In 2018, I finished 50 books, more than I’ve ever finished in any year of my (adult) life. The following is a sample of my top favorites from last year.

Quiet by Susan Cain – a book about introverts, for introverts. In other words, perfect for me.

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling – popular for a reason. I finally get it now.

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan – crazy good writing about something I can never comprehend – being rich. I know what it’s like to be Asian though.

You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie – a rich, poignant poetry/prose about the tumultuous relationship between the author and his mother.

Educated by Tara Westover – this is an astoundingly good memoir. Enough said.

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls – I can never imagine the kind of childhood the author had, but can definitely empathize with being poor.

Drive and When by Daniel Pink – One’s about motivation, and the other is about timing – two topics I’ve yet to read much about, and both were very insightful.


These are the ones on regular rotation on my phone.

  • The moth
  • NPR’s Ask Me Another
  • Ted Radio Hour
  • The Indicator
  • Hidden Brain
  • Work Life with Adam Grant
  • NYT Modern Love
  • The Art of Manliness