Reading List

Reading is how I feed my soul. I saw a comment somewhere that a small bookstore contains more wisdom than all of television, which I wholeheartedly agree with. My reading generally includes a mix of classics, popular fiction, science fiction, non-fiction, Christian non-fiction, memoirs, satire, mountaineering literature—to borrow a phrase from Stephen King, “everything I can get my hands on”.

Here is a non-exhaustive list of the books I have read, in reverse chronological order. Mostly, this is for me to keep track of things, but if I didn’t enjoy or complete a book, it won’t be here, so you could perhaps use this as a source of inspiration if you’re in need of something new to read. Books featured here are a combination of physical books and e-books, which I read on an older iPad that also doubles as a website-testing device.

The To-Read List

  • Ridgerunner by Gil Adamson
  • The Runaway Jury by John Grisham
  • Where the Clouds Can Go by Conrad Kain
  • The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
  • Bugaboo Dreams by Topher Donahue
  • The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • It by Stephen King
  • Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
  • The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  • A Life in Medicine by William Osler
  • Alone on the Wall by Alex Honnold
  • 438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea by Jonathan Franklin
  • All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • The Body Keeps The Score: Brain, Mind, And Body In The Healing Of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk
  • For the Love of Men: From Toxic to a More Mindful Masculinity by Liz Plank

2021

  • Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener
  • The Firm by John Grisham
  • The Mosquito Coast by Paul Theroux
  • Fearfully and Wonderfully Made by Dr. Paul Brand and Philip Yancey
  • Carrie by Stephen King
  • The Stand: The Complete & Uncut Edition by Stephen King
  • 50 Percent of Mountaineering is Uphill by Susanna Pfisterer
  • The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
  • McTeague by Frank Norris
  • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
  • The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson

2020

  • Anna Karenin by Leo Tolstoy, translated by Rosemary Edmonds
  • Reminiscences of a Stock Operator by Edwin Lefèvre
  • At Home in Nature by Rob Wood
  • This Is Depression: A Comprehensive, Compassionate Guide for Anyone Who Wants to Understand Depression by Diane McIntosh
  • The Question of God: C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud Debate God, Love, Sex, and the Meaning of Life by Armand Nicholi
  • Famous Last Words by Timothy Findley

2019

  • South by Ernest Shackleton
  • Educated by Tara Westover
  • Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business by Neil Postman
  • Beyond the Mountain by Steve House
  • Echoes: One Climber’s Hard Road to Freedom by Nick Bullock

2018

  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
  • China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan
  • Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan
  • The Bold and Cold: A History of 25 Classic Climbs in the Canadian Rockies by Brandon Pullan
  • Art of Freedom: The Life and Climbs of Voytek Kurtyka by Bernadette McDonald
  • Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose in the Avalanche Patch by Bruce Kay
  • Mountains in My Heart: A Passion for Climbing by Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner
  • A Purpose Ridden by Ryan Correy
  • Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  • Radical by David Platt
  • The 10 Best Decisions a Man Can Make: The Adventure of living in God’s Plan by Bill Farrel
  • Soul Surviver: How my Faith Survived the Church by Philip Yancey

2017

  • The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller
  • Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
  • The Case for a Creator by Lee Strobel
  • The Case for Faith by Lee Strobel
  • Disappointment with God by Philip Yancey
  • What’s So Amazing About Grace? by Philip Yancey
  • Who Moved the Stone? by Frank Morison
  • The Real Face of Atheism by Ravi Zacharias
  • The Problem of God by Mark Clark
  • Orthodoxy by Gilbert Keith Chesterton

2016

  • I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell by Tucker Max
  • Sloppy Seconds by Tucker Max
  • Hilarity Ensues by Tucker Max
  • When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
  • Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance by Atul Gawande
  • Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
  • The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande

2015

  • Summit Fever. The Story of an Armchair Climber on the 1984 Mustagh Tower Expedition by Andrew Greig

2014

  • The Calling: A Life Rocked by Mountains by Barry Blanchard
  • One Day as a Tiger: Alex Macintyre and the Birth of Light and Fast Alpinism by John Porter
  • K2: Life and Death on the World’s Most Dangerous Mountain by Ed Viesturs
  • Annapurna: First Conquest of an 8000-meter Peak by Maurice Herzog
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

2013

  • Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
  • The Will to Climb: Obsession and Commitment and the Quest to Climb Annapurna–the World’s Deadliest Peak by Ed Viesturs

2012

  • No Shortcuts to the Top: Climbing the World’s 14 Highest Peaks by Ed Viesturs
  • Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern
  • I Suck at Girls by Justin Halpern

Earlier

Exact timing on when I read these is fuzzy, but I do remember these titles being worthwhile.

  • Chickenhawk by Robert Mason
  • Dune by Frank Herbert
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
  • Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks