Tuesday, February 10, 2015

2014 book list

(Cross-posted from Medium)

I read more books in 2014 than any year before. My Caltrain commute acted as a forcing function that enabled this.
  • Here are some stats on the books I read.
  • Number of books read: 26
  • Non-fiction: 22. Fiction: 4
  • Longest book: 656 pages (Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson)
  • Shortest book: 134 pages (The Inner Game of Tennis by W. Timothy Gallwey)
  • Most common tags: Science: 9, Psychology: 4, Biography: 4

Here are all the books I read in chronological order (Bold = Recommended, *Bold = Highly recommended)
  1. Consider the Lobster and Other Essays by David Foster Wallace
  2. Triumph of the City by Edward L. Glaeser
  3. Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
  4. The Beast: Riding the Rails and Dodging Narcos on the Migrant Trail by Óscar Martínez
  5. The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz
  6. The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver
  7. Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
  8. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
  9. The Inner Game of Tennis by W. Timothy Gallwey
  10. An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography by Paul Rusesabagina
  11. India Unbound by Gurcharan Das
  12. *Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  13. The Man Who Loved Only Numbers by Paul Hoffman
  14. Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull
  15. Tenth of December by George Saunders
  16. An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield
  17. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  18. *Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
  19. For the Love of Physics by Walter Lewin
  20. 13 Things That Don’t Make Sense by Michael Brooks
  21. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  22. The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt
  23. The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger by Marc Levinson
  24. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami
  25. Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach
  26. The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal

Here is the entire list on Goodreads if you are curious.

And here’s the list from 2013.