2019 Reads

I set an intention to read 25 books in 2019, or roughly one book every two weeks. I have had this goal in the past but never stuck to it. Not this year!

I learned two things about myself:

First, I love listening to audiobooks. I borrow audiobooks from my library through the Libby app. (Seriously – if you’re paying for books, whether e-books or an Audible subscription, please check out Libby). Consuming books while driving and making breakfast has greatly improved my reading pace.

Second, I find inspiration in a lot of interesting places - personal recommendations, TED talks, podcasts, references in other books. By jotting a quick note about the title, author, and where I heard about it, I always have a good sized pool of books from which to draw one that fits my current mood.

2019 Completed Reads

Links lead to original post which usually includes a mini review and link to related podcasts or TED Talks
  1. In Praise of Slowness by Carl Honoré
  2. The Wizard and the Prophet by Charles C. Mann ❤️
  3. Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward ❤️
  4. Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials by Malcolm Harris
  5. A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R.R. Martin
  6. Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History by Dan Flores ❤️
  7. The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
  8. Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World–and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling ❤️
  9. 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story by Dan Harris
  10. The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu ❤️
  11. Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport ❤️
  12. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (🏆1954)
  13. How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell
  14. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  15. Storm Front by Jim Butcher
  16. The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative by Florence Williams ❤️
  17. Fool Moon by Jim Butcher
  18. Fire & Blood by George R.R. Martin
  19. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
  20. How to Break Up With Your Phone by Catherine Price
  21. A People’s Future of the United States by Victor LaValle
  22. Grave Peril by Jim Butcher
  23. Off the Clock by Laura Vanderkam ❤️
  24. The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King
  25. American Gods by Neil Gaimon (🏆 2002)
  26. Work Optional by Tanja Hester
  27. Becoming by Michelle Obama
  28. The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff ❤️
  29. Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O’Neil
  30. Sunmmer Knight by Jim Butcher
  31. The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. Le Guin
  32. Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac
  33. Rocannon’s World by Ursula K. Le Guin
  34. City of Girls: A Novel by Elizabeth Gilbert ❤️
  35. Death Masks bi Jim Butcher
  36. The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman

❤️ = favorites 🏆 = Hugo winner

On My To-Read List:

I am chipping away at Hugo Award Winners. Currently, I have completed 11/73 (including Retro Hugos)