Reading List Archive

2018 (0:0-0/0-0)

Autumn - Karl Ove Knausgård
The Way of the Runner - Adharanand Finn

The Black Swan - Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison
What is all but Luminous: Notes from an Underground Man - Art Garfunkel
The Seven Essentials of Woodworking - Anthony Guidice

Winter - Karl Ove Knausgård
Running with Kenyans - Adharanand Finn

Runaway Species - Anthony Brandt & David Eagleman
Better Living Through Criticism - A.O. Scott
Engines of Innovation: The Entrepreneurial University in the 21st Century - Holden Thorp & Buck Goldstein

Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee - Dee Brown
As I Lay Dying - William Faulkner
Principles - Ray Dalio

2017 (40:1-7/1-7)

The River of Consciousness - Oliver Sacks
The Motley Fool Investment Guide - Tom and David Gardner
Reinventing Ikea - Isabelle Bruno
Woodworking Simplified - David Stiles
Woodwork: a step-by-step photographic guide - DK Publishing

Every Word is a Bird We Teach to Sing - Daniel Tammet
Culinary Intelligence - Peter Kaminsky
Build it Yourself: Weekend Projects for the Garden - Frank Perrone

Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue - John McWhorter
DNA is Not Destiny - Steven J. Heine

Crossing the Chasm - Geoffrey Moore
The Cooking Gene - Michael W. Twitty

Night - Elie Wiesel
Black Edge - Sheelah Kolhatkar
How The Mighty Fall - Jim Collins
Essential Library of Jazz - Ben Ratliff

How to Write About Contemporary Art - Gilda Williams
Taking Back, Talking Black - John McWhorter
The Small Big - Steve J. Martin
Brief: John McCormack
How to Get your Point Across in 30 Seconds or Less - Frank Milo
TED Talks - Chris Anderson
The Age of the Horse - Susanna Forrest
Six Thinking Hats - Edward DeBono

When Breath Becomes Air - Paul Kalanithi
Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking - Daniel Dennett
Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates
Spark - Angie Morgan, Courtney Lynch and Sean Lynch

Young Geniuses and Old Masters - David Galenson
From Bacteria to Bach - Daniel Dennett
Mauve - Simon Garfield
The Brilliant History of Color in Art - Victoria Finlay

A Field Guide to Lies - Daniel J Levitin

My Marathon: Reflections on a Gold Medal Life - Frank Shorter
Liar's Poker - Michael Lewis
Spark Joy - Marie Kondo

The Sellout - Paul Beatty
Design Your Life - Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up - Marie Kondo

Beethoven For A Later Age: Living with the String Quartets - Edward Dusinberre

2016 (36:4-32/3-33)

Loving - Henry Green
How to Listen to Jazz - Ted Gioia
The Science of Good Cooking - Cook's Illustrated (ed)

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics - Carlo Rovelli
I Contain Multitudes - Ed Wong

October (2:0-2/0-2)
Deep Work - Cal Newport
So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skill Trumps Passion - Cal Newport


Every Song Ever - Brian Ratliff
Hansons Marathon Method - Luke Humphrey with Keith and Kevin Hanson
The Art of the Start - Guy Kawasaki

How to Be Alone - Jonathan Franzen
Farther Away - Jonathan Franzen
Keeping an Eye Open - Julian Barnes
Gene: An Intimate History - Siddhartha Mukherjee
Hindus: an alternative history - Wendy Doniger
Selected Poems - Robert Bringhurst

Hotel Du Lac - Anita Brookner
Sapiens - Yuval Noah Hariri
The Nearest Thing to Life - James Wood
Success and Luck - Robert H. Frank

Just My Type - Simon Garfield
The Elements of Typographic Style - Robert Bringhurst
Talk Like TED - Carmine Gallo
Odysseus Abroad - Amit Chaudhari

Fields of Blood: the history religion and violence - Karen Armstrong

Once In a Great City: a Detroit Story - David Maraniss
The Poetry of Yehuda Amichai - Yehuda Amichai /Robert Alter (ed)

Misbehaving: the Making of Modern Behavioral Economics - Richard Thaler
The Story of English in 100 Words - David Crystal
The Skeptic's Guide to American History - Mark Stoler
Super-forecasting: the art and science of Prediction - Philip Tetlock

The Startup Owner's Manual - Steve Blank
The Innovator's Cookbook  - Steven Johnson
Business Model Generation - Alex Osterwalder and others
The Little Book of Common Sense Investing - John C. Bogle
The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 - Christopher Clark

2015 (38:9-29/7-31)

The $100 Startup - Chris Guillebeau
The Happiness of Pursuit - Chris Guillebeau
Wiser - Cass Sunstein and Reid Hastie
Rework - Jason Fried and David Hansson
Start - Jonathon Acuff
Ready, Fire, Aim - Michael Masterson
Startups That Work - Joel Kurtzmann
Good Leaders Ask Great Questions - John C. Maxwell

Boss Life: Surviving My Own Small Business - Paul Downs
100 Things Every Homeowner Should Know - Wentz, Bernick and Carlsen
Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual - Family Handyman and Reader's Digest (ed)
Evolving Ourselves - Juan Enriquez and Steve Gullans

101 Ideas for Color and Paint - Emma Callery
Home Improvement 101 - Black and Decker (ed)
How Your House Works - Charlie Wing

The Emperor of all Maladies - Siddhartha Mukherjee

June, July (0)

There Be No Dragons - Reese Palley
Why Homer Matters - Adam Nicholson
Macbeth - William Shakespeare (ed: Bates/Rasmussen,RSC)
The Organized Mind - Daniel Levitin
Shakespeare: The Invention of The Human - Harold Bloom

April (6:1-5/0-6)
The Narrow Road To The Deep North - Richard Flanagan
The Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China - Evan Osnos
Diet Cults - Matt Fitzgerald
The Sense of Style - Steven Pinker
The Language of Food - Dan Jurafsky
Thinking, Fast and Slow - Daniel Kahnemann

March (4:0-4/0-4)
Words To Eat By - Ina Lipkowitz
Performance Nutrition for Runners - Matt Fitzgerald
The Triathlete's Training Bible - Joe Friel
The Fourth Revolution: The Global Race To Reinvent the State: John Mickletwaith and Adrian Wooldridge

February (3:2-1/3-0)
Hamlet, King Lear - William Shakespeare (ed: Bate/Rasmussen, RSC)
A Theatergoer's Guide to Shakespeare - Robert Thomas Fallon

January (4:3-1/3-1)
Othello, Richard III - William Shakespeare (ed: Bate/Rasmussen, RSC)
The Good Soldier - Ford Madox Ford
80/20 Running - Matt Fitzgerald

2014 (24:18-6/14:10)

December (5:2-3/3-2)
The Brother's Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoevsky (trans: Pevear/Volokhonsky)
Political Order and Political Decay - Francis Fukuyama
The Origins of Political Order - Francis Fukuyama
Mrs. Dalloway - Virginia Woolf
The Communist Manifesto - Marx and Engels (intro: J. Issacs)

November (2:1-1/1-1)
The General of the Dead Army - Ismail Kadare
Drunk Tank Pink - Adam Alter

October (1:1-0/1-0)
Humbolt's Gift - Saul Bellow

September (1:1-0/1-0)
Sons and Lovers - D. H. Lawrence

August (1:1-0/1-0)
Moby Dick - Herman Melville

July (2:2-0/2-0)
Go Tell It On a Mountain - James Baldwin
The Portrait of A Lady - Henry James

June (2:2-0/1-1)
In Search of Lost Time, Vol. IV: Sodom and Gomorrah - Marcel Proust; John Sturrock (trans)
*Persepolis 2 - Marjane Satrapi

May (2:1-1/1-1)
The Hard Thing About Hard Things - Ben Horowitz
In Search of Lost Time, Vol. III: Guermantes' Way - Marcel Proust; Mark Treharne (trans)

April (1:1-0/1-0)
*Der kleine Prinz - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

March (1:1-0/1-0)
Jazz - Toni Morrison

February (2:2-0/0-2)
*Persepolis 1 - Marjane Satrapi
*Kafka für Afrikaner - Judith Vanistendael

January (4:3-1/1-3)
In Search of Lost Time, Vol. II: In The Shadow of Young Girls in Flower - Marcel Proust; James Grieve (trans)
Priceless - William Poundstone
The Brooklyn Follies - Paul Auster
Vernon God Little - DBC Pierre

2013 (56:36-20/38:18)

Blog post on the reading list for 2013

December (3:3-0/3-0)
In Search of Lost Time, Vol. I: The Way By Swann's - Marcel Proust; Lydia Davis (trans)
My Antonia - Willa Cather
Beloved - Toni Morrison

November (4:3-1/3-1)
The Crying of Lot 49  - Thomas Pynchon
The Life and Times of Michael K - J.M. Coetzee
The True History of the Kelly Gang - Peter Carey
A Room of One's Own - Virginia Woolf

October (1:1-0/0-1)
The Sense Of An Ending - Julian Barnes

September (0)
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August (3:1-2/2-1)
Disgrace - J.M. Coetzee
Fundamentals of Music Acoustics - Arthur Benade
The Magnum Contact Sheets - Kristen Lubben (ed)

July (5:5-0/5-0)
To The Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf
Light in August - William Faulkner
Ficciones - Jorge Luis Borges
The Great Gatbsy - F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Ice Palace - Tarjei Vesaas

June (2:2-0/2-0)
Jane Eyre / Charlotte Bronte
Benito Cereno and Bartelby the Scrivener / Herman Melville

May (4:3-1/3-1)
The Genius of Dogs / Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods
Anna Karenina / Leo Tolstoy
Manon Lescaut / Abbe Prevost
Flatland / Edwin Abbot

April (11:4-7/6-5)
The No Asshole Rule / Robert Sutton
The Great Inversion / Alan Ehrenhalt
The Fun Stuff and Other Essays / James Wood
Lectures On Literature / Vladimir Nabokov
Selected Short Stories / Franz Kafka
The Castle / Franz Kafka
One Hundred Essential Things You Didn't Know You Didn't Know / John D. Barrow
The Theban Plays / Sophocles
The Classical Style / Charles Rosen
The Physics of Wall Street / James Owen Weatherall
The Rainbow / D.H. Lawrence

March (5:4-1/4:1)
How The World Works / Nicholson Baker
Madame Bovary / Gustave Flaubert
The Periodic Table / Primo Levi
The Trial / Franz Kafka
The Iliad / Homer; Richard Lattimore (trans)

February (9:5-4/4-5)
Purgatorio / Dante; John Ciardi (trans)
This Is How You Lose Her / Junot Diaz
On Food and Cooking / Harold McGee
Between The Covers Under the Sheets - Joyce and Janssen
Twitterature - Aciman and Rensin
Flaubert's Parrot / Julian Barnes
The Story of America / Jill Lepore
On Writing / Stephen King
The Odyssey / Homer; Richard Lattimore (trans)

January (9:5-4/5-4)
Drown / Junot Diaz
The Signal and the Noise / Nate Silver
Ulysses / James Joyce
Letters to a Young Novelist / Mario Vargas Llosa
Ulysses and Us / Declan Kiberd
What Einstein Told His Cook 2: Robert L. Wolke
Beowulf / Seamus Heaney (trans)
The Nature of Things / Lucretius; A. E. Stallings (trans)
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler / Italo Calvino

2012 (53:15-38/10-43)

December (9)
Where Good Ideas Come From /  Steven Johnson
Authentic Happiness / Martin Seligman
Why Does the World Exist? / Jim Holt
The Price of Inequality / Joseph Stiglitz
Ratio / Michael Ruhlmann
What Einstein Told His Cook / Robert L. Wolke
How To Read / Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren
Imagine / Jonah Lehrer
The Story of Art / Ernst Gombrich

November (8)
Listen to the Trees / John Sexton
Mortality / Christopher Hitchens
Street Photography / Sophie Howarth and Steve Mclaren
Joseph Anton / Salman Rushdie
The Age of Insight / Eric Kandel
The Magic of Reality / Richard Dawkins
No Small Matter / Felice Frankel and George Whitesides
How To Read a Sentence and How To Write a Sentence / Stanley Fish

October (5)
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Religion and Politics / Jonathan Haidt
Why Nations Fail / Acemoglu and Robinson
Narcopolis / Jeet Thayil
The Hedgehog and The Fox / Isaiah Berlin
Flow / Mihalyi Csikszentmihaly

September (5)
The Upside of Irrationality / Dan Ariely
The Inferno / Dante Alighieri; John Ciardi (trans)
And Baby Makes Three / John and Julie Gottmann
Witness in Our Time / Ken Light
Everything is Obvious: Once you Know the Answer / Duncan J. Watts

August (6)
Essential Tagore / Fakrul Alam and Radha Chakravarty(ed)
The Complete Poems / Philip Larkin; Archie Burnett (ed)
Influence / Robert Cialdini
Predictably Irrational / Dan Ariely
Instant Influence / Michael Pantalon
The Science of Influence / Kevin Hogan

July (6)
Half-Finished Heaven / Tomas Transtromer
Notebooks 1935-42 and 1952-1959 / Albert Camus
How Proust Can Change Your Life / Alain de Botton
The Lean Startup / Eric Ries
The Happiness Hypothesis / Jonathan Haidt
The Behavior Gap / Carl Richards

June (2)
How We Decide / Jonah Lehrer
The Song of Achilles / Madeleine Miller

May (0)
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April (3)
India Becoming : a portrait of life in modern India  / Kapur, Akash
The Leopard / Tomasi di Lampedusa, Giuseppe
Poor Economics : a radical rethinking of the way to fight global poverty / Banerjee, Abhijit V.

March (3)
Search & destroy : why you can't trust Google Inc. / Cleland, Scott.
Selected and last poems, 1931-2004 / Czeslaw Milosz
Visualize This  / Yau, Nathan.

February (4)
Thinking, Fast and Slow / Kahneman, Daniel
The great enigma : new collected poems / Tranströmer, Tomas
A Thousand years of good prayers /  Li, Yiyun
The cat's table /  Ondaatje, Michael

January (2)
War music : an account of books 16 to 19 of Homer's Iliad / Logue, Christopher,
2011Cesar's rules : your way to train a well-behaved dog / Millan, Cesar.


Cesar's way : the natural, everyday guide to understanding and correcting common dog problems / Millan, Cesar.
Be the pack leader : use Cesar's way to transform your dog-- and your life  / Millan, Cesar.
How to raise the perfect dog : through puppyhood and beyond  / Millan, Cesar.
Is that a fish in your ear? : translation and the meaning of everything / Bellos, David. 

How to learn any language : quickly, easily, and on your own /  Farber, Barry.
The origins of political order : from prehuman times to the French Revolution / Fukuyama, Francis.
Good calories, bad calories : challenging the conventional wisdom on diet, weight control, and disease  / Taubes, Gary.

Fear of physics : a guide for the perplexed / Krauss, Lawrence Maxwell

Open city / Cole, Teju

1 comment:

Mr. Sinko St. Michael English Dept. said...

This is an outstanding list!
I am envious that you can read so much so quickly. On this, what would have been Robertson Davies's 101st birthday, I recommend to you his greatest novel, "Fifth Business". It is considered a masterpiece. I would also suggest "In the Light of What We Know" by Zia Rahman, which came out this year and has been called the greatest novel of this century so far. Enjoy! Joseph Anton Sinko