I used to read a lot. As a child, and then as a teenager, I almost always had my face in a book. If my personal habits over the last decade are of any indication, my appetite for literature was fueled by the lack of portable technology available to me in the 90's and early aughts—and as 2020 has taught all of us, what we need these days is less tech, not more.

So, in support of my single 2021 resolution to "slow the fuck down," I'm going to replace my doomscrolling habit with a book-reading one, and what better way to do that than to hold myself accountable with a rolling log of books I have read? A book-logbook, if you will.

I should probably note that some of these books will be ones I've read dozens of times (re-reads are conveniently marked with an asterisk), while others will be one-and-dones (ones-and-done?). I'm sure there will be a few I don't even bother to finish, but it's my list and I'll do what I want with it.

Also, it's important to acknowledge that some authors are great writers, but less-than-great people. It shouldn't need to be said, but my choosing to read a book does not constitute support of an author's personal beliefs (or even the contents of the book itself).

Currently Reading

  1. The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings #1) by J.R.R. Tolkien
  2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy by James B. South
  3. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
  4. * Magician: Master (Riftwar Saga #2) by Raymond E. Feist
  5. Leadership Strategy and Tactics by Jocko Willink

Books Read in 2021

Goal: 45 of 20

  1. Goodbye Phone, Hello World by Paul Greenberg
  2. Ready Player Two (Ready Player One #2) by Ernest Cline
  3. * Magician: Apprentice (Riftwar Saga #1) by Raymond E. Feist
  4. The Punch Escrow by Tal M. Klein
  5. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
  6. The Cuckoo's Egg by Clifford Stoll
  7. Mage Against the Machine by Shaun Barger
  8. Origin (Robert Langdon #5) by Dan Brown
  9. The Forever War (The Forever War #1) by Joe Haldeman
  10. Gumption by Nick Offerman
  11. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
  12. Another Turn of the Crank by Wendell Berry
  13. Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
  14. Essentialism by Greg McKeown
  15. Peace Is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh
  16. The Making of a Manager by Julie Zhuo
  17. * The Art of Happiness by Dalai Lama XIV and Howard C. Cutler
  18. Indistractable by Nir Eyal
  19. Invisible Influence by Jonah Berger
  20. * Enchantment by Guy Kawasaki
  21. * Growth Hacker Marketing by Ryan Holiday
  22. Killing Sacred Cows by Garrett B. Gunderson
  23. Nurture Shock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
  24. A Promised Land by Barack Obama
  25. Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
  26. The Shining (The Shining #1) by Stephen King
  27. Coding Democracy by Maureen Webb
  28. Permanent Record by Edward Snowden
  29. How to Avoid a Climate Disaster by Bill Gates
  30. The 80/80 Marriage by Nate Klemp and Kaley Klemp
  31. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  32. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  33. When to Rob a Bank by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
  34. The Obstacle Is the Way by Ryan Holiday
  35. The Soul of Discipline by Kim John Payne
  36. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
  37. Ego Is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday
  38. * The 4-Hour Chef by Timothy Ferriss
  39. The Stoic Challenge by William B. Irvine
  40. Stillness Is the Key by Ryan Holiday
  41. * The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
  42. Incredible Doom by Matthew Bogart and Jesse Holden
  43. How to be a Modern Samurai by Antony Cummins
  44. Dancing with Dragons by D.J. Conway
  45. Kill It with Fire by Marianne Bellotti


  1. Apple by Jim Carlton
  2. How to Be Human by Paula Cocozza

Books Read in 2020

Goal: 8 of 0

  1. * Dragon Wing (Death Gate Cycle #1) by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
  2. Ghost in the Wires by Kevin D. Mitnick
  3. * Ender's Game (Ender's Saga #1) by Orson Scott Card
  4. Outland (World Lines #1) by Dennis E. Taylor
  5. * Off to Be the Wizard (Magic 2.0 #1) by Scott Meyer
  6. The Vexed Generation (Magic 2.0 #6) by Scott Meyer
  7. Beacon 23 by Hugh Howey
  8. Armada by Ernest Cline

Book Backlog

  1. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
  2. Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs
  3. Blood, Sweat, and Pixels by Jason Schreier
  4. Click Here to Kill Everybody by Bruce Schneier
  5. A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George R.R. Martin
  6. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
  7. 1984 by George Orwell
  8. REAMDE by Neal Stephenson
  9. Band of Brothers by Stephen E. Ambrose
  10. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
  11. Gates by Stephen Manes and Paul Andrews
  12. Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
  13. Casino Royale (James Bond #1) by Ian Fleming
  14. Neuromancer (Sprawl 0.5 #1) by William Gibson
  15. Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
  16. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
  17. Artemis by Andy Weir
  18. I Am America (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert
  19. The Phoenix Project by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, and George Spafford
  20. Quit Like a Millionaire by Bryce Leung and Kristy Shen
  21. The Five Thieves of Happiness by John Izzo
  22. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  23. Good to Great by Jim Collins
  24. Tribe of Mentors by Timothy Ferriss
  25. Rapture for the Geeks by Richard Dooling
  26. Hooked by Nir Eyal
  27. Zero to One by Peter Thiel
  28. Superconnector by Scott Gerber and Ryan Paugh
  29. The Seventh Sense by Joshua Cooper Ramo
  30. The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
  31. Verses from the Center by Nāgārjuna
  32. The Omnivore's Dilema by Michael Pollan
  33. Thinking in Numbers by Daniel Tammet
  34. An American Sickness by Elisabeth Rosenthal
  35. The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff
  36. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  37. Choke by Chuck Palahniuk
  38. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  39. Bones of the Dragon (Dragonships of Vindras #1) by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
  40. A Delusion of Satan by Frances Hill
  41. * Wool (Silo #1) by Hugh Howey
  42. The Chaos Protocols by Gordon White
  43. * Little Black Book of Connections by Jeffrey Gitomer
  44. Futureproof by Kevin Roose
  45. Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield
  46. The Library Book by Susan Orlean
  47. The Tiger by John Vaillant
  48. The Pursuit of William Abbey by Claire North
  49. Overwhelmed by Brigid Schulte
  50. Why Buddhism Is True by Robert Wright
  51. Traction by Gino Wickman
  52. Radical Candor by Kim Scott
  53. * Writing What You Know by Meg Files