Reading List

I’m working my way through this list of books I want to read in 2018.

Books I read in 2018

Conspiracy by Ryan Holiday

A fascinating true-life conspiracy, as told by those who experienced it. I’ve now read several of Ryan’s books, and his writing style still holds my attention.

The Book With No Pictures by B. J. Novak

Bought this to read to my nieces and nephews, and also because I figured anything B. J. Novak did must be worthwhile.

Trust Me, I’m Lying by Ryan Holiday

An insider’s look into our modern world of news and sensationalism. I would consider this a crucial read for those seeking to understand or reason with the modern media machine.

Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon

A follow-up to his other book, Steal Like an Artist. I enjoyed both. Thoughtful, provocative, brief.

Angel Catbird by Margaret Atwood, Johnny Christmas, Tamra Bonvillian

As a part of my reading goal for this year, I promised myself I’d try some graphic novels. This one was… well, odd. I don’t have a whole lot more to say about it.

Night by Elie Wiesel

Some moments in history need to be burned into our minds so as to keep their lessons fresh. I’ve read Corrie Ten Boom’s book on her Holocaust experience, and in comparing the two I think Night is more human. Also, I placed Mein Kampf on my to-read list for this year, so this provides some anchoring perspective for when I tackle that one.

The Dipby Seth Godin

A smart, pointed book about quitting and how to do it right. This was a re-read, and I’ll be re-visiting it again before too long. Read my thoughts on this book >>

A Burglar’s Guide to the Cityby Geoff Manaugh

A thoughtful exploration of architecture, crime, psychology, and how these three things interact. I enjoyed this book, and it opened up some new avenues of thinking – similar to how a burglar creates an entrance where one previously did not exist. Read the book review >>

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

I started off skeptical; the first few chapters felt like a lot of world-building. Towards the middle I gained interest, and at the end I thought it was all right. That fact that most of the story takes place in a virtual world kills a lot of the tension in my opinion. I think the movie will do well, and I’ll probably watch it.

Ignorance, Thy Name Is Bucky by Darby Conley

There are few comics that I enjoy. Get Fuzzy is one of the few.

Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday

I don’t write in books. If I come across something really thought-provoking, I’ll grab a sticky note, write a three-word summary to jog my memory, and let it hang out of the book for future reference. This book has sticky notes like “be someone, or do something?”, “poisoned by passion”, and “fac, si facis”. As someone who has followed ego to ruin, this book struck a chord.

Once Upon A More Enlightened Time by James Finn Garner

A collection of politically correct fairy tales. It was… okay. Heavy on sarcasm and light on originality. Probably funnier to a dedicated Republican voter.

The Great Questions of Tomorrow by David Rothkopf

Based on a TED talkRSA conference talk, the book felt like a book written from a TED talk. Rothkopf touches on some important subjects, but doesn’t really uncover any answers or even significantly new questions. Possibly a good read for someone who feels out-of-touch with the great questions of tomorrow, but nothing new if you’ve followed the news in the past 10 years.

The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking

This one was different than I expected. I was new to the concept of hygge, which sounded similar to elements of my Scandanavian heritage. On the other hand, the book didn’t really hold my interest beyond the first few brief chapters.

Beyond Art Fundamentals by various artists

A compilation of artist walkthroughs showing how they develop their work for specific emotions and moods. Interesting if you’re into drawing or painting.

Goodnight iPad by Anne Droid

This was the first book I read in 2018 (hey, you’ve gotta start somewhere). It’s a little parody of the classic children’s book Goodnight Moon. I don’t remember Goodnight Moon. This book was slightly less memorable.

Books I read before 2018

The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

Loved the concept that this first book introduced, although the story itself wasn’t very engaging. I’ve been told the series gets better with subsequent books, so I’ll tackle them shortly.

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

This book is a historical landmark, but these days I’m starting to wonder if it could be replaced. Several others have pointed out that at times Carnegie’s approach borders on selfish and manipulative. I’d love to find a solid replacement, as the topic is definitely timeless.

Making Money by Terry Pratchett

Pratchett is a master of satire and wit, and this book is one of my favorites from him. The cryptocurrency frenzy makes me want to revisit this book.

The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

Tim’s first “4-Hour” book introduced me to several influential concepts surrounding business, especially automation, delegation, and the value of time. Some valuable content, a lot of hype.

Redwall Series by Brian Jacques

As a pre-teen with nowhere to go and nothing to do, Redwall was my introduction to the fantasy genre. I read the entire series, and re-read several of my favorite books. Great for young readers.