I have a bad habit of starting books and never finishing them. Usually this happens because something more pressing comes up that makes me put the book down. As a graduate student, this can happen a lot: a fellowship application to complete, an exam to study for, some last minute data crunching… and then I have a hard time picking up a book weeks later to continue reading.
So, last year (2017) I started keeping track of what books I read and when as a way to hold myself accountable for finishing books. I read 23 books last year, a mix of nonfiction and fiction.
Not bad, but I want to do better, so this year (2018) I’m hoping to read (finish) more books and document them here.
Feel free to share your thoughts on books you’ve read or make book suggestions!
|Book Title||Author||Date Started||Date Finished|
|1||The Stranger||Albert Camus||2 Jan 2018||4 Jan 2018|
|2||Homo Deus||Yuval Noah Harari||27 Dec 2017||8 Jan 2018|
|3||The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck||Mark Manson||9 Jan 2018||10 Jan 2018|
|4||Feminism is for Everybody||bell hooks||10 Jan 2018||11 Jan 2018|
Take Back the Economy
|J.K. Gibson-Graham, Jenny Cameron, and Stephen Healy
|16 Jan 2018||19 Jan 2018|
|6||A History of Global Health||Randall M. Packard||22 Jan 2018||6 Feb 2018|
|7||Economical Writing||Deidre N. McCloskey||11 Feb 2018||11 Feb 2018|
|8||Predictably Irrational||Dan Ariely||11 Feb 2018||20 Feb 2018|
|9||Statistics Done Wrong||Alex Reinhart||22 Feb 2018||27 Feb 2018|
|10||This is How You Lose Her||Junot Diaz||11 March 2018||12 March 2018|
|11||The Power of Now||Eckhart Tolle||13 March 2018||20 March 2018|
|12||Feynman’s Rainbow||Leonard Mlodinow||9 April 2018||11 April 2018|
|13||The Confidence Gap (audiobook)||Russ Harris||23 April 2018||26 May 2018|
|14||How Far to Nudge?||Peter John||16 May 2018||23 May 2018|
|15||Feminist Theory: from margin to center||bell hooks||29 May 2018||14 June 2018|
|16||The Leavers||Lisa Ko||15 June 2018||19 June 2018|
|17||No One Belongs Here More Than You||Miranda July||25 July 2018||28 July 2018|
|18||Measure What Matters||John Doerr||28 July 2018||31 July 2018|
|19||Factfulness||Hans Rosling & Anna Rosling Rönnlund||31 July 2018||4 August 2018|
|20||The Signal and the Noise||Nate Silver||14 August 2018||Not finished|
|21||Citizen Illegal||Jose Olivarez||20 November 2018||29 November 2018|
|22||Educated||Tara Westover||29 December 2018||31 December 2018|
Some comments on this list above (31 December 2018):
My top 5 books for this year (in the order I read them) were:
- The Power of Now (Eckhart Tolle)
- Feynman’s Rainbow (Leonard Mlodinow)
- Measure What Matters (John Doerr)
- Factfulness (Hans Rosling & Anna Rosling Rönnlund)
- Educated (Tara Westover)
I wrote short reflections on some of the books I read this year (I didn’t do this for every book mostly because of time). Unsurprisingly, I noticed that doing this greatly improved my critical engagement with the books while I was reading them, so my additional goal for 2019 is to write a reflection on every book I read.
I didn’t read as much as I had hoped this year, but I’ve already started a 2019 reading list and I’m feeling optimistic!