The Books of 2020
My complete reading list
A few weeks ago, I wrote about my daily reading habit. For several years, I have made it a priority to read at least twenty-five pages per day. This habit was originally inspired by a Farnam Street article that pointed out how tackling big books, the “doorstoppers”, should not intimidate anyone. Even a 1,000 page book can be read in just forty days using the twenty-five pages per day approach.
Over the past few weeks, I received a number inquiries regarding what is on my reading list for this year. This post lists all of the books that I have read this year and it might be useful as a starting point for your holiday shopping.
Jefferson the President: Second Term, 1805-1809, by Dumas Malone, 670 pages.
The House of Morgan by Ron Chernow, 724 pages.
The Jazz of Physics by Stephon Alexander, 232 pages.
Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple’s Greatest Products by Leander Kahney, 274 pages. (link to review)
The Sage of Monticello by Dumas Malone, 535 pages.
Vital Little Plans by Jane Jacobs, 462 pages.
The Odyssey by Homer. Translated by Emily Wilson, 552 pages.
The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman, 524 pages.
Capital Allocation: The Financials of a New England Textile Mill by Jacob McDonough, 176 pages. (link to review)
The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 1: The Path to Power by Robert A. Caro, 780 pages.
The Order by Daniel Silva, 448 pages.
The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 2: Means of Ascent by Robert A. Caro, 440 pages.
The Enchiridion by Epictetus, 37 pages.
The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck, 97 pages.
The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 3: Master of the Senate by Robert A. Caro, 1057 pages.
The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 4: The Passage of Power by Robert A. Caro, 768 pages. I have just started this book and plan to finish it by mid-December.
Several of the books listed above which do not have full reviews are briefly described in my list of summer book recommendations which was published in June. There is also a full archive of all book reviews published on The Rational Walk since 2009.
It is often said that reading a good book is a way of having a “conversation” with the author, whether alive or long dead. These books have consumed many hours of time and most of the “conversations” were well worth the investment.
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