Book Shelf

What I'm reading, have read, & want to read

In an effort to pick up my reading game, I thought a list of books to keep me focused and on-track would be helpful. One of the realizations that occurred to me recently is that there are too many books, articles, essays, blog posts, and letters that I want to read and there is not enough time left in my life to read them all. Paring down the list and focusing on a consistent reading habit seems to be the best solution to not wasting my time with bad books.

In the past, I would finish a book, even if it was horrible. What a waste of precious time! Now, I give it a chapter. After that chapter, I’ll move onto another book unless reviews or recommendations state, “It’s not until the third chapter that it really picks up but the wait is SO worth it!


Currently Reading

To Read

  1. Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
  2. Web Typography: A handbook for designing beautiful and effective responsive typography by Richard Rutter
  3. These Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lepore
  4. Educated by Tara Westover
  5. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari
  6. The Headspace Guide to Meditation and Mindfulness by Andy Puddicombe
  7. Stasiland by Anna Funder (yes, I will be rereading this)
  8. Thinking in Systems: A Primer by Donella Meadows
  9. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
  10. The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life by Kevin Simler & Robin Hanson
  11. The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books by Edward Wilson-Lee


  1. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
  2. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff … and It’s All Small Stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things from Taking Over Your Life by Richard Carlson
  3. Death in Ten Minutes: Kitty Marion – Activist. Arsonist. Suffragette by Fern Riddell
  4. Work Optional: Retire Early the Non-Penny-Pinching Way by Tanja Hester
  5. The Invention of Race in the European Middle Ages by Geraldine Heng
  6. The Alice Network by Kate Quinn (fiction)
  7. Bullshit Jobs: A Theory by David Graeber


  1. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (completed January 4th, 2019)



  1. Make It Till You Make It by Brendan Leonard
  2. Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process by John McPhee
  3. We Are Never Meeting In Real Life by Samantha Irby
  4. Stasiland by Anna Funder (some thoughts)
  5. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (audiobook, fiction)
  6. One Second After by William R. Forstchen (audiobook, fiction)
  7. The Disaster Diaries: One Man’s Quest to Learn Everything Necessary to Survive the Apocalypse by Sam Sheridan
  8. Damn Fine Story: Mastering the Tools of a Powerful Narrative by Chuck Wendig
  9. Forty autumns: a family’s story of courage and survival on both sides of the Berlin Wall by Nina Willner (audiobook)
  10. Drawing Blood by Molly Crabapple
  11. The Year of Less by Cait Flanders