Books I read in 2017

First off, let’s discuss why this list exists. It exists because in late 2016 I started keeping a detailed list of books that I wanted to read. This was one of the smartest things I have done in my life,because it greatly reduced the friction of picking up a book. I’ve always loved to read but would often finish a book and then not start another for weeks. This list enabled me to just keep reading without having to take a break to figure out a new book. It also greatly improved the quality of my reading, I was able to stockpile the best books when I found them and not have to worry about remebering the title months later. Now here is the list.

  • Lords of Finance
  • What Does It All Mean? by Thomas Nagel
  • Justice by Michael Sandel
  • The Life You Can Save by Peter Singer
  • Outliers: The Story of Success
  • When to Rob a Bank: …And 131 More Warped Suggestions and Well-Intended Rants
  • The Devil in the White City
  • Poorly Made in China
  • The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right (3/18/17)
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach (3/25/17)
  • The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads
  • Site Reliability Engineering by Google
  • Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach
  • A History of the World in 6 Glasses
  • The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation
  • The Victorian Internet by Tom Standage
  • The Dictator’s Handbook (7/4/17)
  • Ethics in the Real World by Peter Singer (7/7/14)
  • At the Existentialist Café by Sarah Bakewell (8/5/17)
  • Ego is enemy by Ryan Holiday (8/5/17)
  • Genius At Play: The Curious Mind of John Horton Conway
  • COD: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World
  • Days of Rage
  • The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
  • The Complacent Class
  • The Phoenix Project
  • Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right
  • What’s the Matter with Kansas?: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America
  • Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the Amer ican City
  • $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America
  • Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers
  • Narconomics by Tom Wainwright
  • Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance
  • Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction
  • The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires

It totals up to 36 books read in 2017. This is disappointing because my goal for 2017 was a book a week. My goal for 2018 hasn’t changed and I’ve already knocked 2 books out of the way. My favorite title in this list is Lords of Finance which is a fascinating take on central banking. A close second was The Idea Factory which is a great history of Bell Labs. I think the one that I was most disappointed by was Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance which was almost unreadable. I think there are some valuable lessons in that book but at points it was a real slog to get though it.

Here is to a 2018 full of reading.