Here’s my list of books for this year. I counted 21 for 2019, which definitely constitutes a great year of reading for me. I love reading and have been working hard on keeping my throughput high by putting aside books that I don’t enjoy without guilt, freely skipping through books if I feel like it, and not getting stuck on any one in particular. I’d like to keep increasing the number of books I read per year (or at least remain constant) and have plenty on the list to start off 2020.
Here is what I read in 2019 in roughly sequential order, descending from the most recent:
We Learn Nothing by Tim Kreider
Great collection of stories and was surprised by the humor and impact of the writing.
Getting Things Done by David Allen
A legendary productivity system I had yet to understand until this year.
⭐️ What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murukami
One of my now all-time faves. Good for fans or running or just those who like a good memoir.
A Guide to the Good Life by William B Irvine
Deep Work by Cal Newport
What if instead we didn’t have to schedule deep thinking time, but instead had to schedule time to be distracted?
The Lessons of History by Will Durant
A short summary of world history. Really entertaining and educational read.
⭐️ Born Standing Up by Steve Martin
One of my now all-time faves. The journey and methods of an artist building their skills until they were the best in the world.
⭐️ So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport
One of my now all-time faves. It’s all about deliberate practice.
Remote by David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried
The Year Without Pants by Scott Berkun
⭐️ The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
One of my now all-time faves. Cannot recommend enough.
⭐️ Levels of the Game by John McPhee
One of my now all-time faves. Impossible to put down once you start.
Draft No. 4 by John McPhee
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson
Ernest Hemingway on Writing by Larry W. Philips
Rework by David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried
Will make you think about the tools and processes you use at work or for any project more intelligently.
Surely You’re Joking, Mr Feynman by Richard Feynman
Waking Up by Sam Harris
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
A book about writing that’s brimming with wisdom about life.