2019 Books

Below are the books I consumed in 2019, the vast majority of which I listened to for free via the Seattle Public Library’s Libby app. I highlighted a few of my favorites in bold.

A couple observations:

  • I intended to increase my reading of non-white-male authors. I largely failed, as 30 of the 46 books below are by white men. I will make a stronger attempt in 2020 to reverse this.
  • I was surprised how many non-fiction books were “forgettable” to me. I could not remember the thesis, an anecdote, or a single takeaway from them. I think reading fewer non-fiction books is a worthwhile goal for this next year.
Love is the Killer App by Tim Sanders
The Experience Economy by Joseph Pine and James Gilmore
The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen
Getting Things Done by David Allen
It Doesn’t Have to be Crazy at Work by Jason Fried
Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives by Tim Hartford
Loonshots by Safi Bahcall
Draft No. 4 by John McPhee
Essentialism by Greg McKeown
Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport
Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss
Own the Day, Own Your Life by Aubrey Marcus
Antifragile: Things that Gain with Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Superlife by Darin Olien
Payoff by Dan Ariely
Wired for Love by Stan Tatkin
How to Become CEO by Jeffrey J. Fox
The Antidote by Oliver Burkeman
Every Tool’s a Hammer by Adam Savage
The Third Door by Alex Banayan
Educated by Tara Westover
The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing by Al Ries & Jack Trout
The Beastie Boys Book by Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz
Salt Fat Acid Heat by Samin Nosrat
Autonomy: The Quest to Build the Driverless Cars by Lawrence Burns
No One at the Wheel by Sam Schwartz
The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates
The Algebra of Happiness by by Scott Galloway
The Ride of a Lifetime by Bob Iger
Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by JK Rowling
The Tales of Beedle the Bard by JK Rowling
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
The Shadow Over Innsmouth by HP Lovecraft
The Dunwhich Horror by HP Lovecraft
Rise of Cthulhu by HP Lovecraft
A Thousand Years of Good Prayers by Yiyun Li
Uzumaki by Junji Ito
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Women who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
What to Remember when Waking by David Whyte
Star Wars: Catalyst by James Lucerno
Star Wars: Lords of the Sith by by Paul S Kemp
Star Wars: A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller