Books read in 2018

My goal in 2018 was to read 52 books – one book a week. And I did it! I’ve recorded the books I’ve read in 2017, 2016, and 2015, in case you’re curious.

Books reviewed (52) on a 5-star scale (5 being the best):

#1: Thanks, Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years ***** (my write up)

#2: Ultramarathon Man *** (my write up)

#3: The Long Walk **** (my write up)

#4: The Five Temptations of a CEO **** (my write up)

#5: The Revolution of Robert Kennedy: From Power to Protest After JFK **** (my write up)

#6: Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics ***** (my write up)

#7: Everybody Matters **** (my write up) (my notes)

#8: The Trap of Success ***** (my write up)

#9: A River in Darkness: One Man’s Escape from North Korea ***** (my write up)

#10: FDR ** (my write up)

#11: Never Split the Difference **** (my write up)

#12: Natural Born Heroes *** (my write up)

#13: Great by Choice ***** (my write up)

#14: 1776 ***** (my write up)

#15: Do the Kind Thing **** (my write up)

#16: Still Hungry in America ***** (my write up)

#17: Firms of Endearment **** (my write up)

#18: Let My People Go Surfing *** (my write up)

#19: My Year of Running Dangerously ***** (my write up)

#20: The Once and Future Liberal *** (my write up)

#21: Predictable Revenue **** (my write up)

#22: RFK **** (my write up)

#23: Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World *** (my write up)

#24: Living with the Monks *** (my write up)

#25: Wicked Prey **** (my write up)

#26: The Amazing Adventures of a Nobody **** (my write up)

#27: Saturn Run **** (my write up)

#28: The Promise and the Dream **** (my write up)

#29: On to Chicago: Rediscovering Robert F. Kennedy and the Lost Campaign of 1968 ** (my write up)

#30: A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising **** (my write up)

#31: Originals **

#32: Edinburgh Twilight **

#33: Bad Blood ****

#34: Open (Andre Agassi Autobiography) ****

#35: The Great Game of Business *****

#36: The One Thing ***

#37: The Goal ****

#38: The Coming Storm ****

#39: Principles ****

#40: Why We Sleep ****

#41: No Such Thing as a Bad Day ****

#42: Robert F. Kennedy: Ripples of Hope ****

#43: Doughnut Economics ***

#44: Fear *****

#45: The Fifth Risk ** boring and rambling, unfortunately

#46: President Carter: The White House Years ** I’m dying to learn more about President Carter’s life, but this book was just way too detailed about all the goings on that I lost interest pretty quickly.

#47: Elevation **** Another solid Stephen King book. And fairly short!

#48: A Selfish Plan to Change the World ***** (my favorite passages)

#49: The Gatekeepers ***** I really enjoyed this book. I’m definitely into a period of reading about presidents, so this might not be a five-star for everyone, but I couldn’t put it down. Read it in about five days.

#50: The World As It Is **** Excellent book, written by one of Obama’s key staff members. Takes you through the eight years of his presidency. Really good insight to a president that cared and did his best. Remember when they used to do that?

#51: Genius Foods **** Learned a LOT about what foods are healthy for the brain. Some would have given this book five stars, and those would be people who love detailed health and science facts. There was too much of that for me personally, but I am eating more healthy as a result of reading this book…just waiting to get smarter because of it ;)

#52: Good Authority **** Very solid book on how to become a better leader. There are lessons in here that every leader can learn from.