Earlier this year, I commented on the way Goodreads, social media tool,  connected-with and enabled my interest in minimalism and reducing the amount of stuff in my life.

The tool kept me, at least in part, motivated to track my reading….it has been many years since I’ve either tracked my reading or registered a personal best in numbers of pages and books read.  This year appears to be one of my better years at over 31k pages and some 115 books.  Following are a few “top picks”:

5 Books That Kept Me Eager For Reading

  1. The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
  2. Patient HM by Luke Dittrich
  3. Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford
  4. Why Does The World Exist by Jim Holt
  5. Free Speech by Timothy Garton Ash

5 Books That Kept Me Eager For Reading and Writing Poetry

  1. The Bughouse: The Poetry, Politics and Madness of Ezra Pound by Daniel Swift
  2. Pigeon by Karen Solie
  3. Rooms for Rent in the Outer Planets by Al Purdy
  4. Why Poetry by Matthew Zapruder
  5. Concrete and Wild Carrot by Margaret Avison

5 Books I’m Glad I Read A Second (Or Third, Or Fourth….) Time

  1. Beowulf
  2. The Story of Philosophy by Wil Durant
  3. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig
  4. Grendel by John Gardner
  5. Classic Haiku translated by Yuzuru Maiura

5  More Books that Will Stick With Me

  1. A Crack in Creation by Jennifer Doudna and Samuel Sternberg
  2. Other Minds by Peter Godfrey-Smith
  3. Surfing With Sartre by Aaron James
  4. Goodbye Things by Fumio Sasaki
  5. Intelligence in the Modern World by John Dewey