Books, Read (2013–2020)

In 2013 I set a goal to read one book per month. Turns out I just like reading. This post will be updated as books are completed and years pass.

Full library here. Recommendations welcome!

Last updated January 5, 2021


  1. The Incompletes by Sergio Chejfec
  2. Like a Thief in Broad Daylight: Power in the Era of Post-Human Capitalism by Slavoj Žižek
  3. The Divinity Student by Michael Cisco
  4. On Writing by Jorge Luis Borges
  5. To Rouse Leviathan by Matt Cardin and Mark McLaughlin
  6. Semiotic Animal: A postmodern definition of human being transcending Patriarchy and Feminism by John Deely
  7. Myth and Meaning: Cracking the Code of Culture by Claude Lévi-Strauss
  8. The Taiga Syndrome by Christina Rivera Garza
  9. The Wounds of the Dead by Vikram Paralkar
  10. Komodo by Jeff VanderMeer
  11. A Natural History of Hell by Jeffery Ford
  12. The Pocket Rumi edited by Kabir Helminski
  13. The Framework of Language by Roman Jakobson
  14. The Glass Hotel by Emily St John Mandel
  15. Loving to Know: Covenant Epistemology by Esther Lightcap Meek
  16. Utopia by Thomas More
  17. To Know As We Are Known by Parker Palmer
  18. In the Seat of a Stranger's Car by Beau Flemister
  19. Theory of Type Design by Gerard Unger
  20. What the Heck is EOS? by Gino Wickman
  21. Be The Bridge: Pursuing God’s Heart for Racial Reconciliation by Latasha Morrison
  22. The Sellout by Paul Beatty
  23. Earwig by Brian Catling
  24. A Peculiar Peril by Jeff VanderMeer
  25. This World is Full of Monsters by Jeff VanderMeer
  26. The People in the Castle by Joan Aiken
  27. Symbol, Myth, and Culture by Ernst Cassirer
  28. Out of Body by Jeffrey Ford
  29. Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell
  30. The Houseguest by Amparo Dávila
  31. Underland by Robert Macfarlane
  32. Speaker of Ma’ila by Trenton Anthony
  33. Stoner by John Williams
  34. Thus Were Their Faces by Silvia Ocampo
  35. The Silence by Don DeLillo
  36. Signs by Thomas Sebeok
  37. Under the Sea by Mark Leidner
  38. Songs of a Dead Dreamer and Grimscribe by Thomas Ligotti
  39. The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu
  40. Magic: A History by Chris Gosden
  41. The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates


  1. Fox 8 by George Saunders
  2. Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis
  3. Moderan by David R. Bunch
  4. Air Guitar: Essays on Art and Democracy by Dave Hickey
  5. Lets Go (So We Can Get Back) by Jeff Tweedy [audiobook]
  6. Anthem by Ayn Rand
  7. Phantastes By George MacDonald
  8. Florida by Lauren Groff
  9. Laws of Media: The New Science by Marshall McLuhan and Eric McLuhan
  10. Mr. Pye by Mervyn Peake
  11. The Stranger from Paradise: A Biography of William Blake by G.E. Bentley
  12. The Wanderer by Timothy J. Jarvis
  13. The Hero and the Outlaw: Building Extraordinary Brands Through the Power of Archetypes by Margaret Mark and Carol Pearson
  14. Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  15. The Door to Saturn by Clark Ashton Smith
  16. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  17. Member by Michael Cisco
  18. An Alien Heat, Volume One of “The Dancers at the End of Time” by Michael Moorcock
  19. The Hollow Lands, Volume Two of “The Dancers at the End of Time” by Michael Moorcock
  20. The End of All Song, Volume Three of “The Dancers at the End of Time” by Michael Moorcock
  21. The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
  22. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  23. Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
  24. Tremendous Trifles by G. K. Chesterton
  25. ABC of Relativity by Bertrand Russell
  26. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  27. The Wide, Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies by John Langan
  28. Half Gods by Akil Kumarasamy
  29. The Light is the Darkness by Laird Barron
  30. Recursion by Blake Crouch
  31. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
  32. The Drowned Life by Jeffrey Ford
  33. Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore
  34. 33⅓: Master of Reality by John Darnielle
  35. 33⅓: Reign in Blood by D. X. Ferris
  36. Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin
  37. Crackpot Palace by Jeffrey Ford
  38. The Attributes of God by A. W. Tozer
  39. African Folk Tales edited by Charlotte & Wolf Leslau
  40. Hawaiian Mythologies by Martha Beckwith
  41. Circe by Madeline Miller
  42. Upstream by Mary Oliver
  43. Tell Them of Battles, Kings, and Elephants by Mathias Énard
  44. Warren by Brian Evenson
  45. The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander
  46. Wood Beyond the World by William Morris
  47. Dead Astronauts by Jeff VanderMeer
  48. A Collapse of Horses by Brian Evenson
  49. The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead


  1. The Rings of Saturn by W. G. Sebald
  2. Postmodernism in Pieces by Matthew Mullins
  3. Mythologies by Roland Barthes
  4. In The Distance by Hernan Diaz
  5. The Changeling by Victor LaValle
  6. The Secret Lives of Color by Kassia St Clair
  7. The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi
  8. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
  9. The Accusation by Bandi
  10. Semiotics: The Basics by Daniel Chandler
  11. In Praise of Shadows by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki
  12. The History of Bees by Maja Lunde
  13. The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck
  14. Language, Truth and Logic by Alfred Jules Ayer
  15. The Narrator by Michael Cisco
  16. When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris
  17. Elements of Semiology by Roland Barthes
  18. In the River by Jeremy Robert Johnson
  19. The Weight of Glory by C. S. Lewis
  20. Crystal Eaters by Shane Jones
  21. Contradict by Andy Wrasman
  22. The Afflictions by Vikram Paralkar
  23. White Tears by Hari Kunzru
  24. The Solid Form of Language by Robert Bringhurst
  25. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  26. Aickman’s Heirs edited by Simon Strantzas
  27. Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges
  28. Unlanguage by Michael Cisco
  29. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
  30. The Shape of Things: A Philosophy of Design by Vilém Flusser
  31. Largesse of the Sea Maiden by Denis Johnson
  32. Embassytown by China Miéville
  33. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
  34. The Cloven by Brian Catling
  35. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  36. The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt
  37. Blow-up, and other stories by Julio Cortázar
  38. In The Darkroom by Susan Faludi
  39. CivilWarLand in Bad Decline by George Saunders
  40. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
  41. Deeper Into Pictures by Flint Schier
  42. Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala
  43. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
  44. A Little Manual for Knowing by Esther Lightcap Meek
  45. Boy in Darkness, and Other Stories by Mervyn Peake
  46. Jim Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones
  47. Crandolin by Anna Tambour
  48. Book of Mercy by Leonard Cohen
  49. Compass by Mathias Énard
  50. Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah


  1. Time Travel by James Gleick
  2. Don’t Read This Book by Donald Roos
  3. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
  4. Sprint by Jake Knapp
  5. Universal Harvester by John Darnielle
  6. Culture Making by Andy Crouch
  7. Benjamin Franklin by Carl van Doren
  8. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks
  9. Symbols: A Handbook for Seeing by Mark Fox and Angie Wang
  10. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
  11. Intercom on Starting Up by Intercom
  12. Discipline and Punish by Michel Foucault
  13. Borne: A Novel by Jeff Vandermeer
  14. The Boats of the Glen Carrig by William Hope Hodgson
  15. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison
  16. The Stranger by Albert Camus
  17. This is Not a Pipe by Michel Foucault
  18. What’s Best Next by Matt Perman
  19. The Strange Bird by Jeff Vandermeer
  20. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
  21. The Vorrh by Brian Catling
  22. Asteroid Made of Dragons of G. Derek Adams
  23. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
  24. Bernini in Rome: Gian Lorenzo Bernini and the Baroque in Rome by Paul den Arend
  25. The Erstwhile by Brian Catling
  26. Brand New: The Shape of Brands to Come by Wally Olins
  27. The North Water by Ian McGuire
  28. The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
  29. The Fisherman by John Langan
  30. The Sarah Book by Scott McLanahan
  31. Stephen Florida by Gabe Habash
  32. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell


  1. Goya by Robert Hughes
  2. Reading Like A Writer by Francine Prose
  3. The Presidency of George Washington by Forrest McDonald
  4. Essentialism by Greg McKeown
  5. Dissident Gardens by Jonathan Lethem
  6. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  7. Language and Myth by Ernst Cassirer
  8. Wonder by A. J. Palacio
  9. The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson
  10. Dog Stars by Peter Heller
  11. The Everlasting Man by G. K. Chesterton
  12. Area X: The Southern Reach: Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer
  13. Area X: The Southern Reach: Authority by Jeff Vandermeer
  14. Area X: The Southern Reach: Acceptance by Jeff Vandermeer
  15. The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard
  16. The Princess and The Goblin by George MacDonald
  17. The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra
  18. The Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis
  19. Slade House by David Mitchell
  20. The Hike by Drew Magary
  21. Zero K by Don DeLillo


  1. Simulacra and Simulation by Jean Baudrillard
  2. Caravaggio: Painter of Miracles by Francine Prose
  3. You and Me Forever by Francis and Lisa Chan
  4. The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
  5. Tenth of December by George Saunders
  6. The Medium is the Massage by Marshall McLuhan
  7. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
  8. Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets, and Philosphers by Leonard Koren
  9. Basics of Semiotics by John Deely
  10. Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton
  11. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Expuréry
  12. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
  13. Proof by Daniel Montgomery and Timothy Paul Jones
  14. Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee
  15. Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design by Michael Bierut


  1. Color Psychology and Color Therapy by Faber Birren
  2. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  3. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  4. Paul Rand: Conversations with Students by Michael Kroeger
  5. Emotional Branding by Marc Gobé
  6. Just My Type by Simon Garfield
  7. Wild at Heart by John Eldredge
  8. The Strategic Designer by David Holston
  9. Common Sense by Thomas Paine
  10. Confessions by St Augustine
  11. Love Wins by Rob Bell
  12. Erasing Hell by Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle
  13. Manufacturing Consent by Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman
  14. EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey
  15. Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle


  1. How To Be A Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul by Adrian Shaughnessy
  2. The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst
  3. God in a Cup: The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Coffee by Michaele Weissman
  4. Designing Brand Identity by Alina Wheeler
  5. Brand Identity Essentials
  6. The Shape of Design by Frank Chimero
  7. Design is a Job by Joe Montero
  8. The 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player by John C. Maxwell
  9. ideaSelling by Sam Harrison
  10. Ways of Seeing by John Berger
  11. A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers
  12. Let The Great World Spin by Colum McCann
  13. Design As Art by Bruno Munari
  14. On Writing by Stephen King
  15. The Creative Gift by H. R. Rookmaaker
  16. The Beginner’s Guide to Colour Psychology by Angela Wright
  17. Purity of the Heart is to Will One Thing by Søren Kierkegaard

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