My 2017 Reading List

My 2017 Reading List

Despite the absence of a new Justin Timberlake album or a Barack Obama presidency, 2017 was fantastic. Rejuvenated by two geographical moves and a career change, there was a new rhythm of a life that motivated me to take up a few new goals.

Specifically, an ambition to read a book a week.

Sadly, despite two weeks left in the year, I am unlikely to reach this goal. Nonetheless, it’s been one of the most fulfilling endeavors of my life.

I’ve been grateful to have read up on a number of serious topics — economist Joseph Stiglitz’s views on 21st century globalization, Han Hermann Hope’s thoughts on the history of failing Democracies (#toosoon), Ta-Nehisis always insightful commentary on race in America, the third time I read Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking Fast and Slow, and Lizzie Collingham’s wonderful take about colonialism and Indian food.

And the not so serious — Mark Pendergrast’s account on the history of coffee, John Stewart’s thoughts on his time at the Daily Show (#missyoualready), and Mitt Romney’s fictional take on America in his book No Apology.

Theoretical physicist John A. Wheeler noted, “As our island of knowledge grows, so dies the shore of our ignorance.”

I will unlikely remember every detail in every book, but I feel like my island of knowledge is a bit more fact-based, a tad more more empathetic, and a lot more humble and cognizant about the shores I need to still tame.

Below are the books I read this year. I’d love to get your thoughts on any you might have perused through as well. Additionally, please let me know what great pieces of literature I am missing out on.

Here’s to reading 52 books in 2018!

The Art of Grace by Sarah L. Kaufman

The Story of my Teeth by Valeria Luiselli

Uncommon Grounds by Mark Pendergrast

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

The Geography of Genius by Eric Weiner

Wherever You Go There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn

The Taste of Empire: How Britain’s Quest for Food Shaped the Modern World by Lizzie Collingham

The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis

Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

Thank You for Being Late by Thomas Friedman

The Fix by Jonathan Tepperman

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson

How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything by Rosa Brooks

Earth the Sequel by Miriam Horn

Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

The Daily Show: An Oral History by Chris Smith and Jon Stewart

Hit Makers by Derek Thompson

The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Nahajan

Cosmopolitan by Kwame Anthony Appiah

Doughnut Economics by Kate Ramworth

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

The Stranger by Albert Camus

The Plague by Albert Camus

Seeing Like a State by James C. Scott

The Whistler by John Grisham

Brown is the New White by Steve Phillips

What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton

Building the New American Economy by Jeffrey D. Sachs

Globalization and Its Discontent: Revisted by Joseph Stiglitz

The Rooster Bar by John Grisham

Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari

Real Impact by Morgan Simon

Arrival City by Doug Sanders

The Space Within by Michael Neili

Scarcity by Eldar Shapir and Sendhil Millainathan

Better Living through Criticism by A.O. Scott

Sensemaking by Christian Madsbjerg

Democracy: The God that Failed by Hans-Hermann Hope

We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates

No Apology by Mitt Romney

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