Now Reading

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

I predominantly read Audiobooks. All books are consumed as audiobooks unless noted with a ‘v‘, which denotes visual consumption (v‘s will often fall into the slow track). Texts with a strikethrough I did not finish. Notation: – – , – , + , ++; indicate a vague reflection of: my enjoyment, the text’s quality, and if I’ve remembered it.

Finished, Archive (Oct 16 – Dec 17)

Recently Finished (Apr – May 19)

  • Adam Savage, Every Tool’s a Hammer
  • Nassim Taleb, Skin in the Game
  • Cixin Liu, The Three-Body Problem

Finished (Dec – Mar 19)

  • Alice Shroeder, The Snowball
  • Don Miguel Ruiz, The Mastery of Love
  • Jordan B. Peterson, 12 Rules for Life
  • Olivia Cabane, The Charisma Myth
  • Jon Ronson, The Psychopath Test
  • David Linden, The Compass of Pleasure
  • Seth Godin, Linchpin
  • Eliezer Yudkowsky, Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality (v)
  • Andrew Maclean, Head Lopper, Vol 1 (v)
  • Molly Ostertag, The Witch Boy (v)
  • Rick Remender, Black Science, Vol 1 (v)
  • Max Ritvo, The Final Voicemails: Poems (v)
  • James Clear, Atomic Habits ++
  • Chris Bailey, Hyperfocus
  • James Corey, Leviathan Wakes
  • Jonathan Hickman, East of West, Vol 1 – 4 (v)
  • Scott Synder, Wytches (v)
  • Brenden Fletcher, Isola (v)

Finished (Jan – Nov 18)

  • Angella Duckworth, Grit
  • Samin Nosrat, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat
  • Mary Roach, Packing for Mars
  • Martin E.P. Seligman, Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being
  • Daniel Gilbert, Stumbling on Happiness
  • Danielle Town, Invested (a) ++
  • Gabriel Wyner, Fluent Forever
  • Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh (a)
  • Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird (a)
  • Steven Pressfield, The War of Art (a)
  • John Brockman, This Will Make You Smarter (a)
  • Mark W. Muesse, Practicing Mindfulness (a)
  • Sebastian Junger, Tribe (a)
  • Claire North, The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
  • Melody Beattie, Codependant No More
  • Nick Lane, The Vital Question
  • William B. Irvine, A Guide to the Good Life
  • Giulia Enders, Gut (a)
  • Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, Everybody Lies (a)
  • Naomi Klein, This Changes Everything (a)
  • Seth Godin, This Is Marketing (a) ++
  • Gary Keller, The ONE Thing (a)
  • Jesse Itzler, Living with a SEAL (a) +
  • Scott Pape, The Barefoot Investor (a) ++
  • Jeff Vandermeer, Annihilation Trilogy (a)
  • Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning (a)
  • Daniel H. Pink, Drive (a)

Reading, Fast Track

  • Ted Chiang, Exhalation: Stories

Reading, Slow Track


  • Yaa Gyasi, Homegoing
  • Keith Johnstone, Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre
  • The Design of Everyday Things by Donald A. Norman

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)
  • Sonia Shah, The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years


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: 29/11/2018