My (Mostly Accurate) 2016 Reading List

Over the summer I started making an effort to keep track of what I’d read in 2016. But since I only started that list in July, my accuracy is questionable. I’m confident about what I’ve read from July until now, but the first half of the year is a bit of a blur. Some of these may have been 2015 reads. Real 2016 reads may have been left off the list. I’m not necessarily a proponent of New Year’s Resolutions, but I will do better next year.

For those who saw the list when I originally put it together back in November, I’ve added three asterisks (***) before each title that is new since then.

Nonfiction
The Age of Sustainable Development – Jeffrey Sachs
Altruism: The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World – Matthieu Ricard
The Art of Happiness – Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler
The Art of Loving – Erich Fromm
***At the Same Time – Susan Sontag
Being Peace – Thich Nhat Hanh
Blood Oil: Tyrants, Violence, and the Rules that Run the World – Leif Weinar
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed – Jared Diamond
College: What It Is, Was, and Should Be – Andrew Delbanco
The Consolations of Philosophy – Alain De Botton
Creating Capabilities – Martha Nussbaum
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead – Brené Brown
Doing Good Better: How Effective Altruism Can Help You Make a Difference – William MacAskill
Empowering Global Citizens: A World Course – Fernando Reimers et al.
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less – Greg McKeown
Ethics – Benedict de Spinoza
***Ethics in the Real World: 82 Brief Essays on Things That Matter – Peter Singer
In Defense of a Liberal Education – Fareed Zakaria
Inside Coca-Cola: A CEO’s Life Story of Building the World’s Most Popular Brand – Neville Isdell and David Beasley
Moral Failure: On the Impossible Demands of Morality – Lisa Tessman
The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values – Sam Harris
***On Inequality – Harry G. Franfurt
On Writing – Stephen King
***Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living – Nick Offerman
Peace Education – Nel Noddings
***The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies – Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee
***Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships – Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethà
Stubborn Attachments: A Vision for a Society of Free, Prosperous, and Responsible Individuals – Tyler Cowen
Sustainable Well-Being: Concepts, Issues, and Educational Practices – edited by Frank Deer et al.
What Kind of Creatures Are We? – Noam Chomsky
Who’s in Charge?: Free Will and the Science of the Brain – Michael S. Gazzaniga
Zen in the Art of Writing – Ray Bradbury

Fiction
11/22/63 – Stephen King
***Back When We Were Grownups – Anne Tyler
The Beautiful and Damned – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Black Tickets – Jayne Anne Phillips
The Bridge of San Louis Rey – Thornton Wilder
The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Course of Love – Alain De Botton
The Dharma Bums – Jack Kerouac
The Idiot – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
***The Imperfectionists – Tom Rachman
Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World – Haruki Murakami
***Horns – Joe Hill
John Dies at the End – David Wong
The Martian Chronicles – Ray Bradbury
Mister Pip – Lloyd Jones
People of the Book – Geraldine Brooks
Rabbit, Run – John Updike
Sharp Objects – Gillian Flynn
The Stranger – Albert Camus
Tender is the Night – F. Scott Fitzgerald
This Side of Paradise – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Happy reading!

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