Retrospective: Books read in 2019


Last year I got back into the habit of reading. I set myself a fairly low number (12) as a challenge on Goodreads.

I hit that easily despite not reading frequently or regularly. A mistake I made was not having a target list of books from the outset. I relied on stumbling upon books as I finished some other book.

I fell in love with the writing style of John Steinbeck and read 2 of his books. I would recommend most of the books I finished. American Gods and The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck were in my mind the 2 biggest let-downs.

I started a few other books that I didn't finish because of lack of interest past a certain number of pages. One book however stands out in my incomplete list Decline of the west. I loved it but I haven't found the time to read through it.

Books I read in 2019

This list is also

(ranked by how much I liked the book)

  1. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  2. Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  3. Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness by William Styron
  4. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  5. India After Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy by Ramachandra Guha
  6. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  7. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  8. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
  9. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
  10. Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
  11. Dune by Frank Herbert
  12. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  13. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson