Lists, Lists, Lists

Reading List 2019

  • I Might Regret This by Abbi Jacobson (autobiographical)
  • Calypso by David Sedaris (autobiographical: reread)
  • Barrel Fever by David Sedaris (autobiographical: reread)
  • The Tao of Bill Murray by Gavin Edwards (biographical)
  • The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty (fun fiction read)
  • You’re on an Airplane by Parker Posey (autobiographical)
  • Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert (creative-inspirational: friend recommendation)
  • Please Stop the Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey (silly fun read)
  • Squeaky Poems by Jack Handey (silly fun read)
  • Dear Mr. You by Mary-Louise Parker (autobiographical)
  • Post Office by Charles Bukowski (autobiographical: reread)
  • Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski (autobiographical)
  • Catching the Big Fish by David Lynch (creative-inspirational: friend recommendation)

I think I read more this year than last year, and would like to read even more in 2020 (I’ll probably start with Cal Newport’s Digital Minimalism to inspire me to invest in less screen-oriented ‘activity’ in the new year). Autobiographies were the thing in 2019, and that makes sense to the subconscious me, on my own voyage of self-rediscovery after losing said self before we moved from NJ and our crazy art business there.

Some titles I’d like to read in the start of the new decade:

  • Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport (psych/self-help)
  • The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin (psych/self-help: friend recommendation)
  • 52 Lists for Calm by Moorea Seal (psych/self-help)
  • The Gratitude Diaries by Janice Kaplan (psych/self-help: friend recommendation)
  • This Book Will Change Your Life: 365 Daily Instructions for Hysterical Living by Benrik (creative-inspirational)
  • Everything that Can Happen in a Day by David Horvitz (creative-inspirational)
  • The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine N. Aron, Ph.D. (non-fiction/psych/self-help)
  • I’m Just Here for the Drinks by Sother Teague (history/recipe: gift from a friend)
  • Mockingbird Wish Me Luck by Charles Bukowski (poetry/autobiographical)
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (fiction: gift from a friend)
  • David Sedaris Diaries: A Visual Compendium edited by Jeffrey Jenkins (creative-inspirational/autobiographical: signed copy!)

I’d like to finish the following:

  • The Nine Rooms of Happiness by Lucy Danziger and Catherine Birndorf, M.D. (psych/self-help)
  • Just When You’re Comfortable in Your Own Skin, it Starts to Sag by Amy Nobile and Trisha Ashworth (psych/self-help)
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain (non-fiction)
  • Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries by Kory Stamper (history/non-fiction: signed {by now-friend} copy!)
  • A Year in the Life of Andy Warhol by David Dalton with photographs by David McCabe (biographical: gift from a friend)

Worth a re-read:

  • Journal of a Solitude by May Sarton (autobiographical)
  • The World According to Mr. Rogers by Fred Rogers (autobiographical/inspirational: gift from a friend)
  • Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…and it’s all small stuff by Richard Carlson (psych/self-help)
  • 14,000 Things to be Happy About. by Barbara Ann Kipfer (creative-inspirational; still-highlighted copy from middle school)

A bit ambitious, but I’ll revisit this list in a year to see what I got through…undoubtedly there will be others making their way into my hands along the way.