January 16, 2021 in reflection+studies · 7 minute read

i set a goal for this year to read books i already own, and a stretch goal to read 100 books this year on goodreads.

so, to help me accomplish at least part of these goals, i compiled a list of specific books that are highest on my list right now. i don’t anticipate that i’ll get to 100 books, or that i’ll stick exactly to this list. this is for when decision fatigue sets in, or when i’m itching to grab a new release. sadly? impressively? this isn’t my full collection of owned, to-be-read books; but in my defense, there are a lot of good reasons to have an unread library.

on capitalism & leadership

  1. bring your human to work by erica keswin
  2. team human by douglas rushkoff
  3. the healing organization by raj sisodia & michael j. gelb
  4. conscious capitalism field guide by raj sisodia, timothy henry, & thomas eckschmidt
  5. the no asshole rule by robert i. sutton
  6. the courage to be disliked by ichiro kishimi & fumitake koga
  7. rebel talent by francesca gino
  8. leading through change by carla schnitker
  9. a world of three zeros by muhammad yunus
  10. a finer future by l hunter lovins, stewart wallis, anders wijkman, & john fullerton
  11. turn this world inside out by nora samaran
  12. do nothing by celeste headlee

on technology & ethics

  1. don’t be evil by rana foroohar
  2. a human algorithm by flynn coleman
  3. hello world by hannah fry
  4. weapons of math destruction by cathy o’neil
  5. invisible women by caroline criado pérez
  6. race after technology by ruha benjamin
  7. the ethics of ambiguity by simone de beauvoir, translated by bernard frechtman
  8. heartificial intelligence by john c. havens
  9. future ethics by cennydd bowles
  10. radical technologies by adam greenfield
  11. technology and the virtues by shannon vallor
  12. the ethics of invention by sheila jasanoff
  13. heart of the machine by richard yonck
  14. applied artificial intelligence by adelyn zhou, mariya yao, & marlene jia
  15. life 3.0 by max tegmark
  16. the fourth industrial revolution by klaus schwab
  17. shaping the fourth industrial revolution by klaus schwab
  18. being mortal by atul gawande

on environment & local community

  1. world of wonders by aimee nezhukumatathil
  2. the story of more by hope jahren
  3. bringing nature home by douglas w. tallamy
  4. nature’s best hope by douglas w. tallamy
  5. the sweetness of a simple life by diana beresford-kroeger
  6. braiding sweetgrass by robin wall kimmerer
  7. gathering moss by robin wall kimmerer
  8. the death and life of the great lakes by dan egan
  9. seventh generation earth ethics by patty leow
  10. indian nations of wisconsin by patty leow
  11. dreaming history edited by mary anne doane
  12. wisconsin’s natural communities by randy hoffman
  13. evicted by matthew desmond

on human rights & histories

  1. a people’s history of the united states by howard zinn
  2. an indigenous peoples’ history of the united states by roxanne dunbar-ortiz
  3. me and white supremacy by layla f. saad
  4. how to be antiracist by ibram x. kendi
  5. when they call you a terrorist by patrisse khan-cullors & asha bandele
  6. ain’t i a woman by bell hooks
  7. between the world and me by ta-nehisi coates
  8. everything sad is untrue by daniel nayeri
  9. cassandra speaks by elizabeth lesser

on healing & psychology

  1. the war for kindness by jamil zaki
  2. wintering by katherine may
  3. a radical guide for women with adhd by sari solden
  4. when food is comfort by julie m. simon
  5. the art of showing up by rachel wilkerson miller
  6. the emotionally absent mother by jasmin lee cori
  7. maybe you should talk to someone by lori gottlieb
  8. the drama of the gifted child by alice miller, translated by ruth ward

on spirituality & creativity

  1. the artist’s way by julia cameron
  2. drawing down the moon by margot adler
  3. women who run with the wolves by clarissa pinkola estés
  4. jung and tarot: an archetypal journey by sallie nichols
  5. the wisdom of birch, oak, and yew by penny billington
  6. belonging by toko-pa turner
  7. if women rose rooted by sharon blackie
  8. foxfire, wolfskin, and other stories of shapeshifting women by sharon blackie

science fiction

  1. persephone station by stina leicht
  2. do androids dream of electric sheep? by philip k. dick
  3. galateia 2.2 by richard powers
  4. goddess in the machine by lora beth johnson
  5. this is how you lose the time war by amal el-mohtar & max gladstone
  6. foundryside by robert jackson bennett
  7. the imperial radch trilogy by ann leckie
  8. the city we became by n.k. jemisin
  9. infomocracy by malka ann older
  10. memory of water by emmi itäranta
  11. dune by frank herbert
  12. wild seed by octavia e. butler
  13. lost objects by marian womack
  14. the midnight library by matt haig
  15. the mother code by carole stivers
  16. the female man by joanna russ

fantasy fiction

  1. the once and future witches by alix e. harrow
  2. the unspoken name by a.k. larkwood
  3. the deep by rivers soloman
  4. raven’s wand by steve hutton
  5. six of crows by leigh bardugo
  6. the watchmaker of filigree street by natasha pulley
  7. black sun by rebecca roanhorse
  8. the invisible life of addie larue by v.e. schwab
  9. lavinia by ursula k. le guin
  10. piranesi by susanna clarke

historical fiction

  1. dreaming the eagle by manda scott
  2. the book of longings by sue monk kidd
  3. shield-maiden by melanie karsak
  4. the silence of the girls by pat barker
  5. the lost queen by signe pike
  6. the mercies by kiran milkwood hargrave
  7. conjure women by afia atakora
  8. the library of legends by janie chang
  9. this tender land by william kent krueger
  10. the vanishing half by brit bennett

gothic, occult, thriller & mystery fiction

  1. the furies by katie lowe
  2. things in jars by jess kidd
  3. mexican gothic by silvia moreno-garcia
  4. disappearing earth by julia phillips
  5. the sea priestess by dion fortune
  6. pine by francine toon
  7. the year of the witching by alexis henderson
  8. tuesday mooney talks to ghosts by kate racculia

genre, literary, & contemporary fiction

  1. lilian boxfish takes a walk by kathleen rooney
  2. eleanor oliphant is completely fine by gail honeyman
  3. when we were vikings by andrew david macdonald
  4. split tooth by tanya tagaq
  5. the removed by brandon hobson
  6. lost and wanted by nell freudenberger

translated fiction

  1. beowulf by unknown, translated by maria dahvana headley
  2. 1q84 by haruki murakami, translated by jay rubin & philip gabriel
  3. the traveling cat chronicles by hiro arikawa, translated by philip gabriel
  4. the three-body problem by liu cixin, translated by ken liu