Reading

I’m regularly reading a wide variety of books. As I finish each, some will get summaries and notes posted to this blog. Everything is compiled into one page here as an overview of what I’ve already read this year.

A star indicates something I’d near-universally recommend. Other books aren’t necessarily unrecommended; it’s just that the answer is more, “It depends on what you’re looking to read…”

2019

  • Solitude: A Return to the Self by Anthony Storr.
  • In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin.
  • Hermits: The Insights of Solitude by Peter France.
  • The Attention Merchants by Tim Wu.
  • The Overstory by Richard Powers.
  • Fentanyl, Inc. by Ben Westhoff.
  • The Red Threads of Fortune by JY Yang.
  • Ice Age by John Gribbin and Mary Gribbin.
  • The Accidental President by A. J. Baime.
  • The Black Tides of Heaven by JY Yang.
  • Walden on Wheels by Ken Ilgunas.
  • The Neutronium Alchemist by Peter F. Hamilton.
  • Timefulness by Marcia Bjornerud.
  • The Years That Matter Most by Paul Tough. ★
  • Hello World by Hannah Fry.
  • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari.
  • Handmade: Creative Focus in the Age of Distraction by Gary Rogowski.
  • Educated by Tara Westover. ★
  • Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport.
  • Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham.
  • Uncommon Service by Frances Frei and Anne Morriss.
  • The Manual by Epictetus.
  • Status Anxiety by Alain de Botton. ★
  • Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey.
  • Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.
  • Resilient Management by Lara Hogan.
  • The Reality Dysfunction by Peter F. Hamilton.
  • Delivering Quality Service by Valarie Zeithaml, A. Parasuraman, and Leonard Berry.
  • Zbigniew Brzezinski: America’s Grand Strategist by Justin Vaïsse.
  • On the Shortness of Life by Seneca.
  • Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
  • Thoughts in Solitude by Thomas Merton.
  • On Desire by William B. Irvine.
  • How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell.
  • A Complaint Is a Gift by Janelle Barlow and Claus Møller.
  • Working by Robert Caro. ★
  • Company of One by Paul Jarvis.
  • The Goodness Paradox by Richard Wrangham. ★
  • Tiamat’s Wrath by James S. A. Corey.
  • Delight Your Customers by Steve Curtin.
  • Driving Customer Equity by Roland Rust, Valarie Zeithaml, and Katherine Lemon.
  • The Best Service is No Service by Bill Price and David Jaffe.
  • The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut.
  • Persepolis Rising by James S. A. Corey.
  • Strategic Customer Service by John Goodman.
  • The Effortless Experience by Matthew Dixon, Nick Toman, and Rick DeLisi.
  • Six Months, Three Days, Five Others by Charlie Jane Anders.
  • High-Tech, High-Touch Customer Service by Micah Solomon.
  • The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders.
  • The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker.
  • See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng.
  • The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro.
  • The Odyssey translated by Emily Wilson. ★
  • The Stoics by F.H. Sandbach.
  • Meditations by Marcus Aurelius.
  • Plutarch’s Lives: Vol. 1 translated by John Dryden.
  • Camino Sunrise by Reg Spittle.
  • Born to Run by Christopher McDougall.
  • Circe by Madeline Miller.
  • The Chinese Typewriter: A History by Thomas Mullaney.
  • War Trash by Ha Jin.
  • Track Changes by Matthew Kirschenbaum.

You can also find what I read over the course of 2018.