Books Read

A while back I used to keep a list on this site of all the books I bought. I will tell you honestly, I love buying books. Books make me happy. But there can be quite a big difference between the books I buy and the books I read.

I own lots of books that I will never read. They may be collectible editions that I want to keep pristine (so I might have a reading copy and a collectible copy), or they might be reference books that I will read snips and snatches of, but not the whole thing. I also read slowly, so I tend to buy far in advance of my ability to read.

On the other hand, I borrow books from the library and services such as Scribd that I never plan on owning. This is especially true for audiobooks. I know I will never listen to an audiobook twice, so why own it? Even if I do own it, it is a digital file somewhere and the purchase of that honestly doesn’t feel the same as buying a book.

What all this ends up meaning is that the list of books I read is much different from the list of books I buy. So, I decided to start listing out the books I read. Yes, I can and do use services like GoodReads, but I just like the idea of having this all-too-small list here on my own website in simple form.

So, here you have it, in order by when read. The books with an asterisk by them are still in-process.



  • AWOL on the Appalachian Trail – David Miller
  • A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf – John Muir
  • North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail – Scott Jurek
  • On Trails: An Exploration – Robert Moor
  • Outliers: The Story of Success: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire – Neil Gaiman
  • Younger Next Year: Guide to Living Like 50 Until You’re 80 and Beyond – Chris Crowley
  • Just Passing’ Thru: A Vintage Store, The Appalachian Trail, and a Cast of Unforgettable Characters – Winton Porter
  • Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work – Matthew Crawford
  • Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World – Cal Newport
  • Little Brother – Cory Doctorow


  • A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness
  • Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges – Amy Cuddy
  • Encounters with the Archdruid – John McPhee
  • Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening – Marjorie Liu
  • The Longest Road: Overland in Search of America – Philip Caputo