This post is about all of the books I want to read in 2018.
(If you’re just here for the list, it’s at the bottom of the post.)
Why I want to read in 2018
I used to be a reader. Some would call me a voracious reader. It was my gift. My mother claims when I was a toddler she could leave me with a stack of books all day and never needed to check up on me. It’s probably not far from the truth.
By the time I was 10 I had read every book in the house. I was so desperate to read, I started reading our 27-volume encyclopedia set. I lost interest somewhere around ‘spumoni’.
In 9th grade I took a reading test to check my speed and comprehension. According to my dad’s memory, I read 750 words per minute with 95% comprehension.
Unfortunately, after high school my reading dropped off considerably. Once I had my own transportation, there were just too many other things to do. There was money to make, people to meet, places to visit. Books had lost their interest as I discovered the wide world outside my imagination.
Of course, I still read some books. I read some business books, how-to and psychology books. Once or twice a year I would pick up a fiction book, and sometimes I’d even finish one. Mostly, I read articles, blog posts, Facebook statuses, tweets. Some great, some good, mostly worthless.
Towards the end of last year I realized how little I actually read, and how much I miss reading. When it came time to set goals for 2018, I knew what I needed to do.
How I came up with this list
This reading list came from four major sources.
First, I was inspired to start reading again by Jon Acuff’s incessant Instagram posts about the books he was reading (learn how Jon read 100 books in 2017). Many of these books were drawn from his reviews.
Second, last year I read The Obstacle Is The Way by Ryan Holiday. The book was fantastic, definitely the best book I’ve read in several years. After reading that book I found Ryan’s reading list and added a bunch more books to my must-read stack.
Third, Jason Zook from JasonDoesStuff has a running list of books he’s read, an idea which I ripped off for my reading list. Many of his recommendations made it onto this list.
And fourth, I asked my Facebook friends for recommendations and they came through in a big way! If I put all 100+ names here, the post would be longer than the reading list!
A few caveats
Okay, we’re almost to the list. Before we jump into it, there are a few things I want to point out.
This list is not comprehensive. I may read books that are not listed, and I might not read books that are on the list. I don’t have a reading order or a strict regimen around this.
This list is not a recommendation. There are some great books on here which I’ll rave about after I’ve read them. There are some others which are the antithesis of everything I believe about humanity (I’m looking at you, Mein Kampf). Let the reader beware.
This list is not for children. Along the same lines as the last point, some of these books may be inappropriate for
young impressionable minds. Don’t print this off and hand it to your kids as a summer reading assignment.
This list is not complete. It’s only January, which leaves 11 more months for recommendations and discoveries. I’m super excited to find more great books to read, and I’ll try to add them here as I find them.
The reading list
- 10X Rule by Grant Cardone
- 11/22/63 by Stephen King
- 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
- A Burglar’s Guide to the City by Geoff Manaugh
- A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace
- A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
- Actionable Gamification by Yu-Kai Chou
- Amusing Ourselves To Death by Neil Postman
- And He Dwelt Among Us by A. W. Tozer
- Anything You Want by Derek Sivers
- Badass: Making Users Awesome by Kathy Sierra
- Bill Peet: An Autobiography by Bill Peet
- Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
- Bold by Peter Diamandis
- Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
- Conditional Design by Anthony di Mari
- Confessions by St. Augustine
- Confessions of a Master Jewel Thief by Bill Mason
- Creativity, Inc by Ed Catmull
- Deep Work by Cal Newport [NEW]
- Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman
- Dieter Rams: As Little Design As Possible by Sophie Lovell, Klaus Kemp
- Discipline Equals Freedom Field Manual by Jocko Willink
- Draw to Win by Dan Roam
- Ego Is The Enemy by Ryan Holiday
- Every Day I Fight by Stuart Scott
- Everything I Know by Paul Jarvis
- Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink, Leif Babin
- Finish by Jon Acuff
- Food Rules by Michael Pollen
- Footprints on the Moon by Seth Godin
- Ghost In The Wires by Kevin Mitnick
- Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance
- Hit Makers by Derek Thompson [NEW]
- Hooked by Nir Eyal, Ryan Hoover
- How to by Michael Bierut
- Hyrule Historia by Akira Himekawa
- Ish by Peter H. Reynolds
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
- Luther by Eric Metaxas
- Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
- Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler
- My Life and Work by Henry Ford [NEW]
- Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss
- Pre-suasion by Robert Cialdini
- Priceless by William Poundstone [NEW]
- Poke The Box by Seth Godin
- Quantum Christianity by Aaron Davis
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
- Redwall by Brian Jacques
- Richest Man In Babylon by George Samuel Clason
- Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky
- Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky
- Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson
- Show Your Work by Austin Kleon
- Spurious Correlations by Tyler Vigen
- Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon
- The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler
- The Big Red Fez by Seth Godin
- The Book With No Pictures by B. J. Novak
- The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
- The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
- The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene
- The Flinch by Julien Smith
- The Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis
- The Happiness Hypothesis by Jordan Haidt
- The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
- The Influentials by Edward Keller, Jonathan Berry
- The Information by James Gleick
- The Jesus I Never Knew by Philip Yancey
- The Land: Founding by Aleron Kong
- The Laws Of Simplicity by John Maeda
- The Life And Times of a Remarkable Misfit by A. J. Leon
- The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton
- The Measure Of My Days by Florida Scott Maxwell
- The Name Of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
- The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
- The Pillars Of the Earth by Ken Follet
- The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
- The Power of Positive Deviance by Richard Pascale, Jerry Sternin
- The Purple Cow by Seth Godin
- The Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley
- The Science Of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles
- The Score by Richard Stark [NEW]
- The Score Takes Care Of Itself by Bill Walsh
- The Time It Never Rained by Elmer Kelton
- The Toaster Project by Thomas Thwaites
- The Trumpet Of The Swan by E. B. White
- The War of Art by Stephen Pressfield
- The Way Of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
- The Year Of Less by Cait Flanders
- Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
- This Is Water by David Foster Wallace
- Tribe Of Mentors by Tim Ferriss
- Trust Me, I’m Lying by Ryan Holiday
- Unbroken by Lauren Hillenbrand
- What if? by Randall Munroe
- What Matters Now by Seth Godin
- What To Do When It’s Your Turn by Seth Godin
- You Are Not A Gadget: A Manifesto by Jaron Lanier
Whew! That’s a long list!
If you’d like to know how far I’ve gotten and get my opinions on the books I’ve read in 2018, check out my reading list.