Yearly Reading Lists


My 2017 Reading List

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 2018 Reading List


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

 Injustice            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

 Airboy            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

Slots            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

1984            George Orwell

Sidharta             Herman Hess

Island            Aldous Huxley

 White Fang            Jack London

Spoiler Alert            xTx

 Personal Growth

 Own the Day, Own Your Life            Aubrey Marcus

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

 Grit            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            Dogen

 The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma            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

My 2019 Reading List


Bruce Lee: A Life

Matthew Polly

Fitness / Sports

Motivation: Stories from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Blackbelts

Chuck Rylant

The Way of the Iceman

Wim Hof

A Roadmap for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Stephan Kesting

Pranayama: The Vedic Science of Breath


Run for Your Life

Mark Cucuzzella

Good to Go: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn from the Strange Science of Recovery

Christie Aschwanden

Play On: The New Science of Elite Performance at Any Age

Jeff Bercovici

Running With the Buffaloes

Chris Lear

A Killing Art

Alex Gillis

Speed Boxing Secrets

Sammy Franco

The Rise of the Ultra Runners

Adharanand Finn

Beyond Training

Ben Greenfield

Becoming Supernatural

Joe Dispenza

The Warrior Monk Philosophy of Trainer Cus D’Amato

Brett McKay

Non-fiction (General)

A Death on Diamond Mountain

Scott Carney

Digital Minimalism

Cal Newport

Guns, Germs, and Steel

Jared Diamond


Robert Greene

Feral: Re-wilding the Land, the Sea, and Human Life

George Monbiot

The Body: A Guide for Occupants

Bill Bryson


Philosophy / Religion

Zen and the Birds of Appetite

Thomas Merton

Autobiography of a Yogi

Paramanhansa Yogananda

Discipline Your Mind

Zoe McKey

The Way of Chuang Tzu


Wherever You Go, There You Are

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Stillness is the Key

Ryan Holiday


General Motors

Ryan Eckes


Diana Raab

Piano Rats

Franki Elliot

Science (General)

Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body

Daniel Goleman

Science Fiction

The United States of Japan

Peter Tieryas

Futuristic Violence in Fancy Suits

David Wong


Several Short Sentences About Writing

Verlyn Klinkenborg