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2019 Reading List

Reading Time: 3 minutes

In 2019, I set a goal to read 3 books a month. I like to beat goals and so I read 42. This is the most that I can remember ever reading.

Below is the list, most of them were great. Typically these lists link to amazon as a place for purchase. Last year I switched to the public library. So no links are provided, but copy and paste into your local library search bar to quickly see what is available.

The more I read, the more I discover many people read much more than I do (even now that I am reading the most I ever have). Ever a generalist, this is another example of a time when, as I go deeper, I learn that compared to so many I have hardly scratched the surface.

Luckily, reading is not a competition.

Books vary so much in depth, complexity and length that counting the numbers doesn’t really mean anything. I still haven’t finished Seneca (1 book) and likely won’t this year, even as I pick away at it. But it is fun to set goals for myself (or nothing) so this year I hope to read the same or more.


  1. “In Defence of Food” by Michael Pollen
  2. “The Enlightenment of an Idealist” by Samantha Power
  3. “The World As It Is” by Ben Rhodes
  4. “Astroball” by Ben Reiter
  5. “Shoe Dog” by Phil Knight
  6. “A Brief History of Time” by Stephen Hawkin
  7. “The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie” by Alan Bradley
  8. “Factfulness” by Hans Rosling
  9. “The Power Of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact” by the Heath brothers
  10. “Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande
  11. “Where’d You Go Burnadette?” by Maria Semole
  12. “The Mists of Avalon” by Marion Zimmer Bradley (re-read)
  13. All the Harry Potter (re-read)
  14. Tarran the Wanderer Series by Lloyd Alexander (re-read)
  15. “Three Body Problem” by Liu Cixin
  16. “Coders” by Clive Thompson

Complete List

Non fiction

  • A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawkin
  • In Defence of Food by Michael Pollen 
  • Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy by David Sheff
  • Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
  • Astroball by Ben Reiter
  • The Lean Start Up by Eric Ries
  • Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott
  • The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal by David E Hofman
  • Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
  • Just the Funny Parts by Nell Scovell
  • The world as it is by Ben Rhodes
  • Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein
  • Factfulness by Hans Rosling
  • The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact by Dan and Chip Heath
  • Change by Design by Tim Brown
  • The Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki
  • Coders by Clive Thompson
  • The History of the World in Seven Cheap Things by Raj Patel and Jason W Moore
  • The Enlightenment Of An Idealist by Samantha Power


  • Dear Mrs.Bird by AJ Pearce
  • The Third Twin by Ken Folliott
  • Three Years With the Rat by Jay Hosking
  • Warlight by Michael Ondaatje 
  • Bonfire of the vanities by Tom Wolfe
  • Where you go burnadette? by Maria Semole
  • Above All Things by Tanis Rideout
  • The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley (re-read)
  • Men without Women by Haruki Murakami
  • Three body problem by Cixin Liu
  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K Rowling
  • Taran Wanderer by Lloyd Alexander
  • High King by Lloyd Alexander
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber Of Secrets by J.K Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K Rowling
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
  • Harry Potter and the Half blood Prince by J.K Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K Rowling
  • American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson
  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley /nov
  • Lucinda’s Secret (The Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 3)
    by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi
  • The Ironwood Tree (The Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 4)
    by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi
  • The Wrath of Mulgarath (The Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 5)
    by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi

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