2019 Reading List

2019 Rankings

I kept a running ranking as I read each of the 52 books from the 2019 Books of Titans reading list. Here is my final list. This is the list in order of most to least-enjoyable to me. It doesn’t necessarily reflect the overall quality of the book or its importance. Rather, these are the books that moved me, challenged me, or created great joy in me as I read them.

1The Gulag ArchipeligoAleksandr Solzhenitsyn
2Mere ChristianityC.S. Lewis
3Narrative of the Life of Frederick DouglassFrederick Douglass
4EinsteinWalter Issacson
5EducatedTara Westover
6All the King’s MenRobert Penn
7Killing CommendatoreHaruki Murakami
8FactfulnessHans Rosling
9Can’t Hurt MeDavid Goggins
10Guantanamo DiaryMomamedou Ould Slahi
11The Monk of MokhaDave Eggers
12The Widow of the SouthRobert Hicks
13Franklin: Tennessee’s Handsomest TownJames A. Crutchfield, Robert Holladay
14Devil in the White CityErik Larson
15Small FryLisa Brennan-Jobs
16The Art of X-Ray ReadingRoy Peter Clark
17AI SuperpowersKai-Fu Lee
18Skin in the GameNassim Taleb
19The Coddling of the American MindGreg Lukianoff & Jonathan Haidt
20In XanaduWilliam Dalrymple
21The ProphetsAbraham Heschel
22Building a Story BrandDonald Miller
23Don QuixoteMiguel De Cervantes
24Never Split the DifferenceChris Voss
25The Lessons of HistoryWill & Ariel Durant
26EndureAlex Hutchinson
27Splendor of GodHonoré Willsie Morrow
28MusicophiliaOliver Sacks
29Warnings UnheededAndy Brown
30Murder on the Orient ExpressAgatha Christie
3121 Lessons for the 21st CenturyYuval Noah Harari
32How to Lead When You’re Not in ChargeClay Scroggins
33What Every Body Is SayingJoe Navarro
34The President is MissingBill Clinton and James Patterson
35This is MarketingSeth Godin
36A Higher World (1707 – 1815)Michael Fry
37The Union (Treaty of 1707)Michael Fry
38A New Race of Men (1815 – 1914)Michael Fry
39The Half-Drowned KingLinnea Hartsuyker
40FaustJohann Wolfgang Von Goethe
41Lords of the DesertJames Barr
42PhantasesGeorge MacDonald
43SogJohn L. Plaster
44City of ThievesDavid Benioff
45The Marathon Monks of Mount HieiJohn Stevens
46The Fifth RiskMichael Lewis
47Fit for LifeHarvey Diamond
48Non-Obvious 2019Rohit Bhargava
49The Hero with a Thousand FacesJoseph Campbell
50Man in the MirrorPatrick Morley
51Finding FranklinKatie Shands
52TwilightWilliam Gay

2 Comments.Leave new

  • Thanks a million for the efforts and sharing valuable info.
    Would it be possible to embed links to Amazon from the book titles?

    Wonderful work!

    • Hi Ashok – I’ve added links to each book. They link to each of the book pages on my website and on each of those individual pages, you will find a link to purchase the book or audiobook.


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