Best Books Read in Early 2019: Links

I recently asked people for their favorite books of those they had read so far in 2019, and the resulting Twitter thread was kinda wonderful. Like usual, however, it was a lot of work to extract actual links to actual books, so I didn’t do it. I am therefore indebted to @proales for doing the hard work and then emailing the results to me, which I can now share.

Lonesome Dove

Thinking in Bets

The Godfather

The Beggar’s Opera

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

Bad Blood


AI Superpowers

All The King’s Men

Broken Earth Trilogy

A Man Called Ove


The Sympathizer

The Wizard and the Prophet

The Fifth Risk


Being Mortal

Adaptive Markets

Camelot’s End

Why We Sleep

Mr Five Percent

Reasons to Stay Alive

The Courage to be disliked

Skunk Works

Saudi America

Billion Dollar Whale


Myth of Capitalism

Book of 5 Rings

Power Ball

Kitchen Confidential


Trial of Strength: Adventures and Misadventures on the Wild and Remote Subantarctic Islands

Darwin’s first theory

The Wright Brothers

• The Nexus trilogy (Book 1, Book 2, Book 3)

So you wanna talk about race

Culture Code

All the Light We Cannot See

A World Undone

The Periodic Table

Three body problem

Prophet of Freedom


Wild Bill

13.8 The quest to find the true age of the universe

The Border

Giovanni’s Room

Last Samurai

Lord of Finance

The Scarecrow

The Longevity Solution: Rediscovering Centuries-Old Secrets to a Healthy, Long Life

Energy and Civilization: A History

Red Notice

The Swerve

The Goodness Paradox

Guns, Germs and Steel


The Art of Racing in the Rain

How Children Succeed

Can’t Hurt Me

The Myth of the Rational Market

Jeff Buckley: From Hallelujah to the Last Goodbye

The Leopard (Gattopado)

• King killer Chronicles (Book 1, Book 2)



One of Ten Billion Earths

The Dark Forest

Shoe Dog

There Will Be No Miracles Here

The Sunset Limited

Just Mercy

The Dream Machine

Skin in the Game

Cadillac Desert




Radical Candor

The Discovery of Slowness

The Man Within My Head

Sir Vidia’s Shadow

American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassins

Beyond the 100th Meridian

Atomic habits


Reporter (by Sy Hersch)

Creative Selection

The Painter By Peter Heller

Who is Michael Ovitz

Master of the Senate

The beginning of infinity

• From the Diaries of John Henry (???)

The Gene: An Intimate History

The Reformation

Empire on the Edge

Educated by Tara Westover

If We Can Keep It

The History of Love

Rise and kill first

The Day the Bubble Burst


Nolo contendere

Total Anecdotal

Rules of Civility


Weight of the Earth: Tape Diaries of David Wojnarowicz

The Witch Elm


Bird by Bird

Far field

John McPhee, Draft No. 4


A Confederacy of Dunces