This is a running list of the books I’ve read this year. Anything I near-universally recommend is marked with a star and I linked to any reading notes I published.

You can also find lists from 2018, 2019, and 2020 as well as an index of my reading notes.

  • How to Think Strategically by Greg Githens.
  • The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr.
  • Nero by John F. Drinkwater.
  • Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks.
  • On Writing Well by William Zinsser.
  • Words That Work by Frank Luntz.
  • Lost Horizon by James Hilton.
  • War and Peace and War by Peter Turchin.
  • Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan.
  • The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab.
  • The Great Sea by David Abulafia.
  • How to Take Smart Notes by Sönke Ahrens. ★
  • The Beggar Queen by Lloyd Alexander.
  • The Kestrel by Lloyd Alexander.
  • Westmark by Lloyd Alexander.
  • How to Read a Book by Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren. ★
  • Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh.
  • Hild by Nicola Griffith.
  • The Origins of Political Order by Francis Fukuyama.
  • Good Strategy Bad Strategy by Richard Rumelt.
  • Chronic City by Jonathan Lethem.
  • The Golden Rhinoceros by François-Xavier Fauvelle.
  • Management Lessons from Mayo Clinic by Leonard Berry and Kent Seltman.
  • The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa.
  • The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa.
  • The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson.