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My Elaborate Ranking System:
5/5 – I talked to my friends, parents, and other random people about the book this month.
4/5 Great read, would recommend to others to borrow/buy.
3/5 Enjoyable read for me but not a book I’d tell people to go out and buy.
2/5 and below… Don’t waste your time or money.

* means I’ve gifted it to people.


2018 (59 books since Jan 1st)
  1. [3/5] On Bowie – Rob Sheffield
  2. [4/5]* The Secret Life of Fat – Slyvia Tara
  3. [4/5] Theft by Finding (diaries 1977-2002) – David Sedaris
  4. [4/5] Drinking with Miss Dutchie – Ed Breslin
  5. [4/5] Ghostwritten – David Mitchell
  6. [3/5] The Telomere Effect (A revolutionary approach to living younger, healthier, longer) – Elizabeth Blackburn
  7. [4/5] When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi
  8. [5/5] The Namesake – Jhumpa Lahiri
  9. [3/5] Modern Romance – Aziz Ansari
  10. [3/5] Quantum Man: Richard Feynman’s Life in Science – Lawrence M. Krauss
  11. [4/5] The Undoing Project – Michael Lewis
  12. [5/5] How Emotions Are Made – Lisa Feldman Barrett
  13. [3/5] 8 Seconds of Courage – Flo Goldberg
  14.  [4/5] Artemis – Andy Weir
  15.  [3/5] When you are engulfed in flames – David Sedaris
  16.  [4/5] Permission Marketing – Seth Godin
  17.  [2/5] The Brain Game: the seven fatal flaws of thinking – Matthew E. May
  18.  [4/5] Istanbul: a tale of three cities – Bettany Hughes
  19.  [4/5] Breakfast of Champions – Kurt Vonnegut
  20.  [5/5] Plato’s Republic – Plato
  21.   [5/5] Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor E. Frankl
  22.   [2/5] 12 Rules for Life – Jordan Peterson
  23.   [4/5] Less – Andrew Sean Greer
  24.  [5/5] The Rise and Fall of China – Richard Baum
  25.  [5/5] Fascism: A Warning – Madeline Albright
  26.  [4/5] And Odyssey (A Father, a Son and an Epic) – Daniel Mendelsohn
  27.  [3/5] Emma – Jane Austen
  28.  [3/5] The Power of Broke (How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and a Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage) – Daymond John, Daniel Paisner
  29.  [2/5] Capital Gaines (Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff) – Chip Gaines
  30.  [3/5] A History of the World in 6 Glasses – Tom Standage
  31.  [5/5] The Last Lion Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume I Visions of Glory 1874-1932 – William Manchester
  32.  [3/5] Your Best Brain: The Science of Brain Improvement – John Medina
  33.  [5/5] The Children of Time – Adrian Tchaikovsky
  34.  [4/5] The Order of Time – Carlo Rovelli
  35.  [4/5] Rescued from Isis – Dimitri Bontinck
  36.  [3/5] Broad Strokes: 15 women who made art (and history) in that order – Bridget Quinn
  37.  [4/5] Childhoods End – Sir Arthur C. Clarke
  38.  [3/5] Moby Dick – Herman Melville
  39.  [1/5] Get Over Your Damn Self: The no bs blueprint to building a life changing business – Romi Neustadt
  40.  [4/5] Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the anatomy of intrigue – Ryan Holiday
  41.  [4/5] Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen
  42.  [4/5] A Higher Loyalty – James Comey
  43.  [4/5] The Art of War – Sun Tzu
  44.  [4/5] Endurance – Scott Kelly
  45.  [5/5] Elon Musk – Tesla, Space X and the quest for a fantastic future – Ashlee Vance
  46.  [3/5] The Story of Human Language – John McWhorter
  47.  [4/5] The Alice Network – Kate Quinn
  48.  [4/5] Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – Johan Hari
  49.  [4/5] 10% Happier – Dan Harris
  50.  [5/5] Gravity’s Engines – Caleb Scharf
  51.  [4/5] The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Other Jazz Tales – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  52.  [4/5] Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
  53.  [3/5] The Book of Five Rings – Miyamoto Musashi
  54.  [3/5] Culinary Reactions: The Everyday Chemistry of Cooking – Simon Quellen Field
  55.  [3/5] The Pearl – John Steinbeck
  56.  [4/5] What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions – Randall Munroe
  57.  [4/5] Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  58.  [4/5] Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur
  59.  [4/5] The Sun and Her Flowers – Rupi Kaur

2017 (23)

  1. [5/5] The Alchemist – Paulo Cuello
  2. [3/5] Grendel – John Gardner
  3. [4/5] The Art of Learning – Josh Waitzkin
  4. [4/5] The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien
  5. [5/5] The Denial of Death – Ernest Becker
  6. [3/5] A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle
  7. [3/5] Debriefing the President – The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein – John Nixon
  8. [3/5] The Giver – Lois Lowry
  9. [3/5] Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel – Rolf Potts
  10. [5/5] What is America: A Short History of the New World Order – Ronald Wright
  11. [5/5] Strategy: A History – Lawrence Freedman
  12. [4/5] The Butterfly Effect – Jon Ronson
  13. [5/5] The Death of Expertise – Tom Nichols
  14. [3/5] The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood
  15. [5/5] My Name is Red – Orhan Pamuk
  16. [4/5] Mating in Captivity – Esther Perel
  17. [5/5] Snowball – Warren Buffet and the Business of Life – Alice Schroeder
  18. [3/5] The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye – David Lagercrantz
  19. [4/5] Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  20. [4/5] Through the Looking Glass – Lewis Carroll
  21. [4/5] Seinfeldia – Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
  22. [4/5] The Handmaids Tale – Margaret Atwood
  23. [5/5] The Book of Negroes – Lawrence Hill

2016 (52)

  1. [3/5] One More Thing – Stories and Other Stories – B.J. Novak
  2. [3/5] 13 Hours – A Firsthand Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi – Mitchell Zuckoff
  3. [3/5] The Brain’s Way of Healing – Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity – Norman Doidge, M.D.
  4. [4/5] Creativity, Inc. – Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration – Ed Catmull
  5. [4/5] Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs – The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe – Lisa Randall
  6. [3/5] Dreamers and Deceivers -True and Untold Stories of the Heroes and Villains Who Made America – Glenn Beck
  7. [4/5] The First 90 Days – Michael Watkins
  8. [3/5] Getting More – How You Can Negotiate to Succeed in Work and Life – Stuart Diamond
  9. [4/5] The Grand Design – Stephen Hawking
  10. [3/5] The Hidden Reality – Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos – Brian Greene
  11. [3/5] Insanely Simple – The Obsession that Drives Apple’s Success – Ken Segall
  12. [3/5] The Investment Answer – Learn to Manage Your Money & Protect Your Financial Future – Daniel C. Goldie, CFA, CFP
  13. [4/5] The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up – The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing – Marie Kondo
  14. [3/5] Life’s Greatest Secret – The Race to Crack the Genetic Code – Matthew Cobb
  15. [3/5] Linchpin – Are You Indispensable? – Seth Godin
  16. [1/5] Mastering the Art of Quitting – Why It Matters in Life, Love, and Work – Peg Streep
  17. [3/5] Moonwalking with Einstein – the Art and Science of Remembering Everything – Joshua Foer
  18. [3/5] No Excuses – Growing Up Deaf and Achieving My Super Bowl Dreams – Marcus Brotherton
  19. [3/5] One Click – Jeff Bezos and the Rise of Amazon.com – Richard L. Brandt
  20. [4/5] The Pentagon’s Brain – An Uncensored History of DARPA, America’s Top-Secret Military Research Agency – Annie Jacobsen
  21. [4/5] Quantum – Einstein, Bohr, and the Great Debate about the Nature of Reality – Manjit Kumar
  22. [2/5] The Rational Optimist – How Prosperity Evolves – Matt Ridley
  23. [2/5] The Road to Character – David Brooks
  24. [1/5] Screw Business as Usual – Richard Branson
  25. [3/5] Where Good Ideas Come From – Steven Johnson
  26. [3/5] Tuesdays with Morrie: 10th Anniversary Edition – an old man, a young man, and life’s greatest lesson – Mitch Albom
  27. [3/5] Daily Rituals: How Artists Work – Mason Currey
  28. [4/5] The Tao of Seneca – Practical Letters from a Stoic Master – Volume 1 – Seneca
  29. [4/5] The Tao of Seneca – Practical Letters from a Stoic Master – Volume 2 – Seneca
  30. [3/5] On Intelligence – Jeff Hawkins, Sandra Blakeslee
  31. [3/5] The Clockwork Universe –  Isaac Newton, The Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World – Edward Dolnick
  32. [4/5] The Obstacle Is the Way –  The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph – Ryan Holiday
  33. [3/5] Ego Is the Enemy – Ryan Holiday
  34. [5/5] Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
  35. [3/5] Better and Faster – The Proven Path to Unstoppable Ideas – Jeremy Gutsche
  36. [3/5] Waking Up – A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion – Sam Harris
  37. [5/5] Seven Eves – Neal Stephenson
  38. [4/5] Oryx and Crake – MaddAddam Trilogy Book 1 – Margaret Atwood
  39. [4/5] I Contain Multitudes – The Microbes Within Us and the Grander View of Life – Ed Yong
  40. [2/5] The Only Pirate at the Party – Lindsey Sterling
  41. [5/5] Armada – Ernest Cline
  42. [3/5] The Lost Symbol – Robert Langdon Series Book 3 – Dan Brown
  43. [4/5] Brain Maker – The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain  for Life –  David Perlmutter, Kristin Loberg
  44. [3/5] The Year of the Flood – Margaret Atwood
  45. [3/5] MaddAddam – Margaret Atwood
  46. [1/5] The Gray Rhino – How to Recognize and Act on the Obvious Dangers We Ignore – Michele Wucker
  47. [5/5]* The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck – Mark Manson
  48. [5/5] Aurora – Kim Stanley Robinson
  49. [4/5] The Girl with the Lower Back Tatoo – Amy Schumer
  50. [4/5] The Badass Librarians of Timbuktu – Joshua Hammer
  51. [3/5] Sex in the Museum – Sarah Forbes
  52. [3/5] The Chemist – Stephanie Meyer

2015 (10)
  1. [4/5] Crucial Conversations – Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, 2nd Ed. – Kerry Patterson, et al.
  2. [5/5]* The Intelligent Investor – The Definitive Book on Value Investing  – Benjamin Graham
  3. [3/5] We Learn Nothing – Essays – Tim Kreider
  4. [3/5] The Girl on The Train – Paula Hawkins
  5. [5/5]* The Martian – Andy Weir
  6. [4/5] The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larson
  7. [3/5] The Girl who Played with Fire – Stieg Larson
  8. [3/5] The Girl who Kicked the Hornets Nest – Stieg Larson
  9. [3/5] The Girl in the Spiders Web – David Lagercrantz
  10. [3/5] The Chimes  – Charles Dickens