2015: The year in books
I’m reviving an old tradition from my defunct blog, where I used wrap up each year by sharing a list of books I read.
My goal for 2015 was to read 26 books: an average of one every two weeks. As of December 19, I’ve only made it to 24. But I don’t feel bad, since I also wrote a book this year!
Here’s what I read in 2015, with a few notes about some of my favorites.
Money: Master the Game by Tony Robbins
Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
It was only after finishing Blood Will Out that I realized Water Kirn also wrote Up in the Air, another of my favorites.
Fascinate: Your 7 Triggers to Persuasion and Captivation by Sally Hogshead
What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars by Jim Paul and Brendan Moynihan
A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy by William B. Irvine
Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits — to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life by Gretchen Rubin
There’s a lot I like about this book, but I found the Four Tendencies to be especially insightful.
The Thin Green Line: The Money Secrets of the Super Wealthy by Paul Sullivan
Cape Horn to Starboard by John Kretschmer
I read Flirting With Mermaids last year. After Cape Horn to Starboard, Kretschmer became one of my favorite authors—on sailing or any topic.
Blown Away by Herb Payson
Hilarious true story of a family who buys a wooden sailboat in LA, moves aboard, and sails to the South Pacific for a few years.
The Happy Isles of Oceania: Paddling the Pacific by Paul Theroux
I got this book as a gift more than 10 years ago. For some reason I decided to pick it up this year, and I’m sure glad I did.
You Can’t Blow Home Again by Herb Payson
Assembling California by John McPhee
Panama by Thomas McGuane
Ninety Two in the Shade by Thomas McGuane
In a (very) roundabout way, the television show Californication inspired my McGuane kick this year. In addition to Panama and Ninety Two in the Shade, I enjoyed this long McGuane interview in the Paris Review.
Wanderer by Sterling Hayden
A rambling, expansive memoir. But it’s one of my favorite books from 2015.
The Art of Seamanship: Evolving Skills, Exploring Oceans, and Handling Wind, Waves, and Weather by Ralph Naranjo
Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age by Sherry Turkle
The Ivy Portfolio: How to Invest Like the Top Endowments and Avoid Bear Markets by Mebane Faber and Eric Richardson
Sailing a Serious Ocean: Sailboats, Storms, Stories and Lessons Learned from 30 Years at Sea by John Kretschmer
Jack London: San Francisco Stories (edited by Matthew Asprey)
Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just 5 Days by Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky, and Braden Kowitz
Hey, that’s me! And lest you think I’m just trying to be funny, I did read Sprint—many times. We wrote and reviewed dozens of drafts while working on the book, and I think it made the book a lot better. We hope you’ll agree.
What did you read this year?