2020 was a productive year in terms of book reading. I set a goal of 25 and I ended up at 54. I track my book reading at Goodreads, and here’s the 2020 page. Saving you the work, here’s the books with links and comments.

Other stuff

Viruses by Dorothy H. Crawford Read this just to get some background on Coronavirus back when this was interesting and not overdone.
Socialism by Kristian Niemietz Highly entertaining and always relevant book on communism/socialism. Every time they try this, it fails, and there is the eventual game on whether it was ‘real socialism’ (hint: they always disown it when it is proven to suck balls).
A Conflict of Visions by Thomas Sowell I heard good things about Sowell’s books, but this is not that interesting. It could have been 20 pages and you get the idea quickly.
Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss It’s a book on how to convince people of stuff, mostly based on the author’s extensive experience in negotiating with terrorists, robbers, kidnappers and other interesting characters.

Human biodiversity books

The effects of latitude on hominin social network maintenance by Eiluned Pearce This dissertation is surely among the most interesting stuff I read in 2020. A lot of ideas to think about as datasets of ancients become more common.

Principles of Evolutionary Medicine by Peter Gluckman This was a lot less about medicine than expected, and more of a typical summary of evolutionary biology and disease in humans. It was kinda dull in parts.

In the Know by Russell T Warne Russell Warne’s anticipated debunking/introduction book. Honestly, this book is a pretty good first step to learning about intelligence research. I think it is overly simplified in some parts, but it’s not written for me.

Creating Future People by Jonathon Anomaly Jonathan Anomaly’s biotech eugenics advocacy book. Naturally, I agree with this stuff!

Conservative Criminology by John Wright It’s hard to find a conservative in criminology, but there are a few. This is one of their books. I will be reading of this stuff. I already finished Anthony Walsh’s Race and Crime in 2021.

Modernity and Cultural Decline by Matthew Alexandar Sarraf This is a summary of Michael Woodley et al’s last 10 years of work on various matters related to decadence, decline of Western Civilization, dysgenics etc.

The WEIRDest People in the World by Joseph HenrichThe Secret of Our Success by Joseph HenrichOn Genetic Interests by Frank K. Salter I’ve been diving into this big history kind of books that involve some genetics. The Salter book is very good, much better than expected. I will have more to say on the Joe Henrich books, but I am finishing a few more books on this topic before doing a review. Right now I am reading Kevin MacDonald’s Individualism book, which purports to explain the same stuff as Henrich’s 2020 book, but from Indo-European and Hunter Gatherer admixture instead of church bans on incest.

Memoirs of a Dissident Psychologist by Richard Lynn Richard Lynn’s memoirs. This book is hilarious and a must read.

Intelligence by Hans Jürgen EysenckGenius by Hans Jürgen Eysenck We set up a memorial site for Hans Eysenck. Helmuth Nyborg always tells me stories of Eysenck, so I have been reading some of his work. The book on Genius is awesome. I reviewed it at length. The other is less interesting but it’s a quick read.
Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan More of a random book choice.
Human Diversity by Charles Murray Charles Murray’s anticipated book. Most people in my circles found it a useful review and introduction, but it doesn’t go far enough on many issues. I wrote a formal review in Mankind Quarterly.
Fifty Years of Occupational Psychology in Britain by Sylvia Shimmin This is part of my reading on military psychology. There is a lot of good stuff because the military is about quantitative improvements and large samples.
Stereotype Accuracy by Lee Jussim I keep doing some work in social psychology, mostly related to stereotypes and real life. I saw some references to this old book and it’s worth the read, at least some of the chapters, see the review.
Make It Stick by Peter C. Brown I was reading this for consulting work, but it’s good enough that it’s worth posting here as well. It reviews fundamental findings in learning research, so it’s the usual stuff on spaced repetition, interleaved learning and so on.
Range by David   Epstein A defense of polymathy or generalist knowledge in 2020. This is OK.
The Still Divided Academy by Stanley Rothman This is a book length treatment of a large survey of academics and students from 1999 or so. It contains a lot of interesting material, but most of the analyses are very bare-bones. I wonder if the data are free somewhere…

Programming or statistics

Assessing fundamental introductory computing concept knowledg... by Allison Elliott TewMeasuring Programming Skill - Construction and Validation of ... by Gunnar Rye Bergersen How does one make a programming skill or knowledge test? Well, it is not that easy! Fortunately, there are some interesting dissertations and theses on this.
A Handbook of Test Construction (Psychology Revivals) by Paul KlinePsychological Testing by Colin CooperIntelligence and Human Abilities by Colin Cooper Related to the above, but more standard books on test construction.
The Leprechauns of Software Engineering by Laurent Bossavit A debunking book on software engineering. It’s easy because most claims in this area aren’t based on much evidence at all. This field is largely in early stages of a science and not making much progress due to terrible methodological standards.
Evidence-Based Software Engineering by Derek M. Jones This book is probably the best software engineering book. It is somewhat haphazard but one cannot say it is not evidence based. This book is open source and based on a massive undertaking by the author to collect and free datasets in software engineering. Head over to the author’s page.
Reproducible Finance with R by Jonathan K Regenstein JrText Mining with R by Julia SilgeForecasting by George AthanasopoulosFeature Engineering and Selection by Max Kuhn I usually read a few introductions to some aspect of R every year. There’s a lot of new stuff coming out, major package updates or new packages. Mostly tidyverse stuff.
Beginning Anomaly Detection Using Python-Based Deep Learning by Sridhar Alla
Digital Phenotyping and Mobile Sensing by Harald Baumeister This is half-way a psychology book, but it has a lot of very interesting stuff, see the review.
Clean Code by Robert C. MartinThe Clean Coder by Robert C. Martin These are highly regarded apparently, but I think they are just a bunch of just-so recommendations. Boring and do not recommend.

Books related to HR consulting work

This stuff is mostly quite boring.

Human Capital Management by Angela BaronStrategic Human Resource Management by John   StoreyScrum by Chris SimsEngaging for Success by David MacleodA Practical Guide to Job Analysis by Erich P. PrienEvaluating Training Programs by Donald L. KirkpatrickThe Handbook of Competency Mapping by Seema SanghiThe Future of Jobs Report 2018 by World Economic ForumJapanese Human Resource Management by Naoki KuriyamaUltimate Performance Analysis Tool (uPATO) by Frutuoso G. M. SilvaInterview Logic by David OhrvallThe Best Team Wins by Adrian GostickThe Fearless Organization by Amy C. EdmondsonRethinking Productivity in Software Engineering by Caitlin SadowskiUniting the Virtual Workforce by Karen Sobel LojeskiTechnical Debt in Software Development by Siirretty Doriasta