Continuing the tradition from the last year, I published, on this page, an evolving list of books that I was reading in 2019.

One of my personal goals in 2018 was to read at least one book each month. 2018, for me, was quite a roller-coaster ride and the only time I could initially purpose into reading time was the 1-hour commute to and from work. While it’s a decent stretch of time to read, for most of the year, the stresses of the (former) job, inflexible office timings and the rush hour traffic on trains, made it rather inconvenient to focus or read. However, I tried my best to stay strong to the resolve and persisted. At the end of the year, not only did I meet my goal but was also able to, especially in the last few months, read a couple more books than I had originally targeted.

For 2019, I set my goal to read more books than the year before while still keeping one book a month as the baseline to fall back on. This year, not only was I able to achieve this goal but also able to double the number of books I read through out the year – this, despite my now shorter commute and excluding the days of summer when I biked to work! In addition, I was able to get much more value out of the experience as I focused on reading about topics of interest like personal finance, physics, fitness and sleep, etc. interspersed with novels, non-fiction and other reading.

With the year wrapped up, here’s the final 2019 reading list.

Finished Reading

  • Milk and Honey, Rupi Kaur
  • Beat The Bank, Larry Bates
  • The Big Picture, Sean Carroll
  • The Book of Why, Judea Pearl
  • In a Dark, Dark Wood, Ruth Ware
  • The Fault In Our Stars, John Green
  • The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion
  • Thieves of Bay Street, Bruce Livesey
  • A Noise Downstairs, Linwood Barclay
  • For the Love of Physics, Walter Lewin
  • How Not To Be Wrong, Jordan Ellenberg
  • Economics in One Lesson, Henry Hazlitt
  • The Wealthy Barber Returns, David Chilton
  • The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson
  • Fear: Trump in the White House, Bob Woodward
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Mankind, Yuval Noah Harari
  • The Knowledge Illusion, Steven Sloman, Philip Fernbach
  • Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, Michael Wolff
  • If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face, Alan Alda
  • Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data, Charles Wheelan
  • Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams, Matthew Walker
  • Game Changers: Stories of the Revolutionary Minds Behind Game Theory, Rudolf Taschner
  • The 3 Simple Rules of Investing, Michael Edesess, Kwok L. Tsui, Carol Fabbri, George Peacock
  • Chancing It: The Laws of Chance and How They Can Work For You, Robert Matthews, Larry Gonick
  • Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School, Andrew Hallam

I was reading the following two great books as the year wrapped up, and would continue to read them in 2020:

  • Fast Track Triathlete, Matt Dixon
  • Eat That Frog, Brian Tracy

If you’re curious about other books that I am reading or have read, feel free to check out any of my other reading lists. I would like to close this page with a quote that I strongly relate to:

I’m not saying that you have to be a reader to save your soul in the modern world. I’m saying it helps.

Walter Mosley

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