Reading List

5 – Incredible, ask me to talk about the book and I’ll fill your afternoon. 4 – I’ve probably recommended this to one or two people already. 3 – Worth a read, but not particularly life-changing. 2 – More bad than good. 1 – Utterly and painfully terrible.

Just to say: if you click on a book, you’ll be taken to the Amazon store for your country (these contain affiliate links).

Read in 2019

Essential: Essays by The Minimalists

Wisdom from the Minimalists. A lot of it is obvious and oft-repeated, but still a fun read.

Americanah

From Nigeria to the U.S. and back again. A life between cultures and a great love story.

The Last American Man

Liz Gilbert's tale of Eustace Conway, who left home at seventeen to move into the Appalachian Mountains and live an intriguing life off the land.
  1. The Art of Hearing Heartbeats – Jan-Philipp Sendker (4.25) | Amazon

  2. How to Be Interesting (In 10 Simple Steps) – Jessica Hagy (4.25) | Amazon

  3. Books for Living – Will Schwalbe (4.00) | Amazon

  4. The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well – Meik Wiking (3.75) | Amazon

  5. Elephant Moon – John Sweeney (4.00) | Amazon

  6. The North Water – Ian McGuire (4.50) | Amazon

  7. See Jane Lead: 99 Ways for Women to Take Charge at Work – Lois P. Frankel (3.75) | Amazon

  8. ROAR: How to Match Your Food and Fitness to Your Unique Female Physiology – Stacy Sims (3.75) | Amazon

  9. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less – Greg McKeown (4.00) | Amazon

  10. The Art of War – Sun Tzu (4.00) | Amazon

  11. The Road to Character – David Brooks (3.75) | Amazon

  12. Ego is the Enemy – Ryan Holiday (4.25) | Amazon

  13. A Life Without Limits: A World Champion’s Journey – Chrissie Wellington (3.75) | Amazon

  14. The Consolations of the Forest: Alone in a Cabin on the Siberian Taiga – Sylvain Tesson (3.75) | Amazon

  15. True North: Travels in Arctic Europe – Gavin Francis (3.25) | Amazon

  16. The Course of Love – Alain de Botton (3.50) | Amazon

  17. When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times – Pema Chödrön (3.00) | Amazon

  18. Night Sky With Exit Wounds – Ocean Vuong (3.75) | Amazon

  19. Career of Evil – Robert Galbraith (3.50) | Amazon

  20. Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel – Rolf Potts (4.00) | Amazon

  21. The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down: How to Be Calm and Mindful in a Fast-Paced World – Haemin Sunim (4.00) | Amazon

  22. Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative – Austin Kleon (4.50) | Amazon

  23. What Doesn’t Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength – Scott Carney (4.00) | Amazon

  24. The Signature of All Things – Elizabeth Gilbert (3.75) | Amazon

  25. The Return: Fathers, Sons, and the Land In Between – Hisham Matar (4.00) | Amazon

  26. Queen of the Desert: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell – Georgina Howell (4.25) | Amazon

  27. Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life – Bill Burnett and Dave Evans (3.50) | Amazon

  28. Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur (3.75) | Amazon

  29. How to Love – Thich Nhat Hanh (4.50) | Amazon

  30. Mind of a Survivor: What the Wild Has Taught Me about Survival and Success – Megan Hine (4.25) | Amazon

  31. Set Free: A Life-Changing Journey from Banking to Buddhism in Bhutan – Emma Slade (3.75) | Amazon

  32. How to Relax – Thich Nhat Hanh (3.75) | Amazon

  33. Wind, Sand and Stars – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (4.50, re-read) | Amazon

  34. All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr (4.50) | Amazon

  35. A Whole Life – Robert Seethaler (4.50) | Amazon

  36. The Sun and Her Flowers – Rupi Kaur (3.75) | Amazon

  37. Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (4.25) | Amazon

  38. Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World – Tim Ferriss (4.25) | Amazon

  39. Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone – Brené Brown (3.50) | Amazon

  40. Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! – Richard Feynman (4.50) | Amazon

  41. Awaken The Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Life – Tony Robbins (4.75) | Amazon


Read in 2016

  1. Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World – Cal Newport (4.5) | Amazon

  2. Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur – Derek Sivers (5.0) | Amazon

  3. The Four-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life – Tim Ferriss (3.5)

  4. A Place Called Winter – Patrick Gale (4.0) | Amazon

  5. Gratitude – Oliver Sacks (5.0) | Amazon

  6. A God in Ruins – Kate Atkinson (4.0) | Amazon

  7. Bodies of Light – Sarah Moss (4.25) | Amazon

  8. When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi (5.0) this book is incredible… read it! | Amazon

  9. Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break – Anna Brones and Johanna Kindvall (4.0) | Amazon

  10. Modern Romance – Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg (4.5) | Amazon

  11. Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office – Lois P. Frankel (4.0) | Amazon

  12. Aeneid Book VI: A New Verse Translation – Seamus Heaney (4.0) | Amazon

  13. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End – Atul Gawande (4.0) | Amazon

  14. The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country – Helen Russell (3.75) | Amazon

  15. #AskGaryVee: One Entrepreneur’s Take on Leadership, Social Media, and Self-Awareness – Gary Vaynerchuck (4.0) | Amazon

  16. Content Machine: Use Content Marketing to Build a 7-Figure Business with Zero Advertising – Dan Norris (4.0) | Amazon

  17. Business for Punks: Break All The Rules – The BrewDog Way – James Watt (4.0) | Amazon

  18. Growth Hacker Marketing: A Primer on the Future of PR, Marketing, and Advertising – Ryan Holiday (3.25) | Amazon

  19. We Should All Be Feminists – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (4.0) | Amazon

  20. Land of the Midnight Sun: My Arctic Adventures – Alexander Armstrong (4.0) | Amazon

  21. The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure – Caroline Paul (4.25) | Amazon

  22. Brave Enough – Cheryl Strayed (4.25) | Amazon

  23. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail – Cheryl Strayed (4.0) | Amazon

  24. Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar – Cheryl Strayed (4.25) | Amazon

  25. #LifeChanger: They did it, so now you can too – Chris Ward (3) | Amazon

  26. Life in the Slow Lane: A Patient Quest for Adventure by Dave Cornthwaite (3.75) | Amazon

  27. Welcome to the Funnel: Proven Tactics to Turn Your Social and Content Marketing up to 11 – Jason Miller (3.75) | Amazon

  28. The Girl in the Spider’s Web – David Lagercrantz (4.25) | Amazon

  29. #GIRLBOSS – Sophia Amoruso (3.5) | Amazon

  30. The Obstacle is the Way – Ryan Holiday (4.25) | Amazon

  31. Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate – Cynthia Kim (3.5)| Amazon

  32. On the Move – Oliver Sacks (4.0) | Amazon

  33. Gut: the inside story of our body’s most under-rated organ – Giulia Enders (4.0) | Amazon

  34. The Kind Worth Killing – Peter Swanson (3.0) | Amazon

  35. Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is Shaping our Future – Ashlee Vance (3.5) | Amazon

  36. West with the Night – Beryl Markham (4.0) | Amazon

  37. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running – Haruki Murakami (3.5 ) | Amazon

  38. Transfer of Power – Vince Flynn (3.5) | Amazon

  39. The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results – Gary Keller and Jay Papasan (4.5) | Amazon

  40. Living with a SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet – Jesse Itzler (3.5) | Amazon

  41. A Well-tempered Heart – Jan-Philipp Sendker (4.25) | Amazon

  42. The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever – Michael Bungay Stanier (3.0) | Amazon

  43. On Becoming Fearless…in Love, Work, and Life – Arianna Huffington (3.5) | Amazon

  44. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear – Elizabeth Gilbert (4.0)| Amazon

  45. Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers – Tim Ferriss (4.5) | Amazon

  46. Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace) – Chade-Meng Tan (4.0) | Amazon

  47. Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why – Laurence Gonzales (3.5) | Amazon


Read in 2015

  1. A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara

  2. A Wild Sheep Chase – Haruki Murakami

  3. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage – Haruki Murakami

  4. South of the Border, West of the Sun – Haruki Murakami

  5. Everything I Never Told You – Celene Ng

  6. Life and Other Near-Death Experiences – Camille Pagán

  7. Adventures in Human Being – Gavin Francis

  8. Do Story – Bobette Buster

  9. The Reason I Jump – Naoki Higashida

  10. Daily Rituals: How Artists Work – Mason Currey

  11. Flight to Arras – Antoine de Saint-Exupèry

  12. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running – Haruki Murakami

  13. The Places That Scare You – Pema Chödrön

  14. Out Stealing Horses – Per Petterson

  15. Nora Webster – Colm Tóibín

  16. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

  17. Niebla – Miguel de Unamuno

  18. The Little Friend – Donna Tartt

  19. The Lover’s Dictionary: A Love Story in 185 Definitions – David Levithan

  20. Amongst Women – John McGahern

  21. The Hedgehog and the Fox – Isiah Berlin

  22. Understanding Tolstoy – Andrew D. Kaufman

  23. Focus – Jürgen Wolff

  24. The Art of Being Brilliant – Andy Cope

  25. Thrive – Arianna Huffington

  26. Everybody Writes – Ann Handley

  27. Manage Your Day-to-Day – Jocelyn Glei

  28. Leave Your Mark – Aliza Licht

  29. The Start-up of You – Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha

  30. Developing Talents – Temple Grandin

  31. Marketing: A Love Story: How to Matter to Your Customers – Bernadette Jiwa

  32. Camino de perfección – Pío Baroja

  33. El trovador – Antonio García Gutiérrez

  34. Don Juan Tenorio – Jose Zorrilla

  35. Don Álvaro o la fuerza del sino – Duque de Rivas

  36. Los amantes de Teruel – Juan Eugenio Hartzenbusch


Read in 2014

  1. The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories – Marina Keegan

  2. The South – Colm Tóibín

  3. Brooklyn – Colm Tóibín

  4. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler

  5. Shadow of a Gunman – Seán O’Casey

  6. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce (re-read)

  7. The Collected Poems – W. B. Yeats

  8. A Brief Guide to World Domination – Chris Guillebeau

  9. The Rosie Effect – Graeme Simsion

  10. Fluent Forever: How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget It – Gabriel Wyner

  11. Dead Poets Society – N. H. Kleinbaum

  12. I Am Pilgrim – Terry Hayes

  13. Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything – Joshua Foer

  14. A Study in Scarlet – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

  15. Poems That Make Grown Men Cry – Anthony and Ben Holden

  16. The Silkworm – Robert Galbraith

  17. The Cossacks – Leo Tolstoy

  18. The Secret History – Donna Tartt

  19. Hacking Your Education – Dale J. Stephens

  20. Perfect – Joyce, Rachel

  21. Such Stuff as Dreams: The Psychology of Fiction – Oatley, Keith

  22. Hadji Murad – Tolstoy, Leo

  23. The Grace of Crows – Shawn, Tracy

  24. Resurrection – Tolstoy, Leo

  25. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2) – Rowling, J.K.

  26. The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden – Jonasson, Jonas

  27. The Almost Nearly Perfect People – Booth, Michael

  28. Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption: A Story from Different Seasons – King, Stephen

  29. A Storm of Swords: Blood and Gold (A Song of Ice and Fire #3, Part 2 of 2) – Martin, George R.R.

  30. A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3 part 1) – Martin, George R.R.

  31. In Praise of Slowness: Challenging the Cult of Speed – Honoré, Carl

  32. Maximize Your Potential: Grow Your Expertise, Take Bold Risks & Build an Incredible Career – Glei, Jocelyn K.

  33. A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2) – Martin, George R.R.

  34. The Five Orange Pips and Other Cases – Doyle, Arthur Conan

  35. Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes – Konnikova, Maria

  36. Wind, Sand and Stars – Saint-Exupéry, Antoine de

  37. The Fry Chronicles – Fry, Stephen

  38. The Girl with All the Gifts – Carey, M.R.

  39. The Goldfinch – Tartt, Donna

  40. The Rosie Project – Simsion, Graeme

  41. The Luminaries – Catton, Eleanor

  42. The 4-Hour Work Week – Ferriss, Timothy

  43. Names for the Sea – Moss, Sarah

  44. A Calendar of Wisdom: Daily Thoughts to Nourish the Soul – Tolstoy, Leo