I set a goal to read 24 books in a year, and I didn’t quite make it there, although I was very close—20 completed books—and 4 unfinished ones, marked with an asterisk (*) in the lists below.
- The End of Night* Bogard ♥ nature ♥ darkness ♥ philosophy
- The Joy of X* Strogatz ♥ mathematics ♥ nature ♥ joy of learning
- Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! Feynman ♥ physics ♥ memoir ♥ joy of learning
- What Do You Care What Other People Think? Feynman ♥ physics ♥ memoir ♥ joy of learning
- The Order of Time Rovelli ♥ physics ♥ time ♥ critical thinking
- The Technological Singularity Shanahan ♥ technology ♥ futurism ♥ critical thinking
- Life 3.0 Tegmark ♥ biology ♥ futurism ♥ critical thinking
- The Selfish Gene Dawkins ♥ biology ♥ genetics ♥ critical thinking
- How to End the Autism Epidemic Handley ♥ counterargument ♥ critical thinking ♥ Big Pharma
- Lost Connections* Hari ♥ psychology ♥ depression ♥ Big Pharma
- The Code of the Extraordinary Mind Lakhiani ♥ psychology ♥ intelligence ♥ self-help
- Actionable Gamification Chou ♥ psychology ♥ motivation ♥ self-help
- Emotional Intelligence 2.0 Bradberry, Greaves, & Lencioni ♥ psychology ♥ intelligence ♥ self-help
- The Emotionally Absent Mother ♥ psychology ♥ ethics ♥ self-help
- Waking Up Harris ♥ philosophy ♥ ethics ♥ self-help
- The Betta Bible Brammah ♥ animal care ♥ how-to ♥ genetics
- The Writer’s Guide to Wattpad Sobieck ♥ how-to ♥ social media ♥ writing
- Hacking Literacy Dawson ♥ writing ♥ teaching ♥ joy of learning
- The Lathe of Heaven Le Guin ♥ science fiction ♥ futurism ♥ dreams
- Spinning Silver Novik ♥ fantasy ♥ magic ♥ empowerment
- The Name of the Wind Rothfuss ♥ fantasy ♥ magic ♥ empowerment
- The Hundredth Queen King ♥ fantasy ♥ romance ♥ empowerment
- Illegal Restrepo ♥ young adult ♥ heroism ♥ empowerment
Wild Embers* Nikita ♥ empowerment ♥ feminism ♥ heroism
I enjoy reading 8-10 books at a time, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing, so I’m good with leaving 4 unfinished texts. It feels like I’m making room to invite the 2019 titles in.
But when I look at the themes running throughout the lists, it just makes me want to read more in 2019. I like the trends—I want to read more about physics, nature, and psychology (my original undergrad major!)—yet I also need to read more fiction; and why did I only sink into one poetry book? I didn’t even finish reading it.
So in 2019, I’d like to read 6 books from each of the following creative forms:
- short story collections;
- poetry collections;
- essay collections;
- memoirs; and
- longer nonfiction works on science and/or nature.
That raises the bar to 36 books! Eventually, I’d like to experience a book a week, but 36 is a good number to set for my 2019 resolution.