2019 In Books

Each year, I set a reading goal for myself and last year I wanted to read 30 books. I barely missed my goal in 2019 but I am still quite happy with the quality of books I was able to absorb even though I missed my goal.

The Books

  1. The Secret War: Spies, Ciphers, and Guerrillas, 1939-1945
  2. Without a Country
  3. The Snow Gypsy
  4. In the Garden of Beasts
  5. How the Scots Invented the Modern World
  6. * Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
  7. Napoleon: A Life
  8. Where the Desert Meets the Sea
  9. Supermarket
  10. Into Thin Air
  11. A Fire Sparkling
  12. The American Revolution: A History
  13. * Homo Deus: A History of Tomorrow
  14. All the Birds in the Sky
  15. Exit West
  16. Matchmaking for Beginners
  17. * Radical Candor
  18. Tuxedo Park: A Wall Street Tycoon and the Secret Palace of Science That Changed the Course of World War II
  19. * Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
  20. Digging to America
  21. * Rich Dad, Poor Dad
  22. Think and Grow Rich
  23. Billion Dollar Whale
  24. The Book on Rental Property Investing
  25. The Turnkey Revolution
  26. The First World War
  27. When to Rob a Bank: …And 131 More Warped Suggestions and Well-Intended Rants
  28. The Book on Investing in Real Estate with No (and Low) Money Down

The Best of the Bunch

There were some really amazing books this year and I’ve starred my 5 favorite ones in the list above. All of my favorites books this year were non-fiction books that challenged how I think about the world.

Rich Dad, Poor Dad challenged how I think about money and what a real asset is. Essentialism and Radical Candor deeply challenged how I think about work, balance, and relationships. Just Mercy is an incredible story about racism and the justice system in America and how that system behaves. And finally Home Deus is an eye-opening examination about where we’re headed as a society as we develop machines and enhancements that will further the gap between haves and have-nots.

I get a lot of joy out of reading and the money spent on these books is nothing compared to the knowledge and stretching I’ve gotten from reading them!