The Books of 2020

Published on November 26, 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. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

  1. The Ride of a Lifetime by Robert Iger, 247 pages. (link to review)
  2. Margin of Trust: The Berkshire Business Model by Lawrence Cunningham and Stephanie Cuba, 135 pages. (link to review)
  3. The Great Mental Models, Volume 1 by Shane Parrish, 189 pages. (link to review)
  4. Alchemy by Rory Sutherland, 357 pages. (link to review
  5. Jefferson the President: Second Term, 1805-1809, by Dumas Malone, 670 pages.
  6. The House of Morgan by Ron Chernow, 724 pages.
  7. The Jazz of Physics by Stephon Alexander, 232 pages. 
  8. Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple’s Greatest Products by Leander Kahney, 274 pages. (link to review)
  9. The Sage of Monticello by Dumas Malone, 535 pages.
  10. The Great Influenza of 1918 by John M. Barry, 465 pages. (link to review)
  11. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer, 1147 pages. (link to related article)
  12. The Great Mental Models, Volume 2 by Shane Parrish, 397 pages. (link to review)
  13. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl, 165 pages. (link to related article)
  14. The Power Broker by Robert A. Caro, 1169 pages. (link to review)
  15. The Joys of Compounding by Gautam Baid, 382 pages. (link to review
  16. From Butler to Buffett by Murray Light, 396 pages. (link to review
  17. Vital Little Plans by Jane Jacobs, 462 pages. 
  18. The Odyssey by Homer. Translated by Emily Wilson, 552 pages.
  19. The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman, 524 pages.
  20. Lighthouse: Women Leading the Way in Finance by Maya Peterson, 161 pages. (link to review
  21. Capital Allocation: The Financials of a New England Textile Mill by Jacob McDonough, 176 pages. (link to review)
  22. The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 1: The Path to Power by Robert A. Caro, 780 pages.
  23. The Order by Daniel Silva, 448 pages.
  24. The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 2: Means of Ascent by Robert A. Caro, 440 pages.
  25. The Psychology of Money by Morgan Housel, 238 pages. (link to review)
  26. The Enchiridion by Epictetus, 37 pages.
  27. The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck, 97 pages.
  28. The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 3: Master of the Senate by Robert A. Caro, 1057 pages.
  29. 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.
  30. The Bible1070 pages. The Bible is surprisingly easy to read over the course of the year with a time investment of just 10-15 minutes per day.

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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