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 *)

 

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