Now Consuming

This page is a branch of Rao’s Now Reading. I track what I consume from radar-to-read in my pipeline. I try to update this on a monthly basis.

I predominantly consume Audiobooks. Note below: a denotes audio consumption, and ‘v‘ denotes visual consumption (v‘s will often fall into the slow track). Texts with a strikethrough I did not finish. Notation: – – , – , + , ++; indicate a vague union of my enjoyment, the text’s quality, and if I’ve remembered it.

Recently Finished (Oct – Dec)

  • Daniel Dennet, From Bacteria to Bach and Back (a) –
  • Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (a) ++
  • Yuval Noah Harari, Homo Deus (a) ++
  • Jeff Vandermeer, Borne (a) –
  • Steven Pressfield, Do The Work (a) ++
  • Nate Silver, The Signal and the Noise (a) +
  • Brad Stone, The Upstarts (a) ++
  • Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale (a) +
  • Gretchen Bakke, The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future (a) +
  • Nassim Taleb, The Black Swan (a) ++

Finished (Jul – Sep)

  • Nassim Taleb, Antifragile (a) +
  • Emily Nagoski, Come As You Are (a) ++
  • Jon Ronson, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed (a) ++
  • Don and Alex Tapscott, Blockchain Revolution (a) +
  • Marie Kondo, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (a) –

  • Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Gene: An Intimate History (a) ++
  • Elizabeth Kolbert, Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History (a) ++
  • Raoul Martinez, Creating Freedom Power, Control and the Fight for Our Future (a) ++
  • Darrell Huff, How To Lie With Statistics (a) –
  • Dale Carnegie, How To Win Friends And Influence People (a) +
  • Eliezer Yudkowsky, Rationality: From AI to Zombies (v) ++

    • Rationality was a 12 month read. It was long, complex, and it was not audio so I only consumed it on public  transport.
  • Mark Manson, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck (a) –

Finished, Archive (Oct 16 – Jun 17)

Reading, Fast Track

  • Jeff Vandermeer, Annihilation (a)

Reading, Slow Track

  • Eliezer Yudkowsky, Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality (v)
  • Mark Rippetoe, Starting Strength (v)


  • Giulia Enders, Gut (a)
  • Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, Everybody Lies (a)
  • Naomi Klein, This Changes Everything (a)
  • Daniel H. Pink, Drive (a)
  • Ryan Holiday, The Daily Stoic (a)
  • Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning (a)
  • William B. Irvine, A Guide to the Good Life (a)

On Radar

  • Sarah Perry, Every Cradle is a Grave (v)
  • Randall Munroe, Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words (v)
  • Pierre Bayard, How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read (v)
  • Venkatesh G. Rao, Being Selfish (v)
  • Yaa Gyasi, Homegoing
  • Neal Stephenson, Seveneves
  • Sonia Shah, The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years
  • Nick Lane, The Vital Question
  • Keith Johnstone, Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre
  • The Design of Everyday Things by Donald A. Norman


I have been compiling my time I spend reading each day, and how often I finish texts. So far it spans 2 months. Prior to 12 months ago I was reading 3 books a year (aside from my textbooks), until I picked up Audiobooks. I’ll update with some visual data at the end of the month (Dec) – I’ll get on to it soon.

I lost a month’s worth of tracked data in December, leaving me with only half October and all of November. Disheartened, I haven’t been tracking my reading since. I do plan on making it easier for me to record – and using the November data. But I doubt it. I could research how long each audiobook length is and then divide by the months.

A foreseeable way of tracking my consumption is by the length of each book. However, I often play it at 1.1x – 1.3x the recorded speed. I may produce estimates in the future. Hopes of recording my consuming/day and the action undertaking at the same time is too demanding.

Last updated: 28/12/2017