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My Year in Books
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The Zombie Survival Guide Deck by Max Brooks
Shortest Book
The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes
Longest Book

Average book length in 2019

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
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Good Derivatives by Richard L. Sandor
Least Shelved
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Max’s average rating for 2019

The Spy and the Traitor by Ben Macintyre
Highest Rated on Goodreads
4.36 average

The Revolt of The Public and the Crisis of Authority in the N... by Martin Gurri

Max’s first review of the year

it was amazing
"The Revolt of the Public" is what Tyler Cowen refers to as a "quake book" - I can't see the world the same after reading it. This book is criminally underappreciated, as I write this review it only has 11 ratings on Amazon. Writing in 2014, former CIA analyst Martin Gurri looks out at the world and sees Occupy Wall Street, Brexit, and the Arab Spring and wonders if these populist uprisings are isolated incidents or part of a larger trend (the 20 ...more

The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X
Shah of Shahs by Ryszard Kapuściński
it was amazing
Cyrus the Great by Xenophon
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Cornbread Mafia by James Higdon
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
The Third Revolution by Elizabeth C. Economy
Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Tactical Manual by Max Alexander
The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine
Educated by Tara Westover
The Boxer Rebellion and the Great Game in China by David J. Silbey
The Way of the Strangers by Graeme Wood
The Bluegrass Conspiracy by Sally Denton
really liked it
Tyrant by Stephen Greenblatt
Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer
What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia by Elizabeth Catte
The Motorcycle Diaries by Ernesto Che Guevara
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
The Revolt of The Public and the Crisis of Authority in the N... by Martin Gurri
it was amazing
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Coyote America by Dan Flores
H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
Iago by Harold Bloom
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.
Boyd by Robert Coram
State Capture by Alex Hertel-Fernandez
Kissinger on Kissinger by Winston Lord
Why Most Things Fail by Paul Ormerod
Growth Hacker Marketing by Ryan Holiday
The Woman in the Water by Charles Finch
The Once and Future King by T.H. White
The Supreme Court by Jeffrey Rosen
The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain
it was amazing
Medicus by Ruth Downie
Nature's Fortune by Mark R. Tercek
The Nonexistent Knight by Italo Calvino
How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan
Revolution 2.0 by Wael Ghonim
Betraying Big Brother by Leta Hong Fincher
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
How to Hide an Empire by Daniel Immerwahr
it was amazing
The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman
Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker
Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
The Dark Side by Jane Mayer
really liked it
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
How the Classics Made Shakespeare by Jonathan Bate
Fatherland by Robert   Harris
Good Derivatives by Richard L. Sandor
The Mastermind by Evan Ratliff
Valiant Ambition by Nathaniel Philbrick
The German Generals Talk by B.H. Liddell Hart
John Dies at the End by David  Wong
Fall, or Dodge in Hell by Neal Stephenson
The Spy and the Traitor by Ben Macintyre
really liked it
The Accidental Guerrilla by David Kilcullen
An Officer and a Spy by Robert   Harris
Call for the Dead by John le Carré
Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Death in Venice and Other Tales by Thomas Mann
A Murder of Quality by John le Carré
Andrew Jackson by H.W. Brands
The Spy Who Came In from the Cold by John le Carré
The Looking Glass War by John le Carré
The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy by John J. Mearsheimer
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
it was amazing
The Value of Everything by Mariana Mazzucato
Lock In by John Scalzi
Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal
Tiny House Designing, Building, & Living by Andrew Morrison
The Honourable Schoolboy by John le Carré
Surprise, Kill, Vanish by Annie Jacobsen
Living by the Gun in Chad by Marielle Debos
Smiley's People by John le Carré
really liked it
Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe
The Zombie Survival Guide Deck by Max Brooks
The Secret Pilgrim by John le Carré
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
A Legacy of Spies by John le Carré
The Absent Superpower by Peter Zeihan
More from Less by Andrew McAfee
it was amazing
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
A Country of Vast Designs by Robert W. Merry
The Devil of Nanking by Mo Hayder
Trillion Dollar Coach by Eric Schmidt
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell
The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes
it was amazing
Freedom's Forge by Arthur Herman
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
Xi Jinping by Richard McGregor
The Spanish Civil War by Paul Preston
The Radicalism of the American Revolution by Gordon S. Wood
Wild Swans by Jung Chang
The Black Jacobins by C.L.R. James
SPQR by Mary Beard

More from Less by Andrew McAfee

Max’s last review of the year

it was amazing
Did you know the world's paper consumption peaked in 2013 and total global paper use has been declining ever since? Or that since 1982, America has taken an area the size of Washington State out of cultivation while simultaneously increasing total crop tonnage by 35%?

Welcome to the power of "dematerialization." I first encountered this idea while reading Buckminster Fuller's 1969 "Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth," although he called it "ephe
2019 Reading Challenge Img rccompleted
Max Nova read 101 out of 100 books.
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