My 2018 Reading List


Last year I read 75 books. If you’re curious to see what I was into I’ve posted the list below by category.


Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature

Alva Noe

Wired for Story

Lisa Cron

The Hero with a Thousand Faces

Joseph Campbell

Fitness / Sports

Eight Weeks to SEALFit

            Mark Divine

Bone Games: Extreme Sports, Shamanism, Zen, and the Search for Transcendence

Rob Schultheis

Mind Over Muscle

Jigoro Kano

The Primal Connection: Follow Your Genetic Blueprint for Health and Happiness

Mark Sisson

Ultramarathon Man

Dean Karnazes

Running with the Mind of Meditation

Sakyong Mipham

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Super Athletes, and the Greatest Race the World has Never Seen

Christopher McDougall

North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail

Scott Jurek

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

Haruki Murakami

Bigger, Leaner, Stronger

Michael Matthews

Graphic Novels

Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven

Brandon Easton

Green Arrow: Vol. 9 Outbreak

Ben Percy

Shirtless Bear-Fighter!

Jody LeHeup


Tom Taylor

Star Wars: Shattered Empire

Greg Rucka

Bitch Planet: Vol 1

Kelly Sue DeConnick

Bitch Planet: Vol 2

Kelly Sue DeConnick

DMZ: Vol 1 On the Ground

Brian Wood

Viking: The Long Cold Fire

Ivan Brandon


James Robinson

The Goddamned: Vol 1

Jason Aaron

The Fade Out: Vol 3

Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips, Elizabeth Breitweiser

Swing: Vol 1

            Linda Sejic, Matt Hawkins, Jenni Cheung


Dan Panosian, Pat Brosseau


American Nations: A History of the Eleven Regional Cultures of North America

Colin Woodard

The Lost City of Z

David Grann

Into Thin Air

Jon Krakauer

The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way

Bill Bryson

Literary Fiction


George Orwell


            Herman Hess


            Aldous Huxley

 White Fang

Jack London

Spoiler Alert


 Personal Growth

 Own the Day, Own Your Life

Aubrey Marcus

 Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win

Jocko Willink


Angela Duckworth

 Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Greg McKeown

10 % Happier: How I Tamed the Voices in my Head, Reduced Stress without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works

            Dan Harris


 The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation

            Thich Nhat Hanh, Mobi Ho

 Musashi’s Dokkodo: The Way of Walking Alone

Miyamoto Musashi

 Be Here Now

Ram Dass

 Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening

Joseph Goldstein

One Dharma

Joseph Goldstein

 Teachings of the Buddha

Jack Kornfield

 The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology

Jack Kornfield

 The Essential Dogen: Writings of the Great Zen Master


 The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma


 Zen Flesh, Zen Bones

Paul Reps

 Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone

Brene’ Brown

 The Three Pillars of Zen

Phillip Kapleau


Crossing Pleasure Avenue

Karen Hildebrand

Mr. &

James Fitzpatrick

Painted Blue with Saltwater

Logan February

The Myth of Man

Alex Vigue

Night Watch

Katy E. Ellis

In The House of My Father

            Hiwot Adilow

General Motors

Ryan Eckes

Science / Social Science

Go Wild: Free Your Body and Mind from the Afflictions of Civilization

            John J. Ratey, Richard Manning

Superhuman: Life at the Extremes of Mental and Physical Ability

            Rowan Hooper

The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease

            Daniel E. Lieberman

Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why

Lawrence Gonzales

Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us about Who We Really Are

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

The Edge of Physics

Anil Ananthaswamy

From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds

Daniel C. Dennett

The Devil’s Teeth: A True Story of Obsession and Survival among America’s Great White Sharks

Susan Casey

Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance

Alex Hutchinson

A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived

Adam Rutherford

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

Yuval Noah Harari

Other Minds: The Octopus, The Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness

Peter Godfrey-Smith

Science Fiction

The Fold

Peter Clines

Ready Player One

Ernest Cline

The Fifth Season

N.K. Jemisin


The Vice Sutra


My novel The Vice Sutra has been accepted for publication, and is being serialized on the site Channillo. If you’d like to check it out memberships cost less than your daily Starbucks, and 80% of the proceeds go to the author. You can get in on my book by following the link here.

Reading at Brescia University


On September 6th I will be reading and signing at Brescia University with poet Daniel Abbott. I’d love to see you there.

The 2017-2018 edition of the St. Ann St. Visiting Writers Series at Brescia University kicks off with a visit from Michael Wayne Hampton of Cincinnati, Ohio and Daniel Abbott of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Hampton is celebrating the release of his debut poetry collection “The Tax For Loving” (Eliezer Tristan Publishing, 2018.) He is also the author of the novella “Roller Girls Love Bobby Knight,” the story collection “Romance for Delinquents,” and a fiction chapbook, “Bad Kids From Good Schools.” He teaches creative writing at the University of Cincinnati-Clermont.

Abbott’s debut novel “The Concrete,” was release this year by IG Publishing. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.



My 2017 Reading List


In 2017 I read sixty books across all genres. A reading list is a snapshot of a time in your life, a scrapbook of pursuits and concerns, and here is mine for 2017 if you’re interested.

1. Becoming Human Jean Vanier
2. Vagabonding Rolf Potts
3. A Brief History of Time Shandiel Beers
4. How Not to Die Michael Greger
5. Intro to Biohacking Ari Meisel
6. Meditations Marcus Aurelius
7. The Chaos of Longing K.Y. Robinson
8. 100 Deadly Skills Clint Emerson
9. The Children’s War and Other Poems Shandiel Beers
10. Beautiful Ruins Jess Walters
11. Portrait of the Alcoholic Kaveh Akbar
12. There are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce’ Morgan Parker
13. What are People For? Wendell Berry
14. Stealing Fire Steven Kotler
15. Flow: The Psychology of Optimum Experience Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
16. What Doesn’t Kill Us Scott Carney
17. The Rise of Superman Steven Kotler
18. A Walk in the Woods Bill Bryson
19. Deep James Nestor
20. The Untethered Soul Michael A. Singer
21. Tao Te Ching Lao Tzu
22. Night Sky with Exit Wounds Ocean Vuong
23. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind Yuval Harari
24. Scalped: Volume 1 Jason Aaron
25. Never Split the Difference Chris Voss
26. Buddhism Plain and Simple Steve Hagen
27. How to Love Thich Nhat Hahn
28. The Nature Fix Florence Williams
29. Kill Your Boyfriend Grant Morrison
30. The Sixth Extinction Elizabeth Kolbert
31. The Methusaleh Project James Lee
32. Become What You Are Alan Watts
33. The Lessons of History Will Durrant
34. Sparta: The Warrior State Revealed James Harper
35. Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging Sebastian Junger
36. The Road to Sparta Dean Karnazes
37. The Awakened Ape Jevan Pradas
38. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry Neal deGrasse Tyson
39. Lumberjanes: Volume 1 Noelle Stevenson
40. A Book of Five Rings Miyamoto Musashi
41. The Power of Habit Charles Duhigg
42. Of Beards and Men Christopher Oldstone-Moore
43. The Way of Men Jack Donovan
44. Spartans Patrick Auerbach
45. The Call of the Wild Jack London
46. Why Buddhism is True Robert Wright
47. Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst Robert Sapolsky
48. The Experience of Insight Joseph Goldstein
49. Lord of the Flies William Golding
50. Learning to Breathe Fire J.C. Herz
51. Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind Shunryu Suzuki
52. The Jungle Books Rudyard Kipling
53. Chasing Excellence Ben Bergeron
54. Girls Gone Old Fiona Helmsley
55. The Havalmal Saemundr Frodi
56. Blood Brotherhood and Other Rites of Male Alliance Jack Donovan
57. Her Body and Other Parties Carmen Machado
58. An Introduction to Zen Buddhism D.T. Suzuki
59. Navy SEAL Self-Discipline Dominic Mann
60. 100 Deadly Skills: Survival Edition Clint Emerson

My Year in Writing 2017


My Year in Writing 2017

This year I’ve focused most of my attention and energy on becoming a better, stronger, and more peacefully-minded person, which has been incredibly beneficial for me, but has also led to my writing suffering more than it should. Next year my focus will be on creation, but in the interest of reflection this is what I have to show for my year in writing.


Most of this year my fiction writing was spent working on the final version of my new novel that is in its home stretch. I can’t wait to send it to my agent so that I can tackle the other books I have outlined, and finish the half-dozen or so stories I have started. With that being said I was fortunate to have three reprints of earlier stories come out this year as well as a new flash fiction piece.

“The Baddest Man in Three Counties,” and “Slow Day at the S.A.” reprinted in Flush Fiction

“Slow Day at the S.A.” additionally reprinted in Paper and Ink Zine

“Target Model” flash fiction printed in Culture Cult Magazine


I sent out poetry for the first time this year, after writing it for the first time in decades. While I still have a few poems out for consideration, I haven’t written poems in earnest for the last six months or more, but am thankful to have had eleven of my poems find a home.

“Teenage Pin-up” poem Zoomoozophone Review

“Capsule” poem Foliate Oak Literary Magazine

“Vellum” poem (b)oink Zine

“Bruises,” and “Your First” poems Voices

“In a House of Dying Men” poem published in Waypoints

“Drive” poem published in Vagabond City

“Séance” poem published in Succor

“How I Write Poetry” poem published in Helen

“Failure,” and “Diary” poems published in Rust and Moth


I wrote an essay reflecting on my fight with major depression, and the feelings of loneliness and abandonment that come with it, and was thrilled to have it published since it’s a hybrid work that’s both scholarly and deeply personal.

“Escaping Loneliness” published in The Manifest Station


I was lucky enough to be interview by author and educator Ben Tanzer for his podcast This Podcast Will Save Your Life

Other random coolness:

In March I got a shout out from Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket) for my novella Roller Girls Love Bobby Knight

I started a Tiny Letter to share with all of you, and have truly enjoyed reading your own work and thoughts.