My 2017 Reading

At the bottom of every post, I put a book or two that I am currently reading. I don’t do this to show off. I do it because:

1) I’m interested in what other people are reading.

2) I think there might be people who would be interested in what I’m reading.

3) I love going to a blog and discovering a new book that interests me.

So, I decided to put together a list of books, fiction and nonfiction, that I read over the last year (and two from 2016). I don’t think this list is exhaustive, but it’s what I could gather. I don’t necessarily endorse all of these books, but found them interesting enough to finish. It also might give you a window into some of my interests. I have marked a few I particularly enjoyed/found the most interesting with a single asterisk.

So, if you’re interested…


Glitz – Elmore Leonard

Touch – Elmore Leonard

Bandits – Elmore Leonard

*Freaky Deaky – Elmore Leonard

Gone Tomorrow – Lee Child

*The Given Day – Dennis Lehane

*Live By Night – Dennis Lehane

*World Gone By – Dennis Lehane

Since We Fell – Dennis Lehane

IT – Stephen King (Honestly, I didn’t finish this. Got about 70% of the way through before I realized I was skimming—which is a shame because I have loved his longer works before like The Stand or Under the Dome)


The Church of Scientology: A History of a New Religion– Hugh B. Urban

*Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief – Lawrence Wright

*The Terror Years: From al-Qaeda to the Islamic State – Lawrence Wright

The United States of Paranoia: A Conspiracy Theory – Jesse Walker

The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature – Steven Pinker

Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win – Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

Letters to a Young Contrarian – Christopher Hitchens

Daily Rituals: How Artists Work – Mason Currey

*The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit – Michael Finkel

The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream – Tyler Cowen

*The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains – Nicholas Carr

The Essential Kierkegaard by Søren Kierkegaard edited by Howard V. Hong and Edna H. Hong (Unfinished)

Outliers: The Story of Success – Malcom Gladwell

Raising the Floor: How a Universal Basic Income Can Renew Our Economy and Rebuild the American Dream – Andy Stern with Lee Kravitz

So You’ve Been Publically Shamed – Jon Ronson

The Butterly Effect – Jon Ronson (Audio book)

*Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces – Radley Balko

**The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion – Jonathan Haidt

**The End of Doom: Environmental Renewal in the Twenty-first Century – Ronald Bailey

Take what you will from this. There are a few great reads here!

*I recommend

**Read in 2016—I recommend

What I’m reading now:

The Green Mile – Stephen King

Procrastination: Why You Do It, What to Do About It NOW by Jane B. Burka, PhD and Lenora M. Yuen, PhD

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