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Explaining the rating system

Ratings displayed are from 0 to 5. Note to critics of my review system: I tend to stop reading books if they're less than a 3, which is why this list has such a high average rating.

5 - Incredible, ask me to talk about the book and I'll fill your afternoon

4 - I've probably recommended this to one or two people already

3 - Worth a read, but not particularly life-changing 

2 - More bad than good

1 - Utterly and painfully terrible

 

Read in 2018


Read in 2017

  1. The Art of Hearing Heartbeats - Jan-Philipp Sendker (4.25) | Amazon

  2. How to Be Interesting (In 10 Simple Steps) - Jessica Hagy (4.25) | Amazon

  3. Books for Living - Will Schwalbe (4.00) | Amazon

  4. The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well - Meik Wiking (3.75) | Amazon

  5. Elephant Moon - John Sweeney (4.00) | Amazon

  6. The North Water - Ian McGuire (4.50) | Amazon

  7. See Jane Lead: 99 Ways for Women to Take Charge at Work – Lois P. Frankel (3.75) | Amazon

  8. ROAR: How to Match Your Food and Fitness to Your Unique Female Physiology - Stacy Sims (3.75) | Amazon

  9. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less - Greg McKeown (4.00) | Amazon

  10. The Art of War – Sun Tzu (4.00) | Amazon

  11. The Road to Character - David Brooks (3.75) | Amazon

  12. Ego is the Enemy - Ryan Holiday (4.25) | Amazon

  13. A Life Without Limits: A World Champion's Journey - Chrissie Wellington (3.75) | Amazon

  14. The Consolations of the Forest: Alone in a Cabin on the Siberian Taiga - Sylvain Tesson (3.75) | Amazon

  15. True North: Travels in Arctic Europe - Gavin Francis (3.25) | Amazon

  16. The Course of Love - Alain de Botton (3.50) | Amazon

  17. When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times - Pema Chödrön (3.00) | Amazon

  18. Night Sky With Exit Wounds - Ocean Vuong (3.75) | Amazon

  19. Career of Evil - Robert Galbraith (3.50) | Amazon

  20. Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel - Rolf Potts (4.00) | Amazon

  21. The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down: How to Be Calm and Mindful in a Fast-Paced World - Haemin Sunim (4.00) | Amazon

  22. Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative - Austin Kleon (4.50) | Amazon

  23. What Doesn’t Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength - Scott Carney (4.00) | Amazon

  24. The Signature of All Things - Elizabeth Gilbert (3.75) | Amazon

  25. The Return: Fathers, Sons, and the Land In Between - Hisham Matar (4.00) | Amazon

  26. Queen of the Desert: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell - Georgina Howell (4.25) | Amazon

  27. Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life - Bill Burnett and Dave Evans (3.50) | Amazon

  28. Milk and Honey - Rupi Kaur (3.75) | Amazon

  29. How to Love - Thich Nhat Hanh (4.50) | Amazon

  30. Mind of a Survivor: What the Wild Has Taught Me about Survival and Success - Megan Hine (4.25) | Amazon

  31. Set Free: A Life-Changing Journey from Banking to Buddhism in Bhutan - Emma Slade (3.75) | Amazon

  32. How to Relax - Thich Nhat Hanh (3.75) | Amazon

  33. Wind, Sand and Stars - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (4.50, re-read) | Amazon

  34. All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr (4.50) | Amazon

  35. A Whole Life - Robert Seethaler (4.50) | Amazon

  36. The Sun and Her Flowers - Rupi Kaur (3.75) | Amazon

  37. Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (4.25) | Amazon

  38. Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World - Tim Ferriss (4.25) | Amazon

  39. Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone - Brené Brown (3.50) | Amazon

  40. Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! - Richard Feynman (4.50) | Amazon

  41. Awaken The Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Life - Tony Robbins (4.75) | Amazon

 

Poems memorised

"An Irish Airman Foresees His Death" by W.B. Yeats

"Love After Love" by Derek Walcott

First 10 lines of "Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey" by William Wordsworth


Read in 2016

  1. Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World - Cal Newport (4.5) | Amazon

  2. Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur - Derek Sivers (5.0) | Amazon

  3. The Four-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life - Tim Ferriss (3.5)

  4. A Place Called Winter - Patrick Gale (4.0) | Amazon

  5. Gratitude - Oliver Sacks (5.0) | Amazon

  6. A God in Ruins - Kate Atkinson (4.0) | Amazon

  7. Bodies of Light - Sarah Moss (4.25) | Amazon

  8. When Breath Becomes Air - Paul Kalanithi (5.0) this book is incredible... read it! | Amazon

  9. Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break - Anna Brones and Johanna Kindvall (4.0) | Amazon

  10. Modern Romance - Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg (4.5) | Amazon

  11. Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office - Lois P. Frankel (4.0) | Amazon

  12. Aeneid Book VI: A New Verse Translation - Seamus Heaney (4.0) | Amazon

  13. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End - Atul Gawande (4.0) | Amazon

  14. The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country - Helen Russell (3.75) | Amazon

  15. #AskGaryVee: One Entrepreneur's Take on Leadership, Social Media, and Self-Awareness - Gary Vaynerchuck (4.0) | Amazon

  16. Content Machine: Use Content Marketing to Build a 7-Figure Business with Zero Advertising - Dan Norris (4.0) | Amazon

  17. Business for Punks: Break All The Rules - The BrewDog Way - James Watt (4.0) | Amazon

  18. Growth Hacker Marketing: A Primer on the Future of PR, Marketing, and Advertising - Ryan Holiday (3.25) | Amazon

  19. We Should All Be Feminists - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (4.0) | Amazon

  20. Land of the Midnight Sun: My Arctic Adventures - Alexander Armstrong (4.0) | Amazon

  21. The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure - Caroline Paul (4.25) | Amazon

  22. Brave Enough - Cheryl Strayed (4.25) | Amazon

  23. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail - Cheryl Strayed (4.0) | Amazon

  24. Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar - Cheryl Strayed (4.25) | Amazon

  25. #LifeChanger: They did it, so now you can too - Chris Ward (3) | Amazon

  26. Life in the Slow Lane: A Patient Quest for Adventure by Dave Cornthwaite (3.75) | Amazon

  27. Welcome to the Funnel: Proven Tactics to Turn Your Social and Content Marketing up to 11 - Jason Miller (3.75) | Amazon

  28. The Girl in the Spider's Web - David Lagercrantz (4.25) | Amazon

  29. #GIRLBOSS - Sophia Amoruso (3.5) | Amazon

  30. The Obstacle is the Way - Ryan Holiday (4.25) | Amazon

  31. Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate - Cynthia Kim (3.5)| Amazon

  32. On the Move - Oliver Sacks (4.0) | Amazon

  33. Gut: the inside story of our body's most under-rated organ - Giulia Enders (4.0) | Amazon

  34. The Kind Worth Killing - Peter Swanson (3.0) | Amazon

  35. Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is Shaping our Future - Ashlee Vance (3.5) | Amazon

  36. West with the Night - Beryl Markham (4.0) | Amazon

  37. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running - Haruki Murakami (3.5 ) | Amazon

  38. Transfer of Power - Vince Flynn (3.5) | Amazon

  39. The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results - Gary Keller and Jay Papasan (4.5) | Amazon

  40. Living with a SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet - Jesse Itzler (3.5) | Amazon

  41. A Well-tempered Heart - Jan-Philipp Sendker (4.25) | Amazon

  42. The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever - Michael Bungay Stanier (3.0) | Amazon

  43. On Becoming Fearless...in Love, Work, and Life - Arianna Huffington (3.5) | Amazon

  44. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear - Elizabeth Gilbert (4.0)| Amazon

  45. Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers - Tim Ferriss (4.5) | Amazon

  46. Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace) - Chade-Meng Tan (4.0) | Amazon

  47. Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why - Laurence Gonzales (3.5) | Amazon

 


Read in 2015

  1. A Little Life - Hanya Yanagihara

  2. A Wild Sheep Chase - Haruki Murakami

  3. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage - Haruki Murakami

  4. South of the Border, West of the Sun - Haruki Murakami

  5. Everything I Never Told You - Celene Ng

  6. Life and Other Near-Death Experiences - Camille Pagán

  7. Adventures in Human Being - Gavin Francis

  8. Do Story - Bobette Buster

  9. The Reason I Jump - Naoki Higashida

  10. Daily Rituals: How Artists Work - Mason Currey

  11. Flight to Arras - Antoine de Saint-Exupèry

  12. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running - Haruki Murakami

  13. The Places That Scare You - Pema Chödrön

  14. Out Stealing Horses - Per Petterson

  15. Nora Webster - Colm Tóibín

  16. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy

  17. Niebla - Miguel de Unamuno

  18. The Little Friend - Donna Tartt

  19. The Lover’s Dictionary: A Love Story in 185 Definitions - David Levithan

  20. Amongst Women - John McGahern

  21. The Hedgehog and the Fox - Isiah Berlin

  22. Understanding Tolstoy - Andrew D. Kaufman

  23. Focus - Jürgen Wolff

  24. The Art of Being Brilliant - Andy Cope

  25. Thrive - Arianna Huffington

  26. Everybody Writes - Ann Handley

  27. Manage Your Day-to-Day - Jocelyn Glei

  28. Leave Your Mark - Aliza Licht

  29. The Start-up of You - Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha

  30. Developing Talents - Temple Grandin

  31. Marketing: A Love Story: How to Matter to Your Customers - Bernadette Jiwa

  32. Camino de perfección - Pío Baroja

  33. El trovador - Antonio García Gutiérrez

  34. Don Juan Tenorio - Jose Zorrilla

  35. Don Álvaro o la fuerza del sino - Duque de Rivas

  36. Los amantes de Teruel - Juan Eugenio Hartzenbusch

 


Read in 2014

  1. The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories - Marina Keegan

  2. The South - Colm Tóibín

  3. Brooklyn - Colm Tóibín

  4. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves - Karen Joy Fowler

  5. Shadow of a Gunman - Seán O'Casey

  6. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - James Joyce (re-read)

  7. The Collected Poems - W. B. Yeats

  8. A Brief Guide to World Domination - Chris Guillebeau

  9. The Rosie Effect - Graeme Simsion

  10. Fluent Forever: How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget It - Gabriel Wyner

  11. Dead Poets Society - N. H. Kleinbaum

  12. I Am Pilgrim - Terry Hayes

  13. Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything - Joshua Foer

  14. A Study in Scarlet - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

  15. Poems That Make Grown Men Cry - Anthony and Ben Holden

  16. The Silkworm - Robert Galbraith

  17. The Cossacks - Leo Tolstoy

  18. The Secret History - Donna Tartt

  19. Hacking Your Education - Dale J. Stephens

  20. Perfect - Joyce, Rachel

  21. Such Stuff as Dreams: The Psychology of Fiction - Oatley, Keith

  22. Hadji Murad - Tolstoy, Leo

  23. The Grace of Crows - Shawn, Tracy

  24. Resurrection - Tolstoy, Leo

  25. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2) - Rowling, J.K.

  26. The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden - Jonasson, Jonas

  27. The Almost Nearly Perfect People - Booth, Michael

  28. Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption: A Story from Different Seasons - King, Stephen

  29. A Storm of Swords: Blood and Gold (A Song of Ice and Fire #3, Part 2 of 2) - Martin, George R.R.

  30. A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3 part 1) - Martin, George R.R.

  31. In Praise of Slowness: Challenging the Cult of Speed - Honoré, Carl

  32. Maximize Your Potential: Grow Your Expertise, Take Bold Risks & Build an Incredible Career - Glei, Jocelyn K.

  33. A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2) - Martin, George R.R.

  34. The Five Orange Pips and Other Cases - Doyle, Arthur Conan

  35. Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes - Konnikova, Maria

  36. Wind, Sand and Stars - Saint-Exupéry, Antoine de

  37. The Fry Chronicles - Fry, Stephen

  38. The Girl with All the Gifts - Carey, M.R.

  39. The Goldfinch - Tartt, Donna

  40. The Rosie Project - Simsion, Graeme

  41. The Luminaries - Catton, Eleanor

  42. The 4-Hour Work Week - Ferriss, Timothy

  43. Names for the Sea - Moss, Sarah

  44. A Calendar of Wisdom: Daily Thoughts to Nourish the Soul - Tolstoy, Leo