2019 Book List

Reading is important, because if you can read, you can learn anything about everything and everything about anything. —Tomie dePaola


A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read. —Mark Twain

As promised, here is the list of books I read for 2019. Most were good, some were TERRIBLE, and a few were quite dense!! Happy to answer questions about any!

Goal for 2020 is 100 books!



Jan 2: Factoring Humanity, Robert Sawyer
-Science fiction novel

Feb 1: You can’t hurt me, David Goggins
-Want to know what being truly tough and resilient is like?
Want to find out what you are capable of?

Feb 12: Consider the Fork, Bee Wilson
-An interesting look at the history of eating

Feb 13: The Grand Design, Stephan Hawking
-Brilliant human, deep thinking book!

Feb 19:  Walkaway, Cory Doctorow
-Science fiction novel

Feb 24: The future of humanity, Michio Kaku
-Very interesting read about where we might be going

Feb 27: Moral Tribes, Joshua Greene 
-Where does our morality come from?

March 3: Essentialism, Greg McKeown
II would recommend this for anyone who recognizes that our modern lives are far too complicated!

March 9: Play, Stuart Brown
This was hugely impactful on me and will be shaping a lot of my future coaching

March 18: The Laws of Human Nature, Robert Greene(not good)
-I thought this book was garbage, overreaching, crap.

March 18: An Edible History of Humanity, Tom Standage
-History from the perspective of food and resources

March 21: Binti, Nnedi Okorafor 
-Science fiction novel

March 26: The Omnivores Dilemma, Michael Pollin 

March 29: Ferment For Good, Sharon Flynn
Great for anyone who wants to get into fermenting

March 29: The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben
-Honestly…this book will blow your mind. What you think you know about trees and forests is not even close!!!!

April 3: Final Days, Gary Gibson
-Science Fiction novel

April 4: Walden, or Life in the Woods, Henry David Thoreau
 – A literary classic and blew my mind. The things we think are the downfall of society today haven’t changed since Thoreaus time. 

April 8: America: The Farewell Tour, Chris Hedged
Interesting read on the state of America

April 13: Just Babies: The Origins of Good And Evil, Paul Bloom 
-It was OK. Simplified and not a unique thought in the entire thing. But if you are unfamiliar with basic human psychology this is a decent place to start

April 15: Ghost Walker, R.D. Lawrence
Interesting read from a true naturalist

April 19: I Contain Multitudes, Ed Yong
Your body is not your own. This is an awesome look at how important your microbiome is, and WHAT your microbiome is!

April 28: Trust Me, I’m Lying, Ryan Holiday
-Read this. You will never read the news or the internet the same way ever again!

May 1: Beyond Religion: Ethics for the Whole World, The Dali Lama
-Interesting, somewhat meandering

May 6: Meat Eater, Steven Rinella
-Smart guy and the most ethical hunter out there. More an autobiography than anything else

May 18: The Primacy of Movement, Maxine Sheets-Johnstone
-This. Is. Dense. It is a textbook of movement and philosophy and required a lot of vocabulary expansion. It will stay with me for a long time.

May 19: Salt, Sugar, Fat: How The Food Giants Hooked Us, Michael Moss
-You have to read this book. You won’t look at processed food the same way again.

May 20: The Genius if Birds, Jennifer Ackerman
-Birds are way more amazing than you think they are

May 22: Leisure: The Basis of Culture, Josef Pieper 
-Very interesting philosophy of what leisure actually is and what it has been bastardized into

May 25: What Makes Olga Run, Bruce Grierson
-Competing at almost 100 years old, a very nice book on the science and psychology of why you should stay fit

May 27: Digital Minimalism, Cal Newport 
-Declutter your digital life, the how to guide.

May 30: Bullies, How The Lefts Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences Americans, Ben Shapiro 
-Not a single legitimate idea or factually relevant idea in the entire book. But hey, important to understand all perspectives

June 6: Mans Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl 
-While based in the holocaust it is not about that. This classic is about how you can overcome anything.

June 7: Range, David Epstein 
-Specialization isn’t always the best idea

June 14: From Here to Eternity, Caitlyn Doughty 
-Or western ideas about death and the body after death are, a little weird. Caitlyn is really fantastic at looking at death and death rituals around the world in an entertaining and very informative way.
-Def recommend!

June 22: The Way We Eat Now, Bee Larson
-This is a MUST read!!!!!

June 22: The Outsider, Stephen King (Worst King book EVER)
-I used to love Stephen King. I no longer do. Terrible.

June 29: The Woman Next Door, Sue Watson (Terrible terrible book) 
-I will no longer trust online reviews for ‘awesome psychological thrillers with a twist’. This book was worse than the Stephan King book.

August 1: The Third Plate, Dan Barber
-brilliant man, amazing chef, changing the world. If you’re not really into cooking and the intricacies of our food systems you probably won’t like this. I loved it! And I got to meet Chef Barber at his restaurant !!!!!

August 12: Blue Remembered Earth, Alastair Reynolds 
-Science fiction novel

August 23: There there, Tommy Orange 
-A very interesting read recommended by a dear friend.

Sept 7: The Second Mountain, David Brooks
-I don’t know why this is so highly recommended. It is pure puritanical, biased, bullshit.

September 14: The Collapsing Empire, John Scalzi
-Science fiction novel

September 23: A Man Called Ove, Frederick Backman
(Easily one of the best reads of my life)
-One of the top of the year and top 5 books of my life

September 23: The Wisdom of Wolves, Jim And Jamie Dutcher 
-Very good book on Wolves and what they can teach us

September 25: Indistractable, Nir Ayal
-Not bad. Again, nothing original or ground breaking.

Oct 9: The Obstacle is the Way, Ryan Holiday 
-I love this author. A great introduction to ancient philosophy.

Oct 10: A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles
-An interesting novel

Oct 24: Talking to Strangers, Malcolm Gladwell
-Great author and interesting book. Not an uplifting book but a necessary conversation to be had

Oct 25: Make Your Bed: Little Things That Change the World, William McRaven
-Watch his famous commencement speech, skip this book

Oct 31: One, None, and A Hundred Thousand, Luigi Pirandello
-An old novel but if you can dig this type of stuff it is mind blowing

November 3rd: Ten Drugs, Thomas Hagar
-A VERY good read about the history of drugs in the world with no agenda

November 5th: The Peter Principle, Lawrence  J. Peter
-Work in an office or for a large organization? Read this.

November 7th: The Lives of Bees, Thomas Seeley 
-More of an actual academic thesis than an interesting read about bees. Don’t recommend.

November 9th: The Soil and Health, Sir Albert Howard
-This book is very important. Maybe a little dry for most. This is the father of the organic movement.

November 20: Last and First Men, William Olaf Stapleton 
-Science fiction novel

November 20: The Sports Gene, David Epstein
-Just how much do your genetics play a role in what you are capable of?

November 27: The Conquest of Happiness, Bertrain Russel
-Early 20th century psychologist. Interesting…have to forgive some of the stereotypes!

November 27: Ego is the Enemy, Ryan Holiday
-Yes. Good. Yes.

December 8: Guitar Zero, Gary Marcus 
-Can anyone learn to play music? At any age? Yes.

Dec 10: This is Your Brain On Music, Daniel Levitin 
-If you want the detailed neuroscience of music and the brain then this is your read!

Dec 15: Underland, Robert Macfarlane 
-A very poetic author and a very interesting read

Dec 19: The Supernova Era, Cixin Liu 
-excellent science fiction novel from a Chinese authoer

Dec 20: American Buffalo, Stephen Rinella 
-the history of the Buffalo, very interesting. This is from a hunter and yes they do hunt a buffalo

Dec 21: The Death of Grass, John Christopher 
-Science fiction novel

Dec 29: You Look Like a Thing and I Love You, Janelle Shane
-You probably don’t really know what all this AI is people are talking about. This is the truth in it.

Dec 31: Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of  The Dead, Olga Tokarczuk 
-Excellent novel

There we go. My list of reads for 2019.
-Coach Taylor

It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish. —S.I. Hayakawa

Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read. —Groucho Marx

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