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.

# Book Author
1 The Gulag Archipeligo Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
2 Mere Christianity C.S. Lewis
3 Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Frederick Douglass
4 Einstein Walter Issacson
5 Educated Tara Westover
6 All the King’s Men Robert Penn
7 Killing Commendatore Haruki Murakami
8 Factfulness Hans Rosling
9 Can’t Hurt Me David Goggins
10 Guantanamo Diary Momamedou Ould Slahi
11 The Monk of Mokha Dave Eggers
12 The Widow of the South Robert Hicks
13 Franklin: Tennessee’s Handsomest Town James A. Crutchfield, Robert Holladay
14 Devil in the White City Erik Larson
15 Small Fry Lisa Brennan-Jobs
16 The Art of X-Ray Reading Roy Peter Clark
17 AI Superpowers Kai-Fu Lee
18 Skin in the Game Nassim Taleb
19 The Coddling of the American Mind Greg Lukianoff & Jonathan Haidt
20 In Xanadu William Dalrymple
21 The Prophets Abraham Heschel
22 Building a Story Brand Donald Miller
23 Don Quixote Miguel De Cervantes
24 Never Split the Difference Chris Voss
25 The Lessons of History Will & Ariel Durant
26 Endure Alex Hutchinson
27 Splendor of God Honoré Willsie Morrow
28 Musicophilia Oliver Sacks
29 Warnings Unheeded Andy Brown
30 Murder on the Orient Express Agatha Christie
31 21 Lessons for the 21st Century Yuval Noah Harari
32 How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge Clay Scroggins
33 What Every Body Is Saying Joe Navarro
34 The President is Missing Bill Clinton and James Patterson
35 This is Marketing Seth Godin
36 A Higher World (1707 – 1815) Michael Fry
37 The Union (Treaty of 1707) Michael Fry
38 A New Race of Men (1815 – 1914) Michael Fry
39 The Half-Drowned King Linnea Hartsuyker
40 Faust Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
41 Lords of the Desert James Barr
42 Phantases George MacDonald
43 Sog John L. Plaster
44 City of Thieves David Benioff
45 The Marathon Monks of Mount Hiei John Stevens
46 The Fifth Risk Michael Lewis
47 Fit for Life Harvey Diamond
48 Non-Obvious 2019 Rohit Bhargava
49 The Hero with a Thousand Faces Joseph Campbell
50 Man in the Mirror Patrick Morley
51 Finding Franklin Katie Shands
52 Twilight William Gay

2 Comments. Leave new

  • Ashok hemmige
    January 27, 2020 7:19 am

    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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