40 Books

With the help of some friends I now have the following list of 40 books to read over the course of the next year. The single criteria was that I couldn’t have previously read the book. Beyond that if it either came with a recommendation from a friend or struck my fancy it was going on the list.

With a two-year old constantly clamoring for my attention during her waking hours, I have limited time to sit down and read these days. To complete this challenge I’ll have to cheat a little. I intend to make full use of audiobooks and the Audible app. It’s not as immersive as curling up blocking out the world while escaping into the pages, but I figure this way I can double up on my achievements. Train for a marathon – read a book. Who says men can’t multi-task?

So without further ado, here’s the list:

  1. The Brothers Karamazov
  2. e
  3. Fifteen Dogs
  4. Ishmael
  5. Solaris
  6. The Three Body problem
  7. Success Principles
  8. Atlas Obscura
  9. The World According to Garp
  10. The Psychopathy Test
  11. Morning’s at Seven
  12. A History of Western Science
  13. The Shack
  14. The Lost City of Z
  15. Neuromancer
  16. The Elegant Universe
  17. Stories of your Life and Others
  18. Mrs. Dalloway
  19. A Tale for the Time Being
  20. The Wind in the Willows
  21. The Great Gatsby
  22. The Fault in our Stars
  23. The Grapes of Wrath
  24. In Our Time
  25. Anna Karenina
  26. The Information
  27. A House for Mr. Biswas
  28. Bleak House
  29. Howards End
  30. The Art of Racing in the Rain
  31. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
  32. The Eight
  33. Flow
  34. St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves
  35. Beloved
  36. Telegraph Avenue
  37. My Stroke of Insight
  38. Snow Crash
  39. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
  40. The Wisdom of No Escape


Goodnight Moon (2/12/2017) - I finished Karen Russell’s collection of short stories today. For the past ten days or so Russell has been entertaining me with her stories on my way to and from work and pretty much anywhere else I choose to drive. There’s no way that I can do justice to her writing with a review. I […]