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2020

The Body by Bill Bryson (Kindle)

What You Do is Who You Are by Ben Horowitz (Kindle)

The Systems Bible by John Gall

Out of the Shadows: The New Merchants of Grain by Jonathan Kingman (finished 1/19/20) [2 - agribusiness]

 

2019

Vacationland by John Hodgman (Kindle) (finished 11/27/19) [1 - memoir/humor]

The Man Who Solved the Market by Gregory Zuckerman (Kindle) [DNF - 55%, bad writing & stretches available facts]

Talking to Strangers by Malcom Gladwell (Audiobook) (finished 12/25/19) [2 - psychology]

Jack Reacher Books #1-7 by Lee Child (Kindle) (finished 11/14/19) [2 - thriller]

The Price We Pay by Marty Makary (Kindle) (finished 12/26/19) [3 - current events / healthcare]

The Rainmaker by John Grisham (Kindle) (finished 9/15/19) [2 - thriller]

The Firm by John Grisham (Kindle) (finished 9/8/19) [2 - thriller]

Dignity by Chris Arnade (Kindle) (finished 9/3/19) [3 - current events]

Agents of Innocence by David Ignatius (Kindle) (finished 8/27/19) [3 - spy thriller]

Certain to Win by Chet Richards (Kindle) (finished 12/1/19) [3 - business]

Merchants of Grain by Dan Morgan (finished 9/8/19) [2 - history]

Pax by Sara Pennypacker (Kindle) (finished 8/16/19) [2 - children's fiction]

Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen by Larry McMurtry (Kindle) (finished 8/13/19) [1 - memoir]

Fire on the Mountain by Edward Abbey (Kindle) (finished 7/11/19) [2 - fiction]

In Search of Small Gods by Jim Harrison (Kindle) (finished 8/23/19) [2 - poetry]

Joe Country by Mick Herron (Kindle) (finished 7/5/19) [2 - spy thriller]

REAMDE by Neal Stephenson (Kindle) (finished 6/29/19) [2 - sci-fi]

Range by David Epstein (Kindle) (finished 8/10/19) [3 - non-fiction]

The Sheriff of Babylon by Tom King & Mitch Gerads (finished 6/8/19) [1 - graphic novel]

Modern Monopolies by Alex Moazad

Think Twice by Michael J. Mauboussin

Men at Work by George Will (Kindle) [DNF - read 25%, no interest]

K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches by Tyler Kepner (Kindle) (Finished 5/21/19) [2 - sports history]

Trillion Dollar Coach by Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg & Alan Eagle (Kindle) [DNF - read 25%, no interest]

The Gray Man Series #2-8 by Mark Greaney (Kindle) (finished 5/16/19) [2 - thriller/fiction]

Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong (Kindle) (finished 3/22/19) [1 - non-fiction]

London Rules by Mick Herron (Kindle) (finished 3/16/19) [2 - spy thriller]

The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker (Kindle) (finished 5/11/19) [3 - business]

Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger (Kindle) (finished 3/3/19) [3 - philosophy]

The Path to Power (The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Vol. 1) by Robert Caro (Kindle) (finished 3/3/19) [3 - biography]

A Guide to The Logic of Scientific Discovery by Rafe Champion (Kindle) (finished 2/11/19) [1 - philosophy]

High Growth Handbook by Elad Gil (finished 3/21/19) [no rating - reference]

Billion Dollar Whale by Tom Wright & Bradley Hope (finished 1/26/19) [2 - current events]

End Game by David Baldacci (Kindle) (finished 1/20/19) [1 - thriller]

Long Haul: A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road by Finn Murphy (Kindle) (finished 1/18/19) [2 - memoir]

Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman by Richard Feynman (finished 1/12/19) [3 - autobiography]

The Hero With a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell (Audible) [DNF - listened to ~50%, little interest]

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat

The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham (Kindle) (finished 1/4/19) [3 - literary fiction]

The Little Book of Common Sense Investing by Jack Bogle (Kindle) (finished 1/4/19) [3 - investing]

 

2018

The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer (Audible) [DNF - not interesting/useful]

The Quiet American by Graham Greene (Kindle) (finished 12/23/18) [1 - fiction]

The Spy and the Traitor by Ben MacIntyre (Audible) (finished 12/10/18) [3 - history]

Oathbringer (Stormlight Archive #3) by Brandon Sanderson (Kindle) (finished 12/5/18) [2 - fantasy]

Do the Work by Steven Pressfield (Kindle) (finished 11/16/18) [1 - self-help]

Radical Candor by Kim Scott (Audible) (finished 11/30/18) [2 - business/management]

Letters to a Young Scientist by Edward O. Wilson (Audible) (finished 11/9/18) [2 - memoir]

Chop Wood Carry Water by Joshua Metcalf (Audible) (finished 11/7/18) [1 - self-help]

Stubborn Attachments by Tyler Cowen (finished 11/13/18) [3 - philosophy]

Measure What Matters by John Doerr (Audible) (finished 11/2/18) [2 - business]

Words of Radiance (Stormlight Archive #2) by Brandon Sanderson (Kindle) (finished 11/21/18) [2 - fantasy]

The Way of Kings (Stormlight Archive #1) by Brandon Sanderson (Kindle) (finished 10/20/18) [3 - fantasy]

Heretics by G. K. Chesterton (Kindle) (finished 10/17/18) [no rating - essays]

7 Powers: The Foundations of Business Strategy by Hamilton Helmer (Kindle) (finished 11/3/18) [3 - business]

The Law by Frederic Bastiat (finished 10/3/18) [3 - political philosophy]

The Fish That Ate The Whale: The Life and Times of America's Banana King by Rich Cohen (Kindle) (finished 10/10/18) [3 - biography/history]

The Gray Man by Mark Greaney (Kindle) (finished 9/29/18) [1 - thriller]

Off Speed: Baseball, Pitching and the Art of Deception by Terry McDermott (finished 9/22/18) [2 - sports non-fiction]

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry (Kindle) (finished 9/4/18) [3 - fiction]

Men to Match My Mountains by Irving Stone (finished 8/15/18) [3 - history]

Skin in the Game by Nassim Taleb (Kindle) (finished 9/9/18) [3 - philosophy]

Astroball by Ben Reiter (Kindle) (finished 8/10/18) [2 - sports non-fiction]

The Courage to Be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga (Kindle) (finished 8/17/18) [3 - philosophy]

Legends of the Fall by Jim Harrison (Kindle) (finished 7/31/18) [3 - literary fiction]

Storm In A Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life by Helen Czerski (Audible) (finished 10/10/18) [2 - science]

The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Handselman (Kindle) (finished 7/24/18) [2 - philosophy]

Dear Chairman by Jeff Gramm (Audible) (finished 7/2/18) [2 - history/finance]

On Grand Strategy by John Lewis Gaddis (Audible) (finished 4/27/18) [2 - history/philosophy]

The Kremlin's Candidate by Jason Matthews (Kindle) (finished 5/1/18) [3 - thriller]

The Prize by Daniel Yergin (Kindle) (finished 7/20/18) [3 - history]

What I Learned Losing A Million Dollars by Brendan Moynihan (Kindle) (finished 4/14/18) [2 - memoir/investing]

The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason (finished 4/5/18) [1 - personal finance]

The Friendly Orange Glow by Brian Dear (Kindle) (finished 4/8/18) [2 - history]

The Art of Literature by Arthur Schopenhauer (Kindle) (finished 3/5/18) [no rating - philosophy]

Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (Kindle) (finished 3/17/18) [3 - philosophy]

On Liberty by John Stuart Mill (Kindle) (finished 3/3/18) [no rating - philosophy]

The Might Have Been by Joseph Shuster (Kindle) (finished 2/24/18) [1 - sports/fiction]

Between The World And Me by Te-Nehisi Coates (Kindle) (finished 2/23/18) [2 - philosophy/memoir]

Thinking in Bets by Annie Duke (Kindle) (finished 3/3/18) [2 - business/psychology]

Discipline Equals Freedom: Field Manual by Jocko Willink (finished 2/16/18) [2 - life]

Basketball and Other Things by Shea Serrano (Kindle) (finished 2/18/18) [1 - sports/pop culture]

Fallen Leaves by Will Durant (Kindle) (finished 2/22/18) [2 - philosophy/memoir]

The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz (Kindle) (finished 2/9/18) [3 - business/leadership]

Quantitative Value by Wesley Gray & Tobias Carlisle (finished 2/2/18) [2 - investing]

Adaptive Markets by Andrew Lo (Kindle) (finished 1/27/18) [2 - economics/psychology]

East of Eden by John Steinbeck (Kindle) (finished 1/5/18) [3 - literary fiction]

Seeking Wisdom - From Darwin to Munger by Peter Bevelin (finished 1/17/18) [3 - life]

A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy by William Irvine (Kindle) (finished 1/19/18) [2 - philosphy]

Value: The Four Cornerstones of Corporate Finance by Tim Koller, Richard Dobbs, & Bill Huyett (Kindle) (finished 1/13/18) [1 - business]

 

2017

Your Complete Guide to Factor-Based Investing by Andrew L. Berkin & Larry E. Swedroe (Kindle) (finished 12/22/17) [2 - investing]

Originals by Adam Grant (Audiobook) (finished 12/19/17) [2 - psychology]

Quantitative Momentum by Wesley Gray & Jack Vogel (Kindle) (finished 12/13/17) [2 - investing]

Margin of Safety by Seth Klarman (Kindle) (finished 12/13/17) [1 - investing]

Cryptoassets by Chris Burniske and Jack Tatar (Kindle) [DNF - not useful]

DIY Financial Advisor (Kindle) by Wesley Gray & Jack Vogel (finished 12/09/17) [2 - investing]

The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui (Kindle) (finished 12/8/17) [2 - graphic novel/memoir]

Troublemakers: Silicon Valley's Coming of Age by Leslie Berlin (Kindle) (finished 12/14/17) [2 - history]

Origin by Dan Brown (Kindle) (finished 11/17/17) [1 - thriller]

Extreme Ownership by Lief Babin & Jocko Willink (Kindle) (finished 11/25/17) [3 - leadership]

A Trader's First Book on Commodities by Carley Garner (Kindle)(finished 12/10/17) [2 - investing/reference]

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari (Kindle) (finished 11/23/17) [3 - history/philosophy]

Algorithms To Live By by Brian Christian & Tom Griffiths (Kindle) (finished 11/19/17) [2 - science]

Flash Boys by Michael Lewis (Kindle) (finished 11/12/17) [2 - finance]

Win Bigly by Scott Adams (Kindle) (finished 11/9/17) [1 - current events/psychology]

Sons of Wichita by Daniel Shulman (Kindle) (finished 11/5/17) [1 - biography]

Rivers Out of Eden by Richard Dawkins (finished 11/4/17) [2 - science]

Lessons of History by Will & Ariel Durant (finished 10/6/17) [3 - history/philosophy]

Principles by Ray Dalio (Kindle) (finished 11/12/17) [2 - business/philosophy]

Anything You Want by Derek Sivers (Kindle) (finished 9/13/17) [1 - business]

Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss (Kindle) (finished 9/13/17) [3 - business]

Nexus Trilogy (Nexus, Crux, Apex) by Ramez Naam (finished 9/8/17) [2 - scifi/thriller]

Shoe Dog by Phil Knight (Kindle) (finished 9/4/17) [2 - business/memoir]

Power Broker by Robert Caro (finished 10/24/17) [3 - biography]

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson (Kindle) (finished 8/26/17) [1 - science]

On Trails by Robert Moor (Kindle) (finished 7/24/17) [2 - history/nature/philosophy]

Business Adventures by John Brooks (Kindle) (finished 7/14/17) [1 - business]

Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book by Walker Percy (Kindle) [DNF - could not engage]

Retreat of Western Liberalism by Edward Luce (Kindle) (finished 6/24/17) [0 - current events]

Camino Island by John Grisham (Kindle) (finished 6/23/17) [1 - thriller]

Masters of Doom by David Kushner (Kindle) (finished 6/19/17) [2 - business]

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan (Kindle) (finished 6/15/17) [2 - memoir]

The Outsiders by William Thorndike (Kindle) (finished 5/30/17) [3 - business]

Slough House Series (Books 1-4) by Mick Herron (Kindle) (finished 5/24/17) [2 - thriller]

Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang (Kindle) (finished 4/10/17) [3 - literary fiction]

Shop Class as Soulcraft by Matthew Crawford (Kindle) (finished 3/31/17) [2 - philosophy]

Tools of Titans by Tim Ferris [DNF - lost interest]

Joy On Demand by Chade-Meng Tan (Kindle) [DNF - lost interest]

True Faith and Allegiance by Mark Greaney (Kindle) (finished 01/14/16) [1 - thriller]

 

2016

How To Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid (Kindle) (finished 12/26/16) *****

Berlin Game by Len Deighton (Kindle) (finished 12/25/16) *****

Death's End by Cixin Liu (Kindle) (finished 10/21/16) *****

I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes (Kindle) (finished 9/17/16) *****

Rules for a Knight by Ethan Hawke (Kindle) (finished 9/12/16) *****

Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein (Kindle) (finished 8/22/16) *****

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (finished 8/21/16) *****

Palace of Treason by Jason Matthews (Kindle) (finished 7/7/16) *****

Mistborn: Secret History by Brandon Sanderson (Kindle) (finished 6/27/16) *****

Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography by David Michaelis (finished 6/25/16) *****

Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews (Kindle) (finished 5/8/16) *****

The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi (finished 5/8/16) *****

The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu (Kindle) (finished 4/18/16) *****

The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu (Kindle) (finished 4/9/16) *****

The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday (Kindle) (finished 3/11/16) *****

The Food Lab by J. Kenji López-Alt (finished 2/13/16) *****

Mistborn Trilogy (Books 1-3) by Brandon Sanderson (Kindle) (finished 1/25/16) *****

High Output Management by Andy Grove (finished 1/3/16) *****

 

2015

Tom Clancy's Commander-in-Chief by Mark Greaney (Kindle) (finished 12/28/15) *****

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck (finished 12/27/15) *****

Start Here Now: An Open-Hearted Guide to the Path and Practice of Meditation by Susan Piver (finished 12/27/15) *****

The Guilty by David Baldacci (Kindle) (finished 11/25/15) *****

The Forever War by Joe Haldeman (Kindle) (finished 10/26/15) *****

Old Man's War (Books 5-6) by John Scalzi (Kindle) (finished 9/22/15) *****

How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big (Kindle) (finished 9/3/15) *****

Thunderstruck by Erik Larson (finished 8/11/15) ****

A River Runs Through It and Other Stories by Norman Maclean (Kindle) (finished 8/4/15) *****

Ike's Bluff: President Eisenhower's Secret Battle to Save the World by Evan Thomas (Kindle) (finished 8/2/15) *****

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance (Kindle) (finished 7/5/15) *****

Exploring Calvin and Hobbes: An Exhibition Catalog by Bill Watterson (finished 7/4/15)

Declare by Tim Powers (Kindle) (finished 7/3/15) *****

The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey (Kindle) (finished 4/9/15) *****

Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey (Kindle) (finished 4/2/15) *****

Old Man's War (Books 1-4) by John Scalzi (Kindle) (finished 3/28/15) *****

Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene (finished 2/5/15) *****

The Target by David Baldacci (Kindle) (finished 1/17/15) *****

Full Force and Effect by Tom Clancy / Mark Greaney (Kindle) (finished 1/11/15) *****

 

2014

Support and Defend by Tom Clancy / Mark Greaney (Kindle) (finished 12/29/14) *****

The Wheel of Time (Complete Series 1-14) by Robert Jordan (Kindle) (finished 11/22/14) *****

Zero to One by Peter Thiel (Kindle) (finished 10/5/14) *****

The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz (Kindle) (finished 4/17/14) *****

Empire Series 1-4 by Anthony Riches (Kindle) (finished 3/6/14) *****

 

2013

To Sell is Human by Daniel Pink (finished 12/29/13) *****

Command Authority by Tom Clancy (Kindle) (finished 12/24/13) *****

Peopleware by Tom DeMarco & Timothy Lister (finished 12/28/13) *****

Small Giants by Bo Burlingham (Kindle) (finished 12/22/13) *****

Oil 101 by Morgan Downey

Levels of the Game by John McPhee (finished 11/24/13) *****

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (finished 10/4/13) *****

The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth (Kindle) (finished 9/29/13) *****

The Hit by David Baldacci (Kindle) (finished 9/1/13) *****

Inferno by Dan Brown (finished 8/27/13) *****

The Innocent by David Baldacci (finished 8/22/13) *****

The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore (finished 8/1/13) *****

The Art of War by Sun Tzu (translated by Thomas Cleary) (finished 7/31/13) *****

Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War by Robert Coram (finished 7/29/13) *****

Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey (finished 7/30/13) *****

Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse (finished 4/28/13) *****

The Inimitable Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse (Kindle) (finished 3/30/13) *****

The Art of Betrayal: The Secret History of MI6

This Will Make You Smarter: 150 Ways to Improve Your Thinking by John Brockman (Kindle) (abandoned @ 17%) *****

A Field Guide for the Hero's Journey by Jeff Sandefer & Rev. Robert A Sirico (finished 2/16/13) *****

 

2012

The 4 Hour Chef by Timothy Ferris (finished 1/5/13) *****

The Warrior Ethos by Steven Pressfield (finished 12/23/12) *****

Threat Vector by Tom Clancy (Kindle) (finished 12/28/12) *****

Virtually True by Adam L. Penenberg (Kindle) (finished 12/8/12) *****

How to Measure Anything by Douglas W. Hubbard (finished 11/11/12)*****

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein (Kindle) (finished 9/26/12) *****

Dune by Frank Herbert (Kindle) (finished 9/14/12) *****

The Power Broker by Robert Caro

The Watchers by Jon Steele (Kindle) (finished 6/30/12) *****

How Will You Measure Your Life by Clayton M Christensen (Kindle) (finished 6/25/12) *****

Managing Humans by Michael Lopp (Kindle) (finished 6/3/12) *****

The Fourth Protocol by Frederick Forsyth (Kindle) (finished 5/26/12) *****

The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss (Kindle) (finished 3/27/12) *****

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (Kindle) (finished 3/24/12) *****

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain (finished 3/11/12) *****

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (Kindle) (finished for second time 3/5/12) *****

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (Kindle) (finished for second time 3/3/12) *****

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Kindle) (finished for second time 3/2/12) *****

Great by Choice by Jim Collins (Kindle) (finished 2/10/12) *****

 

2011

Hemingway's Boat by Paul Hendrickson

Launching The Innovation Renaissance by Alex Tabarrok (Kindle) (finished 12/30/11) *****

Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman (Kindle)

Inheritance by Christopher Paolini (Kindle) (finished 12/11/11) *****

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson (Kindle) (finished 11/16/11) *****

Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength by Roy F. Baumeister & John Tierney (Kindle) (finished 10/30/11) *****

Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely (Kindle) (finished 10/20/11) *****

Smiley's People by John Le Carre (Kindle) (finished 8/16/11) *****

The Honourable Schoolboy by John Le Carre (Kindle) (finished 8/5/11) *****

The Great Stagnation by Tyler Cowen (Kindle) (finished 7/3/11)

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John Le Carre (finished 7/2/11) *****

The Spy That Came in From the Cold by John Le Carre (finished 6/11/11) *****

Drive by Daniel Pink (finished 6/5/11) *****

Too Many Bosses, Too Few Leaders by Rajeev Peshawaria (finished 5/28/11) *****

Adapt by Tim Harford (finished 5/28/11) *****

In the Plex by Steven Levy (finished 4/24/11) *****

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand (finished 2/20/11) *****

The Facebook Effect by David Kirkpatrick (finished 1/8/11) *****

 

2010

Dead or Alive by Tom Clancy (finished 12/28/10) *****

Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War by Karl Malantes (Nook) (finished 1/5/11) *****

The Financial Lives of Poets by Jess Walter (finished 11/28/10) *****

New York: The Novel by Edward Rutherford (finished 12/5/10) *****

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins (finished 9/23/10-9/25/10) *****

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (finished 9/5/10) *****

Rework by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson (finished 9/4/10) ***** (Review)

Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh (finished 9/4/10) ***** (Review)

Eagle in the Snow by Wallace Breem (finished 9/14/10) *****

The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande (finished 8/22/10) *****

The Spy by Clive Cussler (Nook) (finished 7/9/10) *****

The Magicians by Lev Grossman (finished 7/6/10) *****

The Wrecker by Clive Cussler (Nook) (finished 6/30/10) *****

The Chase by Clive Cussler (Audiobook) (finished 6/22/10) *****

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Steig Larsson (Nook) (finished 5/31/10) *****

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan (Audiobook) (finished 5/22/10) *****

The Templars by Michael Haag (abandoned pg 80 august '10)

Lost to the West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire That Rescued Western Civilization by Lars Brownworth (finished 5/15/10) *****

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (Audiobook & Nook) (finished 4/26/10) *****

Founders at Work by Jessica Livingston (finished 4/26/10) *****

The Noticer by Andy Andrews (finished 3/15/10) *****

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (Audiobook) (finished 3/6/10) *****

The Founding Brothers by Joseph J. Ellis (read to pg. 80 and abandoned) *****

Percy Jackson & The Olympians by Rick Riordan (whole series) (finished 2/22/10) *****

The Audacity to Win by David Plouffe (finished 2/7/10) *****

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Complete Set, Volume 1) (Nook)(read first 300 pgs out of 800, 3/1/10) *****

The Girl Who Played With Fire by Steig Larsson (Nook) (finished 1/11/10) *****

What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell (Audiobook) (finished 2/17) ****

 

2009

The Book of Basketball by Bill Simmons (Nook) (finished 1/5/10) *****

The Sign by Raymond Khoury (Audiobook) (finished 1/7/09) *****/p>

Up in the Air by Walter Kirn (finished 12/6/09) *****

Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson (Audiobook) (finished 11/15/09) *****

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (finished 11/8/09) *****

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (Audiobook) (finished 10/2/09) *****

The Informant by Kurt Eichenwald (finished 10/7/09) *****

Your Money & Your Brain by Jason Zweig (finished 10/14/09) *****

American Lion by Jon Meacham (Audiobook) (finished 9/14/09) *****

How the Mighty Fall by Jim Collins (Audiobook) (finished 8/14/09) ****

Americana by Hampton Sides (finished 12/31/09) *****

The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded American is Tearing Us Apart by Bill Bishop ( read 1/3 and abandoned) *****

Liberation: Being the Adventures of the Slick Six After the Collapse of the United States of America by Brian Francis Slattery (finished 7/20/09) *****

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson (finished 7/4/09) *****

Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr by Christopher Paoloini (finished 6/20/09) *****

The Yiddish Policeman's Union by Michael Chabon (finished 6/10/09) *****

The Sun Also Rises by Earnest Hemingway (finished 6/5/09) *****

Emergency by Neil Strauss (finished 4/30/09) *****

Armageddon in Retrospect by Kurt Vonnegut (finished 5/09) *****

On Writing Well by William K. Zinsser (abandoned, more useful as reference) *****

Churchill's Hour by Michael Dobbs (finished 4/23/09) *****

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell (finished 3/6/09) *****

The Republic by Plato (Translated by Allan Bloom) (stars are inappropriate)

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie (finished 2/14/09) *****

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace (abandoned by page 180) ****

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (abandoned by page 213) *****

 

2008

World Without End by Ken Follett (finished 12/1/08) *****

The English Major by Jim Harrison (finished 11/23/08) *****

The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder (finished 11/2/08) *****

The Closing of the American Mind by Allan Bloom (read half and abandoned) *****

Watchmen by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons (finished 10/15/08) *****

Hot, Flat, & Crowded by Thomas Friedman (abandoned early November) *****

Irrational Exuberance by Robert J. Shiller (read half and abandoned) *****

Shooter by Jack Coughlin (finished mid-September) *****

Cities of the Plain by Cormac McCarthy (finished 8/18/08) *****

War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy (abandoned for now @ approx. pg. 200)

Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (finished 8/10/08) *****

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson (finished 7/24/08) *****

All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy (finished 7/15/08) *****