My lifetime goal is to read all the books. 

Haha, just kidding, of course I can’t do that. *sob*

  • Reading notes are here
  • Completed reading 2020 and 2019 below
  • The to-read list is below completed reading


2020 Reading goals: read more (in general); read more fiction; quit reading books I don’t love; remember more of what I read (to this end, I’m taking–and sharing, via newsletter–more reading notes).


  • Silver Mystic by Loren Andrews
    • The Silver Mystic quartet includes City of Husks, Family of Ruin, Champion of Sin, Isle of Before. Andrews is one of my favorite dystopian writers.
  • The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  • Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks
  • Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski
  • Factotum by Charles Bukowski
  • The Man in the High Castle by Phillip K. Dick
    • On the list
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman
    • Also on the list
  • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
    • Also on th elist
  • The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin
    • Should be on the list. The last of The Broken Earth trilogy. Read all three. Excellent.
  • The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
    • So good.
  • The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
    • I loved this book. It’s the first of a trilogy. The next two are on my list for 2021.
  • The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman
  • Anthem by Ayn Rand
  • Lincoln on the Bardo by George Saunders
    • Enjoyed this one.
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck
    • Just… uuuuuugh because of the beauty and detail and bleakness and goodness of it.
  • The Cabin at the End of the Wood by Paul Tremblay
  • The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells


  • Dare to Lead by BrenĂ© Brown
  • Essential Bukowski: Poetry by Charles Bukowski
  • Be Obsessed or Be Average by Grant Cardone
  • The Power of the Other by Henry Cloud
  • Grist for the Mill by Ram Dass
  • Stick Yourself Out There by Scott Ginsberg
  • Total Freedom by Krishnamurti



The Diamond Age is one of my all-time favorite books, but N.K. Jemisin’s trilogy is amazing. The Bone Clocks is also excellent.

  • The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • The Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe
  • East Wind, West Wind by Pearl S. Buck
  • The Fifth Season and The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin
  • The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish
  • The Small Rain by Madeleine L’Engle
  • Bird Box by Josh Malerman
  • The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
  • The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson


If I were going to recommend one book from this list, it would be James Carse’s Finite and Infinite Games.

Andersen, U.S.The Magic in Your Mind
Newport, CalDeep Work
brown, adrienne mareeEmergent Strategy
Clear, JamesAtomic Habits
Dweck, Carol. S.Mindset
Ferris, TimThe 4-Hour Body
Ferrini, PaulLove Without Conditions | Notes
Finkel, DavidBuild a Business, Not a Job
Foroux, DariusThink Straight
Gall, JohnSystemantics: The Systems Bible | Notes
Gray, KyleThe Story Engine
Greene, Robert*Mastery | Notes
Hardy, Benjamin P.Slipstream Time Hacking |Notes
McKeown, GregEssentialism
Norris, DanThe 7-Day Startup
Pearce, Joseph ChiltonThe Crack in the Cosmic Egg | Notes
Waitzkin, JoshThe Art of Learning
Willink, JockoDiscipline Equals Freedom
Cameron, JuliaThe Artist’s Way
Campbell, JosephMyths to Live By | Notes
Carse, JamesFinite and Infinite Games | Notes
Ferris, TimTools of Titans | Notes
Ferris, TimThe 4-Hour Workweek | Notes
Ferris, TimTribe of Mentors | Notes
Greene, Robert48 Laws of Power
Hill, NapoleonTruthful Living: The First Writings of Napoleon Hill
Jerzak vel Dobosz, KonradThe Secrets of Polyglots
Moran, Brian P.The 12-Week Year
Pirsig, Robert M.Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance | Notes
Sowell, ThomasA Conflict of Visions
SunziThe Art of War
Tadd, EllenThe Infinite View
Watts, Alan W.The Wisdom of Insecurity | Notes
Yudkowsky, EliezerMap and Territory | Notes

The ever-expanding list of books I want to read


Asimov, IsaacThe Foundation Trilogy
Bradbury, RayFahrenheit 451
Burgess, AnthonyA Clockwork Orange
Busby, F.M.Rissa Kerguelen
Clarke, SusannaJonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
Dick, Phillip K.Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Eddings, DavidThe Belgariad
Erikson, StevenThe Malazan Book of the Fallen series
Gaiman, NeilThe Sandman Series
Gibson, WilliamNeuromancer
Haldeman, JohnThe Forever War
Heinlein, Robert A.The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
Heinlein, Robert A.Starship Troopers
Herbert, FrankDune: Messiah
Jemisin, N.K.The Inheritance Trilogy
King, StephenThe Stand
Le Guin, Ursula K.The Left Hand of Darkness
Matheson, RichardI Am Legend
Miller, Walter M. Jr.A Canticle for Leibowitz
Niven, LarryRingworld
Rand, AynThe Fountainhead
Sagan, CarlContact
Scalzi, JohnOld Man’s War
Shepherd, PengThe Book of M
Stephenson, NealCryptonomicon
Stephenson, NealSeveneves
Stephenson, NealSnow Crash
Thomas, AngieThe Hate U Give
Vonnegut, KurtCat’s Cradle
Vonnegut, KurtSlaughterhouse-Five


Adler, AlfredWhat Life could Mean to You
Arendt, HannahThe Life of the Mind
Bach, RichardIllusions
Campbell, JosephThe Hero with a Thousand Faces
Dalio, RayPrinciples: Life and Work
Damasio, AntonioThe Strange Order of Things
Davidson, James DaleThe Sovereign Individual
Deutsch, DavidThe Beginning of Infinity
Dyson, FreemanDisturbing the Universe
Edwards, BettyDrawing on the Right Side of the Brain
Feynman, Richard P.Six Easy Pieces
Gardner, MartinFads and Fallacies in the Name of Science
Gleick, JamesChaos: Making a New Science
Gornick, VivianThe Situation and the Story
Harari, Yuval NoahSapiens
Hartley, NinaNina Hartley’s Guide to Total Sex
Herrigel, EugenZen in the Art of Archery
Jaynes, JulianThe Origin of Consciousness
Klosterman, ChuckBut What If We’re Wrong?
Koestler, ArthurThe Act of Creation
Leonard, GeorgeMastery
Miller, John H.A Crude Look at the Whole
Murdoch, IrisExistentialists and Mystics
Musashi, MiyamotoThe Book of Five Rings
Nietzsche, FriedrichEcce Homo: How One Becomes What One Is
Palmer, AmandaThe Art of Asking
Peterson, Jordan B.12 Rules for Life
Pinker, StevenThe Better Angels of Our Nature
Pollan, MichaelHow to Change Your Mind
Powys, John CowperThe Meaning of Culture
Ridley, MattThe Rational Optimist
Smith, AdamThe Wealth of Nations
Sowell, ThomasEconomic Facts and Fallacies
Spinoza, BenedictusEthics
Stone, Hal and SidraPartnering
Taleb, Nassim NicholasAntifragile or Fooled by Randomness
Watts, Alan W.Become What You Are
West, GeoffreyScale