2020 Reading List

2020 Rankings


I kept a running ranking as I read each of the 45 books from the 2020 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 Bible
2The Great GatsbyF. Scott Fitzgerald
3Crime & PunishmentFyodor Dostoevsky
4AntifragileNassim Nicholas Taleb
5Frederick Douglass: Prophet of FreedomDavid W. Blight
6Our HopeDmitrii Dudko
7The Highlander’s Last SongGeorge MacDonald
8The AeneidVirgil
9Destiny DisruptedMir Tamim Ansary
10The RomanovsSimon Sebag Montefiore
11The Great DivorceC.S. Lewis
12Blood MeridianCormac McCarthy
13The Power and the GloryGraham Greene
15Where Crawdads SingDelia Owens
16Draft No. 4John McPhee
17The Handmaid’s TaleMargaret Atwood
18Permanent RecordEdward Snowden
19Brave New WorldAldous Huxley
20The Wind-Up Bird ChronicleHaruki Murakami
21Between the World and MeTa Nehesi Coates
22Furious HoursCasey Cep
23Life of WallaceJames Paterson
24Bel CantoAnn Patchett
25MausArt Spiegelman
26And Then There Were NoneAgatha Christie
27RangeDavid Epstein
28Peace Like a RiverLeif Enger
29The Orphan MotherRobert Hicks
30The Sacred RomanceJohn Eldredge
31Letters from an AstrophysicistNeil deGrasse Tyson
32Teaching a Stone to TalkAnnie Dillard
33StruckRuss Ramsey
34David CrockettMichael Wallis
35BachGreg Wilbur
36Survivor’s ObligationJoel Thor Neeb
37News of the WorldPaulette Jiles
38The Storm-Tossed FamilyRussell Moore
39The Ballad of Songbirds and SnakesSuzanne Collins
40The Quick AdiosTom Corcoran
41Non Obvious MegatrendsRohit Bhargava
42The Truths We HoldKamala Harris
43Promises to KeepJoe Biden
44Where You GoCharlotte Pence
45Crippled AmericaDonald Trump

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2019 Rankings