What is an “autobibliography”?

You’re a reader so you probably know what a bibliography is, a list of books used to write an essay or a non-fiction book. So what is an autobibliography? It’s what I call list of books that have influenced a persons life, changed them, or made them who they are today. And that’s what this page is!

Here is where you’ll find all the books I’ve read in the past, from the latest to the distant past. Each book listed links back to a post I wrote about the book itself or a quote from it. Hopefully, you’ll find a book you’re interested in reading yourself. If you do, please leave me a comment so I know you’re out there. Maybe we can have a virtual book discussion and learn from each other as well!

As you probably already have noticed, I’m in love with books of all kinds. Currently, I read an average of about two hours a day, mostly in the early morning before my day carries me away, sometimes in the middle of the night if I can’t sleep. I read just about anything, but my favorites are non-fiction history and philosophy, and classic fiction. I do throw in some modern novels from time to time and I can’t pass up Stephen King.


November 2021

  1. “Rationality – What is it, Why it Seems Scarce, and Why it Matters” by Steven Pinker – Non-fiction – Sociology

October 2021

  1. “Bitter is the New Black” by Jen Lancaster – Non-Fiction – Memoir
  2. “Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West” by Stephen E Ambrose – Non-Fiction – History
  3. “M is For Malice” by Sue Grafton – Fiction – Murder Mystery
  4. “The Lifetime Learner’s Guide to Reading and Learning” by Gary Hoover – Non-Fiction – Reading
  5. “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury – Fiction – Dystopian
  6. “‘Salem’s Lot” by Stephen King – Fiction – Thriller

September 2021

  1. “When The Sleeper Wakes” by H.G. Wells – Fiction – Sci-Fi
  2. “The Roving Mind” by Isaac Asimov – Non-Fiction – Essays
  3. “The Best American Short Stories – 2014” Fiction
  4. “Bitter is the New Black” by Jen Lancaster – Non-Fiction – Memoir

August 2021

  1. “The Stand” by Stephen King – Fiction – Novel
  2. “Love People Use Things” by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus – Nonfiction – Self Improvement
  3. “My Name is Asher Lev” by Chaim Potok – Fiction – Novel
  4. “The Big Sleep” by Raymond Chandler – Fiction – Novel
  5. “East of the Mountains” by David Guterson – Fiction – Novel
  6. “The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism” by Max Weber – Nonfiction – Sociology/History
  7. “No-Nonsense Buddhism for Beginners” by Noah Rasheta – Nonfiction – Religion
  8. “A Walk in the Woods” by Bill Bryson – Nonfiction – Travel

July 2021

  1. “The Rational Optimist – How Prosperity Evolves” by Matt Ridley – Nonfiction – Business (I say Politics and Philosophy)
  2. “Songmaster” by Orson Scott Card – Fiction – Science Fiction
  3. “The Righteous Mind” by Jonathan Haidt – Nonfiction – Philosophy

June 2021

  1. “Listen Like You Mean It” by Ximena Vengochea – Nonfiction – Communication
  2. “Mao – The Unknown Story” by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday – Nonfiction – Biography DNF
  3. “Returning to Silence – Zen Practice in Daily Life” by Dainin Katagiri – Nonfiction – Religion

May 2021

  1. “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak – Fiction – Novel
  2. “Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil” by Hannah Arendt – Non-Fiction – History
  3. “Prayer for the Dead” by David Wiltse – Fiction – Crime Drama

April 2021

  1. “The Devil in the White City” by Erik Larson – Non-Fiction – History
  2. “In the Beginning” by Alister McGrath – Non-Fiction – History – Religion
  3. “The Plot Against America” by Philip Roth – Fiction – Novel
  4. “A Theory of Everything” by Ken Wilber – Non-Fiction – Philosophy
  5. “The Valkyries” by Paulo Coelho – Fiction

March 2021

  1. “Grendel” by John Gardner Fiction – Literature
  2. “Draft No. 4 – On the Writing Process” by John McPhee Non-fiction – Writing
  3. The Green Mile” by Stephen King Fiction – Thriller
  4. “Polysecure: Attachment, Trauma and Consensual Nonmonogamy” by Jessica Fern Non-fiction – Self-help/Relationships

February 2021

  1. “The Philosophy of Peace” by John Somerville Non-Fiction – Politics
  2. “The Invisible Life of Addie Larue” by V.E. Schwab Fiction – Novel
  3. “Blink – The Power of Thinking Without Thinking” by Malcolm Gladwell Non-Fiction – Psychology
  4. “A Man Without A Country” by Kurt Vonnegut Non-Fictions – Essays
  5. “The Gods Themselves” by Isaac Asimov Fiction – Sci-Fi
  6. Wild Mind – Living the Writer’s Life” by Natalie Goldberg Non-Fiction – Writing

January 2021

  1. “The 28 Mansions of the Moon” by Motaz H Matar – Fiction – Spiritual
  2. “The Noticer” by Andy Andrews – Fiction – Spiritual
  3. “The Pleasures of Reading in an Ideological Age” by Robert Alter – Non-Fiction – Literature
  4. “The Secret Life of Dust” by Hannah Holmes – Non-Fiction – Science
  5. “Kamasutra” Translated by Wendy Doniger and Sudhir Kakar – Non-Fiction – Relationship
  6. “The Thurber Carnival” by James Thurber – Fiction – Short Stories

December 2020

  1. “Myths to Live By” by Joseph Campbell – Non-Fiction – Mythology/Religion
  2. “Ready Player Two” by Earnest Cline – Fiction – Novel
  3. “Normal People” by Sally Rooney – Fiction – Novel
  4. “How to Read Nonfiction Like a Professor” by Thomas C. Foster – Non-Fiction – Reading
  5. “Love in the Time of Cholera” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez – Fiction – Novel

November 2020

  1. “Nine Perfect Strangers” by Liane Moriarty – Fiction – Novel
  2. “How to Lose a Country – Seven Steps from Democracy to Dictatorship” by Ece Temelkuran – Non-Fiction – Politics
  3. “Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How it Transformed Our World” by Mark Pendergrast – Non-Fiction – History
  4. “The Art of Loving” by Erich Fromm – Non-Fiction – Psychology
  5. “The Library of the Unwritten” by A. J. Hackwith – Fiction – Novel – Fantasy

October 2020

  1. “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng – Fiction – Novel
  2. “You Are A Badass – How to stop doubting your greatness and start living an awesome life” by Jen Sincero – Non-Fiction – Self-help
  3. “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” by Ken Kesey – Fiction – Classic
  4. “Cheaper by the Dozen” by Frank B Gilbreth Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey – Non-Fiction – Memoir
  5. “The Mastery of Love – A Practical Guide to the Art of Relationship” by Don Miquel Ruiz – Non-Fiction – Self-help
  6. “Ask Again, Yes” by Mary Beth Keane – Fiction – Novel
  7. “13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don’t Do” by Amy Morin – Non-fiction – Self-help

September 2020

  1. “The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd – Fiction – Novel
  2. “The Mark of the Beast and Other Stories” by Rudyard Kipling – Fiction – Classic
  3. “I Am Legend” by Richard Matheson – Fiction – Sci-Fi
  4. “A Literary Education and Other Essays” by Joseph Epstein – Non-Fiction – Essays
  5. “A Canticle for Leibowitz” by Walter M. Miller, Jr. – Fiction – Apocalyptic
  6. “Chernobyl 01:23:40” by Andrew Leatherbarrow – Non-Fiction – History

August 2020

  1. “I Am Enough” by Marisa Peer – Non-Fiction – Self-Help
  2. “Henry Ford – The Wayward Capitalist” by Carol Gelderman – Non-Fiction – Biography
  3. “The Old Man and the Sea” by Ernest Hemingway – Fiction – Classics
  4. “Man and His Symbols” edited with an introduction by Carl G. Jung – Non-Fiction – Psychology
  5. “What the F – What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves” by Benjamin K. Bergen – Non-Fiction – Science
  6. “Ines of My Soul” by Isabel Allende – Historical Fiction – Novel
  7. “The Writing Life” by Annie Dillard – Non-Fiction – Writing

July 2020

  1. “A People’s Tragedy – The Russian Revolution” by Orlando Figes – Non-Fiction – History
  2. “The Ethical Slut” by Janet W. Hardy and Dossie Easton – Non-Fiction – Relationships
  3. “The Happiness Trap – How to Stop Struggling and Start Living” by Russ Harris – Non-Fiction – Self-help
  4. “A Guide to the Good Life – The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy” by William B. Irvine – Non-Fiction – Philosophy
  5. “Anxiety in Relationship” by Logan Bennett – Non-Fiction  – Self-help

June 2020

  1. “The Short Stories of Anton Chekhov” by…Anton Chekhov (of course!) – Fiction – Short Stories
  2. “Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds” by Charles Mackay, LL.D. – Non-Fiction – History
  3. “Animal Farm” by George Orwell – Fiction – Classic
  4. “I Am Spock” by Leonard Nimoy – Non-Fiction – Memoir
  5. “Women Who Run With the Wolves – Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype” by Clarissa Pinkola Estes. Ph.D. – Non-Fiction – Mythology

May 2020

  1. “Losing My Cool – Love, Literature, and a Black Man’s Escape from the Crowd” by Thomas Chatterton Williams – Non-Fiction – Memoir
  2. “Writing to Learn” by William Zinsser – Non-Fiction – Writing
  3. “Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands” by Jorge Amado – Fiction – Novel
  4. “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand – Fiction – Novel (DNF)
  5. “Imagine – How Creativity Works” by Jonah Lehrer – Non-Fiction – Science

April 2020

  1. “IT” by Stephen King – Fiction – Thriller
  2. “In The Time of the Butterflies” by Julia Alvarez – Fiction – Novel
  3. “I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t) – Making the Journey from ‘What Will People Think?’ To ‘I am Enough’” by Brene Brown – Non-Fiction – Sociology

March 2020

  1. “What We Talk About When We Talk About Books – The History and Future of Reading” by Leah Price – Non-Fiction – History
  2. “On Writing Well” by William Zinsser – Non-Fiction – Writing
  3. “King Solomon’s Mines” by H. Rider Haggard – Fiction – Classic Novel
  4. “The Story of Buddhism” by Donald S. Lopez Jr. – Non-Fiction – Religion
  5. “The Tempest” by William Shakespeare – Fiction – Play
  6. “Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH” by Robert C. O’Brien – Fiction – Children’s Novel
  7. “Everybody Writes – Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content” by Ann Handley – Non-Fiction – Writing
  8. “The World According to Garp” by John Irving – Fiction – Novel
  9. “Stillness is the Key” by Ryan Holiday – Non-Fiction Philosophy
  10. “Twin Peaks and Philosophy” Edited by Richard Greene and Rachel Robison-Greene – Non-Fiction – Philosophy

February 2020

  1. “Bridge to Terabithia” by Katherine Paterson – Fiction  – Children’s
  2. “The Choice” by Claire Wade – Fiction – Dystopian
  3. “Fear of Flying” by Erica Jong – Fiction – Feminist
  4. “Munich” by Robert Harris – Fiction – Historical
  5. “Circe” by Madeline Miller – Fiction – Mythical
  6. “Assholes: A Theory” by Aaron James – Non-Fiction – Philosophy – Social Science
  7. “The Bookshop of Yesterdays” by Amy Meyerson – Fiction – Modern Novel

January 2020

  1. “Bruce Lee: a life” by Matthew Polly – Non-Fiction – Biography
  2. “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card Fiction – Science – Fiction
  3. “Vondel’s Lucifer” by Joost van den Vondel – Fiction – Classic
  4. “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover – Non-Fiction – Memoir
  5. “Emma” by Jane Austen – Fiction – Classic
  6. “Ten Years in the Tub – A Decade of Soaking in Great Books” by Nick Hornby – Non-Fiction – Essays
  7. “As I Lay Dying” by William Faulkner – Fiction – Classic

2019

“The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” by Taylor Jenkins Reid – Fiction – Novel

“The Man in the Iron Mask” by Alexander Dumas – Fiction – Classic

“Sixty Stories” by Donald Barthelme – Fiction – Short Stories

“The Shining” by Stephen King – Fiction – Thriller

“Uncommon Type” by Tom Hanks – Fiction – Short Stories

“The Fifth Agreement” by Don Miguel Ruiz – Non-Fiction – Spiritual

“The Travels of Marco Polo” by Marco Polo – Non-Fiction – History

“Talking to Strangers” by Malcolm Gladwell – Non-Fiction – Sociology

“Things No One Else Can Teach Us” by Humble the Poet – Non-Fiction – Self-Help

“Create Dangerously” by Albert Camus – Non-Fiction – Essay

“Embrace Your Weird” by Felicia Day – Non-Fiction – Self-Help

“The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz – Non-Fiction – Self-Help

“In Pieces” by Sally Field – Non-Fiction – Memoir

“The Bookshop on the Corner” by Jenny Colgan – Fiction – Novel

“Walden” by Henry David Thoreau – Non-Fiction – Memoir

“The Shining” by Stephen King – Fiction – Thriller

“Sixty Stories” by Donald Barthelme – Fiction – Short Stories – DNF

“Good Omens” by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett – Fiction – Novel

“Hidden” by Lisa Sell – Fiction – Novel – DNF

“Unlearn” by Humble the Poet – Non-Fiction – Self-Help

“More Than Two” by Franklin Veaux & Janet Hardy – Non-Fiction – Relationships

“The Alienist” by Caleb Carr – Fiction – Mystery Novel

“Pamela, Or, Virtue Rewarded” by Samuel Richardson – Fiction – Classic Romance

“Lanterns & Lances” by James Thurber – Fiction – Essays

“Rivers of Blood, Years of Darkness” by Robert Conot – Non-Fiction – History

“Night Shift” by Stephen King – Fiction – Short Stories

“Revolution at Berkeley” by Miller and Gillmore – Non-Fiction – History – DNF

“Beyond Good and Evil” by Fridrich Nietzsche – Non-Fiction – Philosophy – DNF

“Wise Blood” by Flannery O’Conner – Fiction – Novel

“How to Do Nothing – Resisting the Attention Economy” by Jenny Odell – Non-Fiction – Social Science

“Carrie” by Stephen King – Fiction – Novel

“Bright Lights Big City” by Jay McInerney – Fiction – Novel

“The Man Who Quit Money” by Mark Sundeen – Non-Fiction – Biography

“Reading Like a Writer – A Guide for People who Love Books and For Those Who Want to Write Them” by Fancine Prose – Non-Fiction – Writing

“The Best American Essays” edited by Hilton Als – Non-Fiction – Essays

“Writing as a Path to Awakening” by Albert Fylnn DeSilver – Non-Fiction – Writing

“The Last Days of the Late, Great State of California” by Curt Gentry – Historical Fiction

“Following Muhammad – Rethinking Islam in the Contemporary World” by Carl W. Ernst – Non-Fiction – Religion

“Under The Dome” by Stephen King – Fiction – Novel

“Paul Simon: the life” by Robert Hilburn – Non-Fiction – Biography

“Game of Thrones” by George RR Martin – Fiction – Fantasy

“The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt – Fiction – Novel

“The Pagan Christ” by Tom Harpur – Non-Fiction – Religion

“Breathing In Breathing Out” by Ralph Fletcher – Non-Fiction – Writing

“Everything is Fucked” by Mark Manson – Non-Fiction – Social

“Bowling Alone” by Robert D. Putnum – Non-Fiction – Social Science

“Tell Me Lies” by Carola Lovering – Fiction – Novel

“Religious Literacy” by Stephen Prothero – Non-Fiction – Religion

“Bird Box” by Josh Malerman – Fiction – Novel – Thriller

“A Student of History” by Nina Revoyr – Fiction – Novel

“Rebecca” by Daphne Du Maurier – Fiction – Novel

“Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor E. Frankl – Non-Fiction – Psychology

“The Brothers Karamazov” by Fydor Dostoevsky – Fiction – Classic

“The Little Paris Bookshop” by Nina George – Fiction – Novel – Romance

“The Revenge of Analog” by David Sax – Non-Fiction – Tech – Social

“American Gods” by Neil Gaiman – Fiction – Novel

“Elmer Gantry” by Sinclair Lewis – Fiction – Novel

“Depression is a Choice” by A.B. Curtiss – Non-Fiction – Self-help

“Warrior Goddess Training” by Heatherash Amara – Non-Fiction – Spirituality

“You Learn by Living” by Eleanor Roosevelt – Non-Fiction – Self-help

“Gray Mountain” by John Grisham – Fiction – Novel

“The Discovery of Heaven” by Harry Mulisch – Fiction – Novel

“Who Owns The Future?” by Jaron Lanier – Non-Fiction – Economics – Computers

“The Last Kingdom” by Bernard Cornwell – Historical Fiction

“Modern American Memoirs” Edited by Annie Dillard and Cort Conley – Non-Fiction – Memoir

“Jude the Obscure” by Thomsa Hardy – Fiction – Classic

“Democracy for Realists – Why Elections do not Produce Responsive Government” by Christopher H. Achen and Larry M. Bartels – Non-Fiction – Politics

“The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brian – Fiction – Vietnam

“Writing the Memoir” by Judith Barrington – Non-Fiction – Writing

“Snow Falling on Cedars” by David Guterson – Fiction – WWII Japanese Internment

“The Dead Zone” by Stephen King – Fiction – Thriller


“Interview with the Vampire” by Anne Rice – November 28, 2018

“Untrue: Why Nearly Everything We Believe About Women, Lust, and Infidelity is Wrong” by Wednesday Martin – November 23, 2018

“The Republic of Plato” Translated and with an Interpretive Essay by Allan Bloom – November 12, 2018

“Deliverance” by James Dickey – November 14, 2018

“On Writing – A Memoir of the Craft” by Steven King – November 5, 2018

“On Bullshit” by Harry G. Frankfurt – October 26, 2018

“One More Day” by Mitch Albom – October 22, 2018

“Lotlita” by Vladimir Nabakov – October 12, 2018

“12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos” by Jordan B. Peterson – October 8, 2018

“The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck” by Mark Manson – October 5, 2018

“Own The Day, Own Your Life – Optimized Practices for Waking, Working, Learning, Eating, Training, Playing, Sleeping, and Sex” by Aubrey Marcus September 23, 2018

“Indianapolis” by Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic – September 22, 2018

“Sex at Dawn: Why We Mate, Why we Stray, and What it means for Modern Relationships” by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha – September 15, 2018

“Everything I Never Told You” by Celest Ng – September 9, 2018

August 2018

  1. “I Am Enough” by Marisa Peer – Non-Fiction – Self-Help
  2. “Henry Ford – The Wayward Capitalist” by Carol Gelderman – Non-Fiction – Biography
  3. “The Old Man and the Sea” by Ernest Hemingway – Fiction – Classics
  4. “Man and His Symbols” edited with an introduction by Carl G. Jung – Non-Fiction – Psychology
  5. “What the F – What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves” by Benjamin K. Bergen – Non-Fiction – Science
  6. “Ines of My Soul” by Isabel Allende – Historical Fiction – Novel
  7. “The Writing Life” by Annie Dillard – Non-Fiction – Writing

July 2018

  1. “A People’s Tragedy – The Russian Revolution” by Orlando Figes – Non-Fiction – History
  2. “The Ethical Slut” by Janet W. Hardy and Dossie Easton – Non-Fiction – Relationships
  3. “The Happiness Trap – How to Stop Struggling and Start Living” by Russ Harris – Non-Fiction – Self-help
  4. “A Guide to the Good Life – The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy” by William B. Irvine – Non-Fiction – Philosophy
  5. “Anxiety in Relationship” by Logan Bennett – Non-Fiction  – Self-help

June 2018

  1. “The Short Stories of Anton Chekhov” by…Anton Chekhov (of course!) – Fiction – Short Stories
  2. “Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds” by Charles Mackay, LL.D. – Non-Fiction – History
  3. “Animal Farm” by George Orwell – Fiction – Classic
  4. “I Am Spock” by Leonard Nimoy – Non-Fiction – Memoir
  5. “Women Who Run With the Wolves – Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype” by Clarissa Pinkola Estes. Ph.D. – Non-Fiction – Mythology

May 2018

  1. “Losing My Cool – Love, Literature, and a Black Man’s Escape from the Crowd” by Thomas Chatterton Williams – Non-Fiction – Memoir
  2. “Writing to Learn” by William Zinsser – Non-Fiction – Writing
  3. “Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands” by Jorge Amado – Fiction – Novel
  4. “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand – Fiction – Novel (DNF)
  5. “Imagine – How Creativity Works” by Jonah Lehrer – Non-Fiction – Science

April 2018

  1. “IT” by Stephen King – Fiction – Thriller
  2. “In The Time of the Butterflies” by Julia Alvarez – Fiction – Novel
  3. “I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t) – Making the Journey from ‘What Will People Think?’ To ‘I am Enough’” by Brene Brown – Non-Fiction – Sociology

March 2018

  1. “What We Talk About When We Talk About Books – The History and Future of Reading” by Leah Price – Non-Fiction – History
  2. “On Writing Well” by William Zinsser – Non-Fiction – Writing
  3. “King Solomon’s Mines” by H. Rider Haggard – Fiction – Classic Novel
  4. “The Story of Buddhism” by Donald S. Lopez Jr. – Non-Fiction – Religion
  5. “The Tempest” by William Shakespeare – Fiction – Play
  6. “Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH” by Robert C. O’Brien – Fiction – Children’s Novel
  7. “Everybody Writes – Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content” by Ann Handley – Non-Fiction – Writing
  8. “The World According to Garp” by John Irving – Fiction – Novel
  9. “Stillness is the Key” by Ryan Holiday – Non-Fiction Philosophy
  10. “Twin Peaks and Philosophy” Edited by Richard Greene and Rachel Robison-Greene – Non-Fiction – Philosophy

February 2018

  1. “Bridge to Terabithia” by Katherine Paterson – Fiction  – Children’s
  2. “The Choice” by Claire Wade – Fiction – Dystopian
  3. “Fear of Flying” by Erica Jong – Fiction – Feminist
  4. “Munich” by Robert Harris – Fiction – Historical
  5. “Circe” by Madeline Miller – Fiction – Mythical
  6. “Assholes: A Theory” by Aaron James – Non-Fiction – Philosophy – Social Science
  7. “The Bookshop of Yesterdays” by Amy Meyerson – Fiction – Modern Novel

January 2018

  1. “Bruce Lee: a life” by Matthew Polly – Non-Fiction – Biography
  2. “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card Fiction – Science – Fiction
  3. “Vondel’s Lucifer” by Joost van den Vondel – Fiction – Classic
  4. “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover – Non-Fiction – Memoir
  5. “Emma” by Jane Austen – Fiction – Classic
  6. “Ten Years in the Tub – A Decade of Soaking in Great Books” by Nick Hornby – Non-Fiction – Essays
  7. “As I Lay Dying” by William Faulkner – Fiction – Classic