Audible, Goodreads, and a Very Long List

January 8, 2019

Because all the cool kids are doing it, I’ve compiled a list of all the books I’ve read in the past year. You might think, ‘Who reads anymore’, or ‘Who has the time?’ Surprisingly, this was easier than I thought and only required 3 things:

An Audible subscription

Audiobooks have come a long way from the books on tape I remember listening to growing up. Long books felt shorter, and because there were no visuals involved, I found it easier to retain information, especially when it came to more complicated topics. Still, this approach is not without its drawbacks; The basic account only gives you 1 credit per month, and I’ve never really been tempted by the Audible Originals. However, the selection is really good and since they’re an Amazon company, the service is always up.

Well worth the $15.

A Goodreads account

I have a note in iCloud (and a Reminders list) to keep track of things, but for now, the canonical record is located here. The website may be kind of ugly, but it does a decent job keeping track of what I’ve read and what my next pick should be.

Time to listen

This is a big one — having a walkable commute in addition to a working environment where I can listen while doing other things has been a great aid to this process.

With that said, here’s what I read in 2018.

  1. Young Money: Inside the Hidden World of Wall Street’s Post-Crash Recruits by Kevin Roose

  2. The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis

  3. The New CSS Layout by Rachel Andrew

  4. Going Offline by Jeremy Keith

  5. Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System from Crisis – and Themselves by Andrew Ross Sorkin

  6. Accessibility for Everyone by Laura Kalbag

  7. Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt by Michael Lewis

  8. Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli

  9. A Colossal Failure of Common Sense: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Lehman Brothers by Lawrence G. McDonald

  10. Straight to Hell: True Tales of Deviance, Debauchery, and Billion-Dollar Deals by John LeFevre

  11. The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook: A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal by Ben Mezrich

  12. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

  13. Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster by John Krakauer

  14. What Happened by Hillary Clinton

  15. The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis

  16. The Coming Storm by Michael Lewis