A list of books at various stages of my pipeline: reading, read, next on the shelf.
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The Running Man, Stephen King. Yes I know, I’m very late to the party.
How to Read a Book, Charles Van Doren. I wish I’d known about this 20 years ago.
Digital Minimalism, Cal Newport.
The Paper Menagerie, Ken Liu. A collection of short stories, originally in Chinese. Not many books have made me exclaim outloud before, but this one does. Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott.
Next On The Shelf
I committed to reading more fiction this year. I have been… ambitious.
Atomic Habits, Systemantics, Contagious, Paid Attention, Agency, The Artful Edit, On Writing Well.
Atonement, The Book Thief, 11/22/63, Deliverance, The Blind Assassin, Slaughterhouse 5, The Stranger, This is Water, Absolute Friends, Lord of the Flies (again), Jamaica Inn (again…), Water for Elephants, No Country for Old Men, As I Lay Dying, Revolutionary Road, Misery, The Stand, Salem’s Lot, The Dead Zone.
In reverse order, oldest to most recent. I’ll organise these better ASAP.
- Above the Line, Michael Henderson. ⭐⭐⭐
- The Sense of Style, Steven Pinker. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
- The Virgin Way, Richard Branson. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- Australian Legends, Charles William Peck. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- Power Stoires, Valerie Khoo. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- The One Thing, Gary Keller. ⭐ (Just couldn’t get into it.)
- Gulliver’s Travels, Johnathan Swift. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (Can hardly believe this was first published in 172fucking6.)
- O Great One!, David Novak et. al. ⭐⭐ (Meh. Should have been a blog post.)
- Field Guide to Ultra Running, Hal Koerner. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (Very practical, very useful, very…practical.)
- Relentless: From Good, to Great, to Unstoppable., Tim S. Grover. ⭐ (A little too laws of attraction for me.)
- The Checklist Manifesto, Atul Gawande. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Cannot recommend highly enough.
- Uncommon Service, Frances Frei et. al. ⭐⭐⭐
- The Unpublished David Ogilvy, David Ogilvy. ⭐⭐⭐ (Interesting, but not as good as “the other one”.)
- On Advertising, David Ogilvy. Required reading for all. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
- Total Recall, Arnold Schwarzenegger. (It is outrageous that a peasant from post-war Austria became the Governor of fucking California. It loses steam towards the end, not unlike poor Arnie, but holy shit. Inspirational AF.) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
- Pride: The Secret of Success, Jessica Tracy. (Meh) ⭐
- Base Building, Paul Carter. (Fitness book. Very simple, very good no bullshit advice.) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- IT, Stephen King. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- The Daily Stoic, Ryan Holiday. (I know it’s almost internetty heresy to not like this book, but… 😴 ⭐
- A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens. (My personal favourite.) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
- 🎧 March Violets, Philip Kerr. (I really like the Bernie Gunther series. This is one of the stronger onces.) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- 1984, George Orwell. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
- 12 Rules for Life, Jordan B. Peterson. (I know I’m supposed to be all for this as an internetty aged male, and I like some of the ideas, but far out it drags on. I got to the sixth rule and mostly gave up. ⭐⭐⭐ Read my Book Notes
- Neo Conservatism: Why We Need It, Douglas Murray. (A very UK focused political book on the future of conservatism with a younger population. ⭐⭐⭐
- The Warrior Diet, Ori Hofmekler. (The only time as an adult where I had a solid 8-pack was following this diet.) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
- As a Man Thinketh, James Allen. (Not for me.) ⭐
- 🎧 On Photography, Susan Sontag. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
- 🎧 Against Interpretation, Susan Sontag. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
- Think Straight, Darius Foroux. (Nice enough ideas, but could or should have been a blog post or two.) ⭐⭐
- Growth Hacking, Raymond Fong. Another “should have been a blog post” offender. ⭐⭐
- The Razor’s Edge, W. Somerset Maugham. ⭐⭐⭐
- 🎧 Deep Work, Cal Newport. Excellent insights, if occassionally a little “ministry of the bloody obvious” at times. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett. Beautiful. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- How to Take Smart Notes, Sonke Ahrens. Another one I wish I’d known about 20 years ago. Truly life changing. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
- 🎧 So Good They Can’t Ignore You, Cal Newport. Interesting, insightful and possibly more useful than Deep Work*.* ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- 🎧 Essentialism, Greg McKeown. Perhaps because I already live this way instinctively a lot of it was plainly obvious to me, but this didn’t need to be a book. ⭐⭐
- 🎧 Talking to Strangers, Malcolm Gladwell. Holy shit. His best work. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
- 🎧 The One from the Other, Philip Kerr. My favourite of the series. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
- 🎧 A German Requiem, Philp Kerr. The weakest, I fear. ⭐⭐⭐
- 🎧 The Way of the Ice Man, Wim Hof. ⭐⭐⭐
- 🎧 The Pale Criminal, Philip Kerr. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
- 🎧 The Madness of Crowds, Douglas Murray. Required reading for all. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
- 🎧 Regarding the Pain of Others, Susan Sontag. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- 🎧 Everything You Love Will Burn, Vegas Tenold. A journalist embedded with far right nationalists in the US. Truly fascinating report on a mindset I cannot fathom. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
- 🎧 Born to Run, Christopher McDougall. Shaky bad-science aside, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- On Writing, Steven King. Required reading. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
- Being Mortal, Atul Gawande. Required reading. Possibly the most thought provoking work of non-fiction that has ever been written. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐