with my reading list for 2019, making up nearly 50% of the total.
Per Wikipedia, the Flesch-Kincaid grade level presents a score as a U.S. grade level to make it easy to judge the readability level of various books and texts.
This grade can be generated in R with the koRpus package function flesch.kincaid. This is easiest to do if you can load the files in as a text file, or PDF (using the pdftools package function pdf_text). The results of running this on 11 of my 12 books (one book is on loan to a friend and inaccessible to me) is as follows.
Note that these scores may differ from other officially published metrics because I did not run the test on the entire text of each book (transcription efforts would take too long). For files that I could obtain digitally I did not clear out any references or licensing information that may impact the score.
To assess the popularity of each book I googled the term "Book title" "Author name" for each of my 2019 books. I recorded the number of hits as of today (2019-12-22). This has clearly indicated that the oldest book (written up to 180AD) is also by far the most popularly referenced on Google search results.