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, 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 Art of Happiness by Dalai Lama XIV and Howard C. Cutler
  2. The Shining (The Shining #1) by Stephen King
  3. Peace Is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh
  4. A Promised Land by Barack Obama
  5. Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

Books Read in 2021

Goal: 12 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

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. The Making of a Manager by Julie Zhuo
  2. When to Rob a Bank by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
  3. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
  4. Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs
  5. Blood, Sweat, and Pixels by Jason Schreier
  6. Permanent Record by Edward Snowden
  7. The Obstacle Is the Way by Ryan Holiday
  8. Click Here to Kill Everybody by Bruce Schneier
  9. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
  10. A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George R.R. Martin
  11. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
  12. 1984 by George Orwell
  13. Ego Is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday
  14. REAMDE by Neal Stephenson
  15. Band of Brothers by Stephen E. Ambrose
  16. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
  17. Gates by Stephen Manes and Paul Andrews
  18. Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
  19. Casino Royale (James Bond #1) by Ian Fleming
  20. Neuromancer (Sprawl 0.5 #1) by William Gibson
  21. Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
  22. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
  23. Artemis by Andy Weir
  24. I Am America (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert
  25. The Phoenix Project by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, and George Spafford
  26. Quit Like a Millionaire by Bryce Leung and Kristy Shen
  27. The Five Thieves of Happiness by John Izzo
  28. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  29. Good to Great by Jim Collins
  30. Essentialism by Greg McKeown
  31. Apple by Jim Carlton
  32. Indistractable by Nir Eyal
  33. Tribe of Mentors by Timothy Ferriss