Tuesday, August 26, 2014

BOOKS | 100 Books to Read 2014

A new year is beginning, and it is time to get back to some tradition. I intend to read more in 2014. A long time ago, I started an annual list of 100 books that I would like to read in a year. While I have never actually completed all 100 books, I like how it directed my reading. I really do read more when I have an aspirational list.
So here is the 100 Books to Read List 2014 - it is still a work in progress - but past experience has taught me that the 100 titles will fill itself up in due course. As you start reading again, you will want to read more.
So here it is:
  1. A History of the World in Twelve Maps • Jerry Brotton
  2. Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence • Rick Hanson
  3. Running and Being • Dr George Sheehan
  4. The Trauma of Everyday Life • Mark Epstein
  5. Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom • Rick Hanson
  6. The Wisdom of Yoga: A Seeker's Guide to Extraordinary Living • Stephen Cope
  7. The Sanity We Are Born With: A Buddhist Approach to Psychology • Chogyam Trungpa
  8. Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism • Chogyam Trungpa
  9. Smile at Fear: Awakening the True Heart of Bravery • Chogyam Trungpa
  10. The Emotional Life of Your Brain: How Its Unique Patterns Affect the Way You Think, Feel, and Live--and How You Can Change Them • Richard J. Davidson & Sharon Begley
  11. Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar--Your Brain's Silent Killers • David Perlmutter & Kristin Loberg
  12. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West • Dee Brown
  13. Blue Plate Special: An Autobiography of My Appetites • Kate Christensen
  14. The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals • Michael Pollan
  15. In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto • Michael Pollan
  16. Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation • Michael Pollan
  17. Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History • S. C. Gwynne
  18. Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child • Bob Spitz
  19. Love Your Enemies: How to Break the Anger Habit & Be a Whole Lot Happier • Sharon Salzberg
  20. Provence, 1970: M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, and the Reinvention of American Taste • Luke Barr
  21. Running with the Buffaloes: A Season Inside with Mark Wetmore, Adam Goucher, and the University of Colorado Men's Cross Country Team • Chris Lear
  22. The Round House: A Novel Paperback • Louise Erdrich
  23. The Road of Lost Innocence • Somaly Mam
  24. The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present • Eric Kandel
  25. The Source of All Things: A Memoir • Tracy Ross
  26. No Time to Lose: A Timely Guide to the Way of the Bodhisattva •  Pema Chodron
  27. Give and Take • Adam Grant
  28. Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them • Joshua Greene
  29. The Social Neuroscience of Education: Optimizing Attachment and Learning in the Classroom • Louis Cozolino
  30. Quiet: The Power of Introverts • Susan Cain
  31. The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot • Robert MacFarlane
  32. A Tale for the Time Being • Ruth Ozeki
  33. David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants • Malcolm Gladwell
  34. S. Rajaratnam on Singapore: From Ideas to Reality • edited by Kwa Chong Guan
  35. When Women Were Birds: Fifty-Four Variations on Voice • Terry Tempest Williams
  36. Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation • Sharon Salzberg
  37. Hild • Nicola Griffith
  38. Cave in the Snow • Vicki Mackenzie
  39. Lady Audley's Secret • Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  40. The Names of the Rose • Umberto Eco
  41. Dune • Frank Herbert
  42. The Stars My Destination • Alfred Bester
  43. Jane Eyre • Charlotte Bronte
  44. The Windup Girl • Paolo Bacigalupi
  45. Regenesis • C.J. Cherryh
  46. Among Others • Jo Walton
  47. Ready Player One • Ernest Cline
  48. The City & The City • China Miéville
  49. Their Eyes Were Watching God • Zora Neale Hurston
  50. A Fine Balance • Rohinton Mistry
  51. The 1963 Operation Coldstore in Singapore • Edited by Poh Soo Kai, Tan Kok Fang & Hong Lysa
    [ 01/01/2014 ~
  52. Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith • Anne Lamott
    [ 15/10/2013 ~
  53. How to Meditate: A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind • Pema Chodron
    [ 27/01/2014 ~
  54. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success • Carol Dweck
    [ 30/01/2014 ~
  55. An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace • Tamar Adler
    [ 10/02/2014 ~
  56. The Goldfinch • Donna Tartt
    [ 14/03/2014 ~
  57. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage • Haruki Murakami
    Translated from the Japanese by Philip Gabriel
    [ 12/08/2014 ~
  58. The Devil's Star • Jo Nesbø
    Translated from Norwegian by Don Bartlett
    [ 28/07/2014 ~
  59. Nemesis • Jo Nesbø
    Translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett
    [ 19/07/2014 ~ 28/07/2014 ]
  60. Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence • Daniel Goleman
    [ 04/11/2013 ~ 01/01/2014 ]
  61. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running • Haruki Murakami
    [ 02/01/2014 ~ 27/01/2014 ]
  62. The Hunger Games • Suzanne Collins
    [ 31/01/2014 ~ 08/02/2014 ]
  63. Catching Fire • Suzanne Collins
    [ 08/02/2014 ~ 09/02/2014 ]
  64. Mockingjay • Suzanne Collins
    [ 09/02/2014 ~ 10/02/2014 ]

2 comments:

Melwyk said...

Some great books there -- I find I also read more when I have a list to spur me onward. I think that's the appeal of reading challenges for me, the aspirational lists.

darkorpheus said...

I seem to be reading less fiction these days though. I wonder why the change. Fiction lately just feels less interesting.