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The 2018 End of Year Recap — Oh, and 63 Book Reviews

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The 2018 End of Year Recap — Oh, and 63 Book Reviews

Holy cow balls. 2018 was crazy. It was likely the most productive year of my life, yet it’s also the least I’ve published on this site in more than five years. I apologize for that, of course. But know that there’s plenty in store in 2019, that I think (read: hope) will make it worth it for you all.

This year, I started and finished my next book (currently titled: Everything is Fucked: A Book About Hope). It will be out in April. I recorded over 40 hours of audio for a new Audible Original project that will be coming out next year. And I signed on to help Will Smith write his book, due out at the end of next year.

All three of those will be coming out next year. And there will be multiple speaking tours, hitting major cities across the US/Canada and possibly UK and Australia, as well. I’m working out how to get site members special access (and maybe discounts) to those events. So, stay tuned.

As for the site, there will be a new course next year, a downloadable app with all of the site’s content, more regular posting, and possibly a podcast. Nope, not slowing down. It’s full speed ahead, motherfuckers. I appreciate your patience this past year.
My Favorite Books of 2018
But on to the books… Each year, I like to look back on all of the reading I’ve done that year and pick out some favorites to review and recommend to site members. You can see last year’s recap here.

This year I read 63 books. 31 were general non-fiction, 14 were philosophy, nine were biography/memoir, and eight were fiction. In total, I read 21,562 pages (roughly 500 pages less than last year), averaging 59 pages per day, and 342 pages per book. I also started and abandoned 12 other books.

My favorite books that I read in 2018 are, in order: I Am Dynamite!: A Life of Nietzsche by Sue Prideaux; The Evolving Self by Robert Kegan; The Three-Body Problem Trilogy by Cixin Liu; Democracy for Realists by Christopher Aachens and Larry Bartels; and The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt.

Reviews of all 63 books below: …

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