What I Read in 2023
What follows is a rough stack ranking of the books I read in 2023. There is likely some recency bias. I also moved books that I reread this year into their own section. It wouldn’t be right to put a normal book against these heavy weights. Please tell me what
What I read in 2022
Here are the 52 books I listened to on audible in 2022 in rough order of most to least preferred.
What I Read in 2021
This year featured a lot more fiction than past years, but that’s just where we are at a year into the Biden Administration, a never ending pandemic, and looming climate apocalypse. My favorite book this year was the Wisdom of Crowds, a cynical grim-dark fantasy by author Joe Abercrombie.
What I Read in 2020
TLDR: Caro is king. Read all of his books. This year I decided to keep track of my books in overall best to worst order. As I finished a book, I tried to slot it in to this post relative to the books that came before it. It’s not
What I Read in 2019
I’ve highlighted a few books in list form at the top of this post that represent the absolute best of the year from my list. Let me know what you think! Best Fiction: Best Served Cold Best Non-fiction: Educated: A Memoir 9 Books I read in 2019 that I
What I Read in 2018
I listened to 40 audiobooks this year. That’s almost a 30% increase from last year and a 90% increase from 2016’s book count total. Before I share the full list, I want to highlight my favorite book of the year as well as 10 books from my reading
What I Read In 2017
What we read is in many ways what we think, which is why I am excited to share a list of the books I read in 2017. While my reading spanned what I characterize as fourteen different genres, the vast majority of what I read was written by white men,
What I read in 2016
1. The Moon is Down, John Steinbeck - Pretty good Steinbeckian offering about fictional Norwegian town occupied during WWII by Nazis. This is the first non-American setting for a Steinbeck book I’ve read. It has some of the same colloquial feel showing that people are people no matter the

If I had a physical office, I would adorn its shelves with the books that I continue to think about in some way.

They are, completely unordered, as follows:

When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi

American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for The Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road, Nick Bilton

The Selfish Gene, Richard Dawkins

Dune, Frank Herbert

Seveneves, Neal Stephenson

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League, Jeff Hobbs

Rework, Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson

The End of Faith: Religion, Terror and the Future of Reason, Sam Harris

How to Change Your Mind, Michael Pollan

Born a Crime, Trevor Noah

Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident and the Illusion of Safety, Eric Schlosser

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress, Steve Pinker

Rise and Kill First, Ronen Bergman

The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure, Greg Lukianoff, Jonathan Haidt

It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work, Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson

Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More, Janet Mock

Free-Range Kids: Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had Without Going Nuts with Worry, Lenore Skenazy

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion, Jonathan Haidt

The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything... Fast, Josh Kaufman

The Blade Itself, Joe Abercrombie

Before They Are Hanged, Joe Abercrombie

Last Argument of Kings, Joe Abercrombie

Best Served Cold, Joe Abercrombie

The Heroes, Joe Abercrombie

Red Country, Joe Abercrombie

Sharp Ends, Joe Abercrombie

A Little Hatred, Joe Abercrombie

The Trouble with Peace, Joe Abercrombie

The Wisdom of Crowds, Joe Abercrombie

Educated: A Memoir, Tara Westover

Bad Blood, John Carreyrou

How to Talk So Kids will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk, Elaine Mazlish, Adele Faber

Bullshit Jobs, David Graeber

Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber, Mike Isaac

Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation, Andrew Marantz

26 Marathons: What I Learned about Faith, Identity, Running, and Life from My Marathon Career, Meb Keflezighi, Scott Douglas

The Year of Living Danishly: My Twelve Months Unearthing the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country, Helen Russell

The Path to Power, Robert A. Caro

Means of Ascent, Robert A. Caro

Master of the Senate, Robert A. Caro

The Passage of Power, Robert A. Caro

A Promised Land, Barack Obama

Becoming, Michelle Obama

Know My Name, Chanel Miller

Running the Dream: One Summer Living, Training, and Racing with a Team of World-Class Runners Half My Age, Matt Fitzgerald

Life is a Marathon: A Memoir of Love and Endurance, Matt Fitzgerald

The Meritocracy Trap: How America's Foundational Myth Feeds Inequality, Dismantles the Middle Class, and Devours the Elite, Daniel Markovits

Digital Minimalism, Cal Newport

The Radical King, Cornel West

Midnight in Chernobyl, Adam Higginbotham

Why Buddhism is True, Robert Wright

Capital and Ideology, Thomas Piketty

Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Piketty

Reamde, Neal Stephenson

Termination Shock, Neal Stephenson

My Year Abroad, Chang-rae Lee

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, Claire North

Project Hail Mary, Andy Weir

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, Isabel Wilkerson

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of American's Great Migration, Isabel Wilkerson

Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty, Patrick Radden Keefe

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China, Jung Chang

Recursion, Blake Crouch

Reign of Terror: How the 9/11 Era Destabilized America and Produced Trump, Spencer Ackerman

The Way of the Runner: A Journey into the Fabled World of Japanese Running, Adharanand Finn

Stay Awhile and Listen: How Two Blizzards Unleashed Diablo and Forged a Video-Game Empire, David L. Craddock

Stay Awhile and Listen: Book II - Heaven, Hell, and Secret Cow Levels, David L. Craddock

80/20 Running: Run Stronger and Race Faster by Training Slower, Matt Fitzgerald

The Dream Machine: J. C. R. Licklider and the Revolution that Made Computing Personal, M. Mitchell Waldrop

The Way of Kings, Brandon Sanderson

Words of Radiance, Brandon Sanderson

Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin

Clash of Kings, George R. R. Martin

Storm of Swords, George R. R. Martin

Feast for Crows, George R. R. Martin

Dance with Dragons, George R. R. Martin

The Fellowship of the Ring, J. R. R. Tolkien

The Two Towers, J. R. R. Tolkien

The Return of the King, J. R. R. Tolkien

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and An American Family in Hitler's Berlin, Erik Larson

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany, William Shirer

The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume I, Fort Sumter to Perryville, Shelby Foote

The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume II, Fredericksburg to Meridian, Shelby Foote

The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume III, Red River to Appomattox, Shelby Foote

The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, Steven Pinker

The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York, Robert Caro

Average is Over: Powering America Beyond the Age of the Great Stagnation, Tyler Cowen

In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto, Michael Pollan

Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt, Michael Lewis

Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, Michael Pollan

The Martian, Andy Weir

No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State, Glenn Greenwald

KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps, Nikolaus Wachsmann

East of Eden, John Steinbeck

Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion, Sam Harris

The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story, Michael Lewis

Eat & Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness, Scott Jurek

Ready Player One, Earnest Cline

Hunting Eichmann: How a Band of Survivors and a Young Spy Agency Chased Down the World's Most Notorious Nazi, Neal Bascomb

The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss

The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck

Red Seas Under Red Skies, Scott Lynch

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen, Christopher McDougall

The Blind Side, Michael Lewis

The Lies of Locke Lamora, Scott Lynch

Dreams from My Father, Barack Obama

The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World, Jack Weatherford

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, Doris Kearns Goodwin

Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Frank Miller

The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Malcolm X, Alex Haley

Old Man's War, John Scalzi

1984, George Orwell

The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, Michael Lewis

Starship Troopers, Robert Heinlein

Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, Anthony Bourdain

Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card

Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong, James W. Loewen

Advanced Marathoning, Peter Pfitzinger

A People's History of the United States, Howard Zinn

Snowcrash, His Lordship Neal Stephenson

Fierce Intimacy, Terry Real

The Splendid and the Vile, Erick Larson

The Silmarillion, J.R.R Tolkein