What I Read in 2019

Continuing my tradition of posting my annual book diet, this year wasn’t nearly as good of a reading year as 2018. 2019 was (extremely?) busy with the birth of our baby daughter, the continued raising of our four-year-old son, my wife starting a solo private practice (that’s another post), and my first full year as an attending (and winning teacher of the year to boot!).

  1. Get Jiro! by Anthony Bourdain (weird)
  2. How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen by Joanna Faber and Julie King (kids are ruthless)
  3. War of the Blink by Michael Nicoll and Yahgulanaas
  4. Anthem: The Graphic Novel by Ayn Rand
  5. Voice Lessons for Parents by Wendy Mogel
  6. Power Moves by Adam Grant
  7. Replay: The History of Videogames by Tristan Donovan (very interesting, at least if you’re me)
  8. Meet the Frugalwoods by Elizabeth Willard Thames
  9. Contact by Carl Sagan (classic)
  10. Heart: A History by Sandeep Jauhar (no Emperor of All Maladies, but pretty good)
  11. Junk by Les Bohem
  12. Company of One by Paul Jarvis (synopsis: there’s more to business than growth; something hospitals and academic centers would do well to remember)
  13. The Dispatcher by John Scalzi
  14. Black Crow, White Snow by Michael Livingston
  15. The Rule of One by Ashley and Leslie Saunders (near-future dystopia, but the twist is that the main characters are twins [and the authors are twins!]. The protagonists aren’t awesome athletes or killers, but it’s also not as good as [the first two books] of The Hunger Games or the [first two books] of Divergent.)
  16. The Rule of Many by Ashley and Leslie Saunders (the conclusion)
  17. Skyward by Brandon Sanderson (he’s better at fantasy, but still highly enjoyable YA light-sci-fi.)
  18. The Physician Philosopher’s Guide to Personal Finance by James Turner (reviewed here)
  19. Educated by Tara Westover (excellent memoir)
  20. The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon (Chabon is my Jewish writer spirit animal.)
  21. The Vexed Generation by Scott Meyer (Magic 2.0 #6) (meh)
  22. Everything is F-cked by Mark Manson (though neither really treads new ground, his first book was much better and genuinely enjoyable. This one suffers from sequelitis.)
  23. Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport (Be thoughtful in how you use technology. Hint: Less is more. The weakest of his books, but still has enough meat to have warranted several blog posts.)
  24. Fall by Neal Stephenson (Long, good. What happens when people figure out how to live as digital avatars after death?)
  25. Chop Wood, Carry Water by Joshua Medcalf
  26. Space Force by Jeremy Robinson (hilarious, page-turning shoot ’em up thriller. I don’t laugh out loud very often, but I did a lot with this one. What happens if we create Trump’s Space Force,  everyone realizes how dumb it is, we cancel the program, and then immediately experience an alien invasion?)
  27. The Mage Fire War by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. (Sage of Recluce #21[!])
  28. Level Five by William Ledbetter
  29. Keep Going by Austin Kleon
  30. Bushido Online: War Games (#3) by Nikita Thorn (I’d never heard of let alone read a “LitRPG” book before this series, and I’ll probably never read another one. But I like this series! Yes, it’s silly. And yet.)
  31. Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs (A really good memoir; also, Jobs seems like a pretty not nice guy.)
  32. Make it Stick by Peter C. Brown (Probably the definitive book on modern learning science)
  33. The Toll by Neal Shusterman (Arc of a Scythe #3)
  34. The Others by Jeremy Robinson
  35. Indistractable by Nir Eyal (meh)
  36. Ultralearning by Scott Young (more anecdotal than #31)
  37. Strange Planet by Nathan W. Pyle (hands-down best thing on Instagram)

I think 2020 is going to be a good year. I already know what my first book is going to be.

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