2019 – A Year in Books

What I read in 2019, the comprehensive list.

How to read this list:

*  = Recommend
** = Really recommend
NC = No comment (or, really, do not bother)
RR = Re-read
F = Fiction
NF = Non-fiction

If you trust my reading recommendations, I suggest you purchase a copy of whatever catches your eye at your favourite local second hand book shop (most of the books have been in print for some time, I have found books that age well, well, age well) as they probably need your money much more that Jeff Bezos needs it (and more than I need the affiliate marketing crumbs) and (bonus!) they are less likely to track your personal data in exchange. Hence the lack of online purchase links. Enjoy.

  1. Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman (F)
  2. Darwin’s Watch – Terry Pratchett (F/NF *)
  3. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy – John le Carre (F *)
  4. Superfreakonomics – Stevn Levitt & Stephan Dubner (NF – RR *)
  5. Valley of the Dolls, Jaqueline Susann (NF)
  6. Manage Your Money Like a F*cking Grownup – Sam Beckbessinger (NF)
  7. Anarchy, State and Utopia – Robert Nozick (NF *)
  8. Radical Markets – Eric A. Posner & E. Glen Well (NF *)
  9. The Gulag Archipelago – Aleksander Solzhenitsyn (NF **)
  10. To Live – You Hua (F * But be emotionally prepared.)
  11. On Truth and Lies – Friedrich Nietzsche (NF)
  12. Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu (NF)
  13. Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro (F *)
  14. The Hero With The Thousand Faces – Joseph Campbell (NF *)
  15. Stories of Your Life and Others – Ted Chiang (F *)
  16. The Golden Bough – J.G. Frazer (NF *)
  17. Man’s Search for Meaning – Victor Frankl (NF **)
  18. The State of Affairs – Esther Perel (NF *)
  19. The Course of Love – Alain De Botton (NF *)
  20. How Proust Can Change Your Life – Alain De Botton (NF **)
  21. Neuromancer – William Gibson (F – NC – It’s a nope from me)
  22. July’s People – Nadine Gordimer (F)
  23. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy (F *)
  24. Penses – Blaise Pascal (NF)
  25. Hyperbole and a Half – Allie Broch (NF – RR *)
  26. The Dispossessed – Ursula Le Guin (F)
  27. Almost Zero – Natan Dubovitsky (NF – NC – Yeah. No.)
  28. Eat Your Greens – Wiemer Snujders (NF *)
  29. To Kill a Mocking Bird – Harper Lee (F *)
  30. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro (F – RR **)
  31. Limits to Growth (The 30 Year Update) – Donella Meadows, Jorgen Randers & Dennis Meadows (NF *)
  32. Utopia, New Atlantis and the Isle of Men – Thomas Moor, Francis Bacon and Henry Neville (F*)
  33. Mythos – Stephen Fry (NF *)
  34. Beowulf – The Tolkien translation (F/NF * But don’t bother too much with the commentary after the poem.)
  35. Permanent Record – Edward Snowden (NF *)
  36. Pale Fire – Vladimir Nobakov (F *)
  37. Vladimir Putin: Life Coach – Rob Seers (F/NF)
  38. Nothing is True and Everything is Possible – Peter Pomerantsev (NF ** Damn.)
  39. One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest – Ken Kesey (F *)
  40. Mrs Dalloway – Virginia Woolf (F ** I was surprised. This is good.)
  41. The Virgin Suicides – Jeffery Eugenides (F*)
  42. The Napoleon of Notting Hill – Gilbert Keith Chesterton (F * Weird, but read it anyway.)
  43. The Richest Man in Babylon – George S Clason (NF *)
  44. The Bone Woman – Clea Koff (NF *)
  45. Middlemarch – George Eliot (F **)
  46. The Secret History – Donna Tart (F)
  47. The Prince – Machiavelli (NF)
  48. 4321 – Paul Auster (F)
  49. Unseen Academicals – Terry Pratchett (F – RR ** – Just read all the Pratchett, ok?)
  50. Pleasures and Days – Marcel Proust (F)
  51. Justine – Lawrence Durrell (F)
  52. Submission – Michel Houellebecq (F **)
  53. The Road to Serfdom – Friedrich Hayek (NF *)
  54. Siddhartha – Hermann Hesse (F)
  55. AI Super Powers – Kai-Fu Lee (NF)
  56. The True Believer – Eric Hoffer (NF **)
  57. Foresight – Johan Sani (NF)
  58. Your Inner Game – Matt Brown (NF)
  59. 2084 – Boualem Sansal (F)
  60. The Age of Reason – Jean Paul Sartre (NF *)
  61. The Origins of Totalitarianism – Hannah Arendt (NF **)
  62. The Philosophy of Terry Pratchett – Jacob M. Held et al (NF *)
  63. A Hobbit, A Wardrobe and a Great War – Joseph Le Conte (NF **)
  64. This is Marketing – Seth Godin (NF *)
  65. Don Quixote – Cervantes (F – NC – The only incomplete read on the list. Life is too short, and 280 pages in should count as “a book” read anyway.)
  66. American Psycho – Bret Easton Ellis (F * – But damn, really.)
  67. The Globe – Terry Pratchett (NF **)
  68. A Brief History of Time – Stephen Hawking (NF *)
  69. The Human Stain – Philip Roth (F **)
  70. The World According to Xi – Jerry Brown (NF *)
  71. The Body Politic – Jean-Jacques Rousseau (NF **)
  72. As I Lay Dying – Williams Faulkner (F *)
  73. The Lottery and Other Stories – Shirley Jackson (F)
  74. Reflections on the Revolution in France – Edmund Burke (NF)
  75. High Fidelity – Nick Hornby (F **)
  76. Absolute Beginners – Colin MacInnes (F *)
  77. The Age of Surveillance Capitalism – Shoshanna Zuboff (NF *)
  78. The Trial – Franz Kafka (F **)
  79. Surely You’re Joking Mr Feynman – Richard Feynman (FN **)
  80. Our Man in Havana – Graham Green (F *)
  81. Facial Justice – L.P Hartley (F *)
  82. Kitchen Confidential – Anthony Bourdain (NF **)
  83. The Lacuna – Barbara Kingslover (F)
  84. R.U.R. – Karel Capek (F **)
  85. Foundation, Foundation and Empire & Second Foundation (the trilogy in one volume) – Isaac Asimov (F *)
  86. The Fall – Albert Camus (F *)
  87. Why Nations Fail – Aaron Acemoglu & James A. Robinson (NF)
  88. Atomised – Michel Houellebeq (F *)
  89. Team Human – Douglas Rushkoff (NF)
  90. The Art of Conjecture – Bertrand de Jouvenel (NF *)
  91. London’s Strangest Tales – Tom Quinn (NF)
  92. Nothing to Envy – Barbara Demick (NF **)
  93. Tarantula – Bob Dylan (F/NF)
  94. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole (F *)
  95. Death of the Gods – Carl Miller (NF **)
  96. Envy – Helmut Schreck (NF **)
  97. The Circle – Dave Eggers (F – NC – This is a bad book.)
  98. The Beautiful Poetry of Donald Trump – Rob Sears (F/NF)
  99. The Elements of Moral Philosophy – James Rachels (NF *)
  100. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller (F **)
  101. A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Bruges (F)
  102. Capote – Gerald Clarke (NF *)
  103. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat – Oliver Sacks (NF *)
  104. Darkness at Noon – Arthur Koestler (F **)
  105. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson (F)
  106. Freedom – Margret Atwood (F/NF)
  107. Howards End – E. M. Vortser (F **)
  108. Robot Rights – David J. Gunkel (NF *)
  109. Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov (F **)
  110. Ethics – Aristotle (NF *)
  111. A Year of Reading Dangerously – Andy Miller (NF *)

 

3 thoughts on “2019 – A Year in Books

    1. Absolutely. There are no real excuses other than you don’t want to, and who doesn’t want to read? We live in fortunate times when it comes to knowledge and self direction).

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