The Commonchap 2019 & 2020 Reading Lists

Reading is most definitely one of the best ways that I have found to relax, unwind, defrag, and still be efficient with my time. I have found that it is very beneficial to annually put together a list of books that I would like to read. My rules of late for choosing authors or topics are simple; it just has to be interesting to me and drive growth intellectually, ethically, or creatively. I try not to read for entertainment primarily, but I try to pick books that are thought-provoking and that I find enjoyable to digest.

Below is the list of books I intend to tackle this year. There will undoubtedly be others beyond this list but here is the bare minimum:

The Laws of Human Nature – Robert Greene

The Biography of Anton Chekhov – Donald Rayfield

How to Hide an Empire – Daniel Immerwahr

Zero to One – Peter Thiel

The Stoic Challenge – William B. Irvine

Awareness – Anthony de Mello

The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand

Meditations – Marcus Aurelius


In 2019 I finished the following:

Sapiens – Noah Yuval Harari

The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg

The 48 Laws of Power – Robert Greene

Mastery – Robert Greene

Poke the Box – Seth Godin

This is Marketing – Seth Godin

The Dip – Seth Godin

Blink – Malcolm Gladwell

Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell

The Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell

David and Goliath – Malcolm Gladwell

12 Rules for Life – Jordan B. Peterson

The 4-Hour Workweek – Tim Ferriss (Second Reading)

The Go-Giver – Bob Burg and John David Mann

The Magic of Thinking Big – David J. Schwartz