Reading List 2015

Amber wrote on her blog about how we both see ourselves as readers, but when you look at how many books we’ve read this year– we’re not really readers. We just see ourselves that way and we should better strive to meet that expectation.

I’m pledging to finish 15 books between now and the end of 2015. I’ve already begun books one and two, so I figure if I get both of those done, plus one book a month next year, plus one more (somehow) in there — I’m doing pretty good. To most readers, that’s a ridiculously low number. I don’t care. This is ambitious for me.

Here’s my book list of what I want to read in that time. If you have suggestions to fill out remaining spots, please leave in the comments otherwise I’ll figure this out as we go along. I also reserve the right to remove a book if I start it and really don’t get into it, so long as I replace it with another book.

If I get any books for Christmas I’ll probably sub those in too. 🙂 (Edit: I did, and I have.)

  1. The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  2. The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons
  3. The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories by H.P. Lovecraft
  4. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  5. Endgame: The Calling by James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton
  6. Old Man’s War by John Scalzi
  7. The Books of Magic by Neil Gaiman (late addition)
  8. The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi
  9. Taking People With You: The Only Way to Make BIG Things Happen by David Novak
  10. The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield
  11. The Last Colony by John Scalzi (late addition)
  12. The Postmortal by Drew Magary (late addition)
  13. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
  14. You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day (late addition)
  15. Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel
  16. Mint Juleps with Teddy Roosevelt: The Complete History of Presidential Drinking by Mark Will-Weber
  17. Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead by Laszlo Bock (late addition)
  18. Art Before Breakfast by Danny Gregory (late addition)
  19. The Martian by Andy Weir (late addition)
  20. Dune by Frank Herbert (read in 2016)
  21. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (late addition | read in 2016)
  22. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  23. CivilWarLand in Bad Decline by George Saunders
  24. The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly? by Seth Godin (read in 2017)

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