What I Read in 2009


For 2009, I decided to start actively reading again (something I had done very little of since high school). I managed to get through 38 books and while I’m not exactly setting a goal, I’d like to at least maintain a similar pace this year.

If you just want the highlights, I’d say that Neverwhere, Replay and The Road are at the top of my list as far as fiction is concerned. For non-fiction, Brain Rules, Blink and Trade-Off probably top the list.

Not to say the other books aren’t good - I typically only finish books I enjoy on some level. With as many books as I’d like to read, I don’t see the point in wasting time on a book that doesn’t manage to hold my interest on some level.

  1. Shadows Linger by Glen Cook

  2. The White Rose by Glen Cook

  3. The Dad in the Mirror by Pat Morley

  4. The Rosetta Key by William Dietrich

  5. The Road by Cormac McCarthy

  6. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

  7. Wikinomics by Don Tapscott

  8. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

  9. Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath

  10. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

  11. Convergence Culture by Henry Jenkins

  12. Unleashing the Ideavirus by Seth Godin

  13. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

  14. Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters by Dr. Meg Meeker

  15. American Gods by Neil Gaiman

  16. Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me) by Carol Tavris

  17. Glory Road by Dan Wetzel

  18. Sway by Ori Brafman

  19. Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

  20. A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah

  21. What Would Google Do? by Jeff Jarvis

  22. Dune by Frank Herbert

  23. Crowdsourcing by Jeff Howe

  24. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

  25. Elsewhere U.S.A by Dalton Conley

  26. The Gone-Away World by Nick Harkaway

  27. The Power of Less by Leo Babuta

  28. Old Man’s War by John Scalzi

  29. The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi

  30. The Last Colony by John Scalzi

  31. Play by Stuart Brown

  32. Replay by Ken Grimwood

  33. Trade-Off by Kevin Maney

  34. 1984 by George Orwell

  35. Dying Inside by Robert Silverberg

  36. How We Decide by Jonah Lehrer

  37. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Phillip K. Dick

  38. Brain Rules by John Medina