Books 2018

What and how I read in 2018.

December 31, 2018

A note on reading more

This is a short list of books. At least, versus some of the lists that inspired both my reading this year (HT to Matt Clifford, Nadia Odunayo). But it’s a step up from the year before. Here are a few ways I found to help me read more:

  • Measure what you want to improve; hence the list.
  • Making time by making a habit - replacing mindless timeline scrolling and Netflix by putting the book somewhere accessible, and app icons off my home screen.
  • Put something down if it’s knocking the habit - I paused a couple of great books (A History of Seven Killings, Destined for War); they’ve been easier to pick up again later, now the habit’s more cemented.
  • Gamify - I mainly read on Kindle with “percentage of the way through” and “time left in book” indicators as motivation.


Top reads

  • World After Capital, Albert Wenger
  • Weapons of Math Destruction, Cathy O’Neil
  • Becoming, Michelle Obama

The rest

  • Hatching Twitter, Nick Bilton
  • The Undoing Project, Michael Lewis


Top reads

  • Power of the Sower, Octavia E. Butler
  • Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel
  • La Belle Sauvage, Phillip Pullman
  • Pachinko, Min Jin Lee

The rest

  • Murder on the Links, Agatha Christie
  • Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
  • Purple Hibiscus, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
  • The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, Stuart Turton
  • A friend’s yet-to-be-published novel (I can’t really say any more, I’m just too proud of this friend not to list it)
  • The Girl in the Spider’s Web, David Lagercrantz
  • The Casual Vacancy, J.K. Rowling

Recommendations welcome. Tweet me.

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