I still read about half of the books digitally on my tablet through Amazon Kindle, and the other half is a combination of library, borrowed from friends, gifts, and purchased hardcovers and paperback books.
Riding trains between Manhattan and the suburbs affords me time to read that I otherwise might not manage to find. I keep that in mind when the commute gets to me – which it does on occasion.
What are you reading? You should always be able to answer that question from a family member or friend.
Here are the 25 from 2018 – each review in ten words or less.
National Pastime: U.S. History Through Baseball By Martin C. Babicz, Thomas W. Zeller
Baseball’s story within its appropriate historical context. Really good read.
Raising Ross – Laurie Rubin
My close friend writes about life with her autistic son.
Aja– Don Breithaupt
Yes an entire book about one groundbreaking Steely Dan album.
Why We Sleep – The New Science of Sleep and Dreams – Matthew Walker
Renowned sleep expert reveals the purpose and power of slumber
Principles – Ray Dalio
My one 2018 audiobook. Long and often interesting, not always.
An American Caddie At St. Andrews – Ollie Horowitz
Funny, irreverent, and not so much appreciated by the caddies.
The War For China’s Wallet – Shaun Rein
An American born marketer living in China assesses the future.
Sapiens: A brief history of humankind – Yuval Noah Har
The subject was more interesting than some of the reading.
The Hard Thing About Hard Things – Ben Horowitz
Enjoyable and jarring at times – not a bad thing.
The Patient Will See You Now – Dr. Eric Topol
Nodded my head all the way through.
Steely Dan FAQ – Anthony Robustelli
I’m a fan, he’s a fan. You get it.
Bad Blood – John Carreyou
The upcoming movie can’t be as good as this book.
The Hard Bargain – David Tucker
A would-be opera singer turned eye doctor’s story. Sweet.
Irresistible: The Rise Of Addictive Technology And The Business Of Keeping Us Hooked – Adam Alter
Truly, scary, and something we should all be concerned with.
Two Years At St. Andrews – George Peper
Former U.S. based Golf Digest writer moves across the pond.
Artemis: Andy Weir
Author of The Martian writes another compelling story.
The Innovators – Walter Isaacson
A somewhat long but yet still a page turning book.
Eternal Sonata – Jamie Metzl
Disturbing and thought-provoking story about achieving eternal life.
Breakthrough – Michael C. Grumley
Humans finally communicating with dolphins, aliens underwater. Somehow it works.
Astroball – Ben Reiter
Modern day version of ‘Moneyball’ and just as interesting.
Navigating Japan’s Business Culture – Robert Charles Azar
American thirty-year Japan business veteran’s advice on what works.
Abundance – The Future is Better Than You Think – Peter Diamandis and Steven Kottler
2012 book with a very compelling title and uplifting message.
On The Origins of Sports: The Early History and Original Rules of Everybody’s Favorite Games – Gary Beisky and Thomas W. Zeller
How various sports originated and the rules that evolved.
There were a few that did not make the list because I did not finish them.
Read more books in 2019. You can do this!